James Durbin Ties the Knot on New Year's Eve

12/31/2011 at 09:35 PM EST

New Year's Wedding: James Durbin Marries Heidi Lowe
Heidi Lowe and James Durbin
James Everett
James Durbin sure knows how to kick off a new year.

The rocker and American Idol alum wed longtime love Heidi Lowe on New Year's Eve, Durbin's rep confirms. The couple made it official in front of 85 guests – including their 2-year-old son, Hunter, who served as ring bearer – in a chapel at the edge of a redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

"We are so in love and happy that we got to share our special day with our closest family and friends,” the couple tells PEOPLE exclusively.





"This wedding was the perfect way to kick off the New Year. We are looking forward to living happily ever after."

Guests included Durbin's fellow Idol Season 10 alums Haley Reinhart, Stefano Langone and Casey Abrams.

Lowe and Durbin, 22, who released his debut album Memories of a Beautiful Disaster in November, plan to ring in the New Year with a reception at a local community hall that they describe as a "little bit country, little bit rock 'n roll."

One of the highlights of the night? Geoff Tate, the frontman for progressive metal band Queensrÿche, surprised the couple with a performance of his band's 1984 classic "Take Hold of the Flame" – one of Durbin and Lowe's favorite tunes.

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