TJ Lavin Weds Longtime Girlfriend in Las Vegas
11/03/2012 AT 02:30 PM EDT
Two years after a horrific crash that left him in a coma, BMX icon TJ Lavin is a married man.
The host of MTV's The Challenge wed longtime fiancée Roxanne Siordia, 32, Friday night in Las Vegas. The nuptials at City Hall came eight years to the day that the duo met.
"We always knew we wanted to get married on Nov. 2 because that's when we met," Lavin, 35, told PEOPLE. "I knew I was gonna marry her the second I met her. We thought about doing it at the drive-thru but we couldn't go through with it, so I said I was down for City Hall. Fancy weddings aren't our thing."
The couple had been talking about marriage as long as 6 years ago, but life got in the way after Lavin's accident left him comatose for 9 days. He now says he's 100 percent recovered.
"My coma ... really messed up things. If you go in a coma it really messes with your social life, so don't do it," he said, joking. "But when I got [through] my wreck ... it opened my eyes, and we had to work on our relationship more and make It more of a priority. We had to find ourselves – [then] everything was cool."
The wedding – in which Lavin donned a suit and Siordia wore a cocktail dress – had been planned for a few weeks. Next up: thinking about the honeymoon.
"I told Roxanne we can go anywhere in the world she wants to go and do anything she wants to do," he said. "So, she's got some decision making to do."
Siordia has a daughter, Raquel, 13, from a previous relationship. Lavin plans to formally adopt her.