11/06/2012 at 01:00 PM EST
Sara Ramirez has a lot to smile about these days.
"I have a very romantic outlook on life right now. I'm really happy and I'm focusing on the light and the love all around," the newlywed Grey's Anatomy
star tells Latina
in its December/January issue.
Ramirez, 37, tied the knot
in a beachfront ceremony on Independence Day this year with business analyst Ryan Debolt.
"We had a very intimate ceremony with friends and family and there was so much love in that space, I can't even tell you," the actress says, reflecting on her special day.
For someone who is loving married life, Ramirez wasn't always a romantic at heart.
"As I grew up, I started to believe that I would be one of those gals that never got married," she says. But Debolt swept her off her feet.
"The connection was there very early on," says Ramirez. "Pretty much when I first met him we both knew something on some very kind of spiritual level."
And the connection was definitely felt in their kiss: "There's nothing like the first kiss once you've been pronounced husband and wife," she says. "It's such a wonderful moment!"