Amelle Berrabah tied the knot with Marcio Sousa Rosa in a wedding that came as a surprise to many, including the bride herself.
"It was a perfect, perfect day," Amelle, 30, told HELLO! in an exclusive interview about their intimate ceremony in Mauritius – which her record executive love had secretly planned, down to the last detail.
The couple's beautiful wedding album accompanies the special report, which appears this week in the new issue of HELLO!, out now.
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'I was blown away when I saw her,' said Marcio Sousa Rosa of his pop star bride Amelle Berrabah
Waking up one morning last month, the singer had no idea she was going on holiday to the Indian Ocean island, let alone that Marcio, 28, would propose to her and make the union official all in one trip.
The Madeira-born romantic had organised the whole affair, picking out Amelle's wedding dress in a UK bridal boutique with the help of her sister Laila, and packing it in secret in his suitcase.
Three days after their arrival, Marcio proposed with a cushion-cut diamond ring – a larger version of one that he and Amelle had seen months before.
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"I was just so excited when, later on that evening, he told me we were getting married, too," said the singer. "You know they just say that you just 'know'? Well, it's completely right. Marcio is the other half to me. We're very similar but so different – we complement each other's personalities."
The groom had arranged everything, keeping in mind his love's requirements for her dream nuptials. "I always said I wanted a private wedding away with no stress," said the bride. "I just wanted it to be in a hot country."
At their beach wedding, the Tumble finalist stunned in a fishtail wedding dress that featured beaded embellishments and a romantic scooped back.
Marcio Sousa Rosa proposed in Mauritius and six days later the couple married
"I was blown away when I saw her," said Marcio. "I got very emotional when I saw her walk towards me and I thought, 'Oh my God, that's my wife and she's so beautiful.' There was so much emotion and so much relief – relief that there were no hiccups and everything had gone so well."
Although Amelle's mother and her five siblings were not at the wedding, the bride revealed that her family had known Marcio's intentions from the start and had given him their blessing.
The couple are planning a second wedding in Amelle's native Morocco in March. "It'll be lovely for my family to be part of it," she said.
Read the full interview and see more exclusive photos in this week's issue of HELLO! magazine out now.
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