Erin Burnett Weds in N.Y.C
12/22/2012 AT 11:45 AM EST
The 36-year-old anchor married David Rubulotta, 42, a managing director at Citigroup, in a ceremony at City Hall on Friday that was officiated by a Justice of the Peace.
The bride donned a red dress to the ceremony, a departure from what she told PEOPLE she planned to wear.
"We're very casual. I love how at City Hall people come in everything from wedding gowns to jeans. It's so mellow and chill, just how we like it," she said.
Later, for their reception at Atlantic Grill, the bride changed into a gold, floor-length beaded gown by Carmen Marc Valvo couture. And the couple entered to Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York."
As for the party, Burnett planned it herself, and she included many holiday-themed touches such as a classical guitarist playing Christmas carols. "Christmas is our favorite time of year," Burnett said. "We thought it would be the perfect time to get married."
"I was overflowing with joy to have those I love together," she said of the reception.
The couple met on a blind date eight years ago. Burnett recalled that when she walked into the restaurant and saw Rubulotta, she thought, "I hope that's him."
In September, they announced their engagement just as Burnett revealed her latest CNN show, Erin Burnett OutFront.