updated 10/19/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/19/2012 AT 2:00 PM ET
“It’s great to be married, the ceremony was beautiful and it was so special to be surrounded by our family and friends,” the couple told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement Friday.
Timberlake, 31, and Biel, 30, kept mum about the nuptials – they were even vague to guests, keeping the location in southern Italy a complete secret until the last minute – but PEOPLE will have all the details of the wedding, including exclusive photos, in next week’s issue out Wednesday.
Most recently, Timberlake showed support for his leading lady earlier this month when she was honored at Variety’s Power of Women event for her work with Charity: Water.
The actor-musician said recently of his bride, “She’s a really, really, really special person.”