Courtney Mazza definitely has that X Factor.
Walking down the aisle at pal Joe Francis’ home in Punta Mita, Mexico, on Dec. 1, Mario Lopez‘s love of four years stunned in a gorgeous, off-the-shoulder, lace wedding gown by designer Ines DiSanto. With her dark hair swept to the side in a low chignon, the bride was a picture of elegance and beauty. But as she revealed exclusively to Us Weekly, it wasn’t necessarily the picture she had imagined.
“I really had no idea [what I wanted], but the dress I ended up with? If you had asked me what I envisioned to wear on my wedding day, I don’t think I would have said that,” Mazza, 31, says in the Dec. 17 issue of her fluted gown. “I don’t know exactly what I would have said, but I know I wouldn’t have said lace.”
Once she saw herself in the lacy frock, however, she knew she had found the one. “It was the fourth dress I tried on, and I loved it,” she gushes. “It was just so romantic, and I felt so sexy in it.”
Her groom loved it, too — though she worried briefly that it wasn’t what he had envisioned, either.
“I was a little nervous because he said, ‘I like your arms, I like your upper body,’ and he had mentioned strapless…but I really just went with my gut,” she explains. “I thought there was no way he wouldn’t like this dress.”
She was right. “[Courtney] looked stunning. I didn’t think I was going to get emotional, but I guess I did,” Lopez, 39, tells Us of the moment he saw Mazza walking toward him. “I loved her dress. It was gorgeous. She looked like a Disney princess with a little Latin flavor. [It was] beautiful, classy, [but] still sexy.”
The X Factor host and his longtime love, with whom he has a 2-year-old daughter, Gia, tied the knot on the beach in front of 200 friends and family members. Mazza changed into a second Ines DiSanto gown with custom silver beading for the reception — where revelers danced to old-school hits and then jumped into the pool fully dressed!
“It was pretty epic,” Lopez said of the bash. “Just nonstop partying for eight hours straight.”
For more details on Mazza and Lopez’s wedding, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands Friday!