05/07/2008 at 09:35 AM EDT
Yep, they did it! If there was any doubt Mariah Carey
and Nick Cannon's wedding was the real deal, they answer the question once and for all in this week's issue of PEOPLE, speaking for the first time about their surprise nuptials – and showing off exclusive photos from their April 30 ceremony
"We really do feel we are soulmates," Carey tells PEOPLE, following their sunset ceremony at the pop star's Bahamian estate. "I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me."
Cannon adds: "She is beautiful on the outside and 10 times as beautiful on the inside."
For more on Mariah & Nick's whirlwind romance – including photos of their new tattoos, details on Nick's candy-themed proposal, and their plans for kids (!) – pick up the latest PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday