Danny Bonaduce's Surprise (to Him!) Hawaiian Wedding

12/06/2010 at 02:25 PM EST

Danny Bonaduce Married
Amy Railsback and Danny Bonaduce
Courtesy Danny Bonaduce
For three years, Danny Bonaduce had promised Amy Railsback that he would marry her anytime and that he had even bought her a ring, but he wanted her to take care of the paperwork.

Then last November then phone rang.

"The wedding planner from the hotel called to speak with Amy and told me I was getting married!” Bonaduce, 51, tells PEOPLE. “I said, ‘Honey you got something to tell me?’ Then I thought about it, and said, ‘This is a great idea!’”

The Partridge Family star and Railsback, 28, a former substitute teacher from Sacramento who is now his manager, were married Nov. 22 in a private ceremony in Maui.

It was a sunset ceremony at picturesque Plumeria Point, with just a wedding coordinator and minister on hand. Railsback says she picked out the garden spot because the backdrop was the ocean and islands

“I was going to tell him,” she says. “It was an unintentional surprise.”

The bride wore an off-white crochet dress and Bonaduce wore cream colored slacks, a shirt and lei. After the ceremony, they went for a walk on the beach and then had a Hawaiian dinner at the hotel – marinated tuna, sashimi, and a Spam California roll that was sent over by a pal, Shane Victorino, a friend and a Philadelphia Phillies’ baseball player staying at the same hotel.

And the ring the actor had picked out? It was a $400 a sterling silver diamond crusted skull and crossbones.

"It’s our insignia,” he says, “and I have a similar one." Railsback also received a Scott Kay 1¼ carat white gold setting.

Says the new Mrs. Bonaduce: “Danny realized I might not want to wear a skull and crossbones every day."

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