Ashley Tisdale on Meeting Her Husband: 'When You Know, You Know!'

Ashley Tisdale on Meeting Her Husband: 'When You Know, You Know!'
Christopher French and Ashley Tisdale
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09/12/2014 AT 09:00 AM EDT

They say the best marriages come from marrying your best friend.

Ashley Tisdale wed her best friend – Christopher French – on Monday night, taking to Instagram to announce the nuptials the next day.

"Best day of my life! Introducing Mr and Mrs French Sept. 8, 2014," she wrote in the caption.

Tisdale, 29, best known for her roles in Disney's High School Musical movies, tells PEOPLE she took her time getting to know her new hubby. "I knew him for a long time and we had always had a connection," says Tisdale. "We were friends first. As we became better friends, I definitely knew it was something completely different and special."

The couple first stepped out publicly in December 2012. French, the lead singer of Annie Automatic, proposed on top of the Empire State Building last August.

"When you know, you know!" she says about their love connection. "It just happens. It's magical."

While getting ready for her wedding, Tisdale helped produce a romantic comedy digital series for Lindt's new HELLO chocolate collection, called, It Started with HELLO. The series will feature a teaser and four short episodes in which fans will be able to choose their own endings to each story and enter to win weekly prizes.

"It's all about that first connection with each other," says Tisdale, who produced the first episode, "Office Mates."

Tisdale – who will star in the TBS series Buzzy's in 2015 – was happy to put her producer hat on again. "I produced the ABC Family show Young & Hungry, so this project was exciting for me. I've never done a cute little web series like this."

Tisdale, who is a "big fan of chocolate," says, "It's my guilty pleasure every night."

How does she manage to look so svelte then?

"I work out a lot!" she says.

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