Sherri Shepherd Is Married!
08/13/2011 AT 08:15 PM EDT
Co-host Sherri Shepherd and fiancé Lamar Sally tied the knot at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, her hometown, on Saturday, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
Shepherd's eight bridesmaids included The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Niecy Nash and Community's Yvette Nicole Brown, and her 6-year-old son Jeffrey walked her down the aisle.
After using her wedding dress as her carry-on luggage on a flight from New York City to Chicago earlier in the week, Shepherd, 44, spent the days leading up to the wedding battling nerves and fitting in a few last-minute workouts at her hotel gym, according to her Twitter musings.
She even Tweeted nearly up until it was time to walk down the aisle, writing on Saturday afternoon, "Sitting in the room in my gown waiting for Sal& groomsmen to take their pics... can't let him see me b4 the wedding... but I'm bored as heck."
Right before the ceremony she Tweeted: "What happens when you are in your wedding dress and you have to tinkle? Uh-oh!"
The 30 Rock actress devoted months to trying to get in shape for her big day, which will air as a special on the Style network on Sept 13.
Shepherd, who calls her husband "Sal," had been prepping for a large ceremony since getting engaged in December.
"His family's from Detroit and mine are from Chicago, and we've got really close friends that we want to share the day with," she told PEOPLE as she planned her nuptials. "So, it's going to be pretty big."