08/08/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT
Jewel's a newlywed.
The singer and her longtime boyfriend, rodeo champion Ty Murray, eloped to the Bahamas and exchanged vows in a private ceremony Thursday night, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively. The wedding took place at The Cove Atlantis.
"She wore a traditional wedding gown, while Ty wore his favorite blue jeans, white shirt and cowboy hat," says Jewel's rep. "The couple is very happy and look forward to enjoying their honeymoon."
The pair, who never announced an engagement, have been together for ten years and share a 2,200-acre ranch
in Stephenville, Texas. Murray, 38, who hosted Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull-Riding Challenge
on CMT last year, currently stars in the video for his wife's new country single, "I Do."
At a charity event
in Nashville days before the wedding, Jewel, 34, said of marriage, "It's something that needs to be taken seriously."
Just last year, she told PEOPLE that she and Murray were in no rush to wed
"We don't know if there's a point – we've lapped our friends who've gotten married and divorced," she explained. "We probably would if we had kids – we're just not sure we want them yet. But we've had something really special already."
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