updated 04/06/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/10/2012 AT 12:00 PM ET
Talk show host Ricki Lake, 43, and her fiancé Christian Evans, 40, eloped on Sunday, tying the knot in a secret ceremony in southern California, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.
“It was a beautiful moment I will never forget,” Lake tells PEOPLE of her big day. “I wasn’t anxious or nervous. I was really relaxed and excited.”