updated 08/22/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/24/2011 AT 3:30 PM ET
“It is not often that you get to plan a very special occasion, and have it play out just as you imagined in your mind,” Burke writes in a blog post for her parenting website, Modern Mom. “Even the weather was perfect.”
Describing the wedding as a “secret mission,” she adds, “We told no one – no friends, not even our mothers. We broke the news to our children just days before our departure.”
Burke and Charvet, both 39, were married on a sailboat anchored off of a private beach, while music they had handpicked played in the background.
For the occasion, the bride wore diamond Jimmy Choos and a Mark Zunino wedding dress, which Charvet brought to the sailboat in the middle of the night to avoid paparazzi.
“I felt incredibly peaceful, certain, and blissfully happy,” she writes. “In my soul, I was already married. Making the spiritual commitment to exchange vows in our favorite place, in front of our four children, with my soulmate seemed like a real life fairytale.”
Why did the couple – who have been engaged since 2006 – wait so long to tie the knot?
“I was happy with how things were,” Burke writes. “But something changed this past year. To stand with David in the middle of the Caribbean Sea and exchange our promise to one another seemed so powerful and meaningful. It was the greatest gift that I could give to us and to our children.”