Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss Are Married! Inside Their 'Non-Traditional' Rockstar-Themed Wedding

Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss Are Married! Inside Their ‘Non-Conventional’ Rockstar-Themed Marriage ceremony

Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss have formally walked “On the Approach Down” the aisle.

The singer, 39, and the WWE star, 30, exchanged vows on the Kempa Villa in Palm Desert, California, on April 9, PEOPLE can solely announce.

Two weeks forward of the large day, the couple sat down with PEOPLE to provide all the main points on their marriage ceremony, which Bliss described as “very non-traditional” and “rockstar” themed.

“It is very us,” Cabrera stated. “The entire thing’s meant to carry out our personalities, and we’re removed from simply regular.”

Cabrera and Bliss — who began planning their marriage ceremony proper after they bought engaged in November 2020 — fell in love with their venue (which is owned by a good friend) after first stopping by to go to on their technique to a “glamping” journey in close by Joshua Tree.

Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss wedding

Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss marriage ceremony

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Then, after they bought engaged, they once more noticed their good friend who owns the five-acre property, and he urged it may very well be the “good” backdrop for his or her marriage ceremony.

“We have been like, ‘Oh my God,’ it is completely good,” Cabrera stated. “It is completely beautiful and nestled inside the mountains. On the backside, there are vineyards, and behind the home there’s a lovely lake. It is simply far sufficient exterior of Los Angeles, too.”

Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss wedding

Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss marriage ceremony

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In distinction with the serene environment of the property was a large, light-up “Welcome to the S—present” signal and scorching pink carpet that greeted their 360-count visitor listing (which Cabrera stated he “weeded down” from 608) upon arrival.

“Our marriage ceremony has been self-deemed ‘the s— present,'” Cabrera defined.

As friends arrived, they have been in a position to pour their very own glass of Campo Viejo Cava champagne from the Bubble Faucet trailer as they soaked within the acoustic sounds of singer Tyler Ward and harpist Lexie Lowell.

To kick off the ceremony, Cabrera and Bliss had individuals stroll down the aisle tossing out pictures to attendees in lieu of flower women “to actually set the stage.”

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Their households then walked down the aisle to Stroll Off the Earth’s model of Tina Turner’s “The Greatest.” The bridal and groom social gathering — which had a mixture of 16 women and men on either side — adopted, strolling all the way down to “Eye-to-Eye” from A Goofy Film, certainly one of Bliss’ favourite movies.

As Bliss made her entrance, Cabrera’s tune “Value It,” which he wrote for his proposal, performed within the background.

“I am simply making an attempt to determine how I will get by this as a result of it is such an emotional tune,” Cabrera stated. “I do not assume she understands, as a result of we have been speaking about doing our vows, and I used to be like, ‘Possibly we should always do it in personal.’ I cry rather a lot! I can not assist it. I am that man. It’s what it’s. I am emotional, so it should be waterworks.”

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On the time of their PEOPLE interview, each Cabrera and Bliss had stated that their vows have been already written.

“Mine got here to me in a dream,” Cabrera stated. “It was like 4 a.m., and I had this dream about me studying the vows to her. I used to be uncontrollably crying, however I used to be studying the vows, and I used to be like, ‘Oh, that is good things!’ So I awoke in the course of the evening and began jotting it down. That led to writing increasingly more and extra. I will in all probability be tweaking up till the day of, however that is simply the author in me … or I could scratch it and go improv.”

Bliss stated she needs to learn her vows first “as a result of I am not a author — I do not wish to comply with his!”

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Preserving with the non-traditional theme, Bliss wore a customized gown by designer Netta BenShabu in blush.

“The highest is a mesh corset bodice with rhinestones and beaded appliqué,” she stated. “It has drapey sleeves which can be removable and product of the lace from the underside of the gown, which additionally has the appliqué on it.”

Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss wedding

Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss marriage ceremony

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“The underside of my gown has 4 completely different layers of tulle — two of them are glitter tulle, and certainly one of them is blush,” Bliss added. “There’s a lengthy prepare within the again that is all glitter, however it has a bustle within the again too, to raise it up so I can dance and all of the issues. It is very whimsical, very fairytale-esque.”

Bliss — whose bridal make-up was perfected by make-up artist Ian Maxion — stated that the best way that she discovered BenShabu to make her gown was actually “coincidental.”

“With my gown, there wasn’t something that I knew I wished, I simply knew what I did not need,” she stated. “I used to be scrolling by completely different designers on Instagram and Pinterest and all this stuff, and I got here throughout Netta BenShabu’s designs, and I actually cherished them. I knew, like, ‘OK, so that is who I will purchase my gown from.'”

“Two days later, Ryan coincidentally was like, ‘Hey, so I set you up a gown appointment with this boutique in L.A., Kinsley James, they usually even have a designer who needs to design a gown for you,'” she continued. “I used to be like, ‘Oh, I have already got a designer in thoughts.’ He was like, ‘Oh, nicely a minimum of go hear her out. Her identify is Netta BenShabu.’ I used to be like, ‘Wait, what?'”

At her appointment with BenShabu, Bliss stated she tried on “a bunch of various attire” and pulled what she favored from every one.

“It was like a snowball of concepts,” she stated. “As quickly as I placed on the gown that I custom-made, I used to be like, ‘That is my gown.’ I bought emotional. The one factor everybody who I present my gown to says is, ‘That is you. That’s you in a gown.'”

One in all Bliss’ bridesmaids made her a garter of blue lace from the underside of her gown, which additionally featured borrowed gems to function her “one thing borrowed.”

As a substitute of a veil, Bliss wore a Swarovski headpiece behind her hair, which was a half-up, half-down model achieved by Cabrera’s hairdresser Josh Stinnett.

“The veil was an excessive amount of,” she stated. “There’s already rather a lot occurring with pink hair, pink gown. I feel the veil would’ve been somewhat an excessive amount of.”

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Cabrera additionally went with blush for his go well with. Bliss had these on her aspect put on completely different shades of blue.

As for his or her friends, the couple instructed them that the gown code was, “What would Harry Types do?”

“And that goes for male, feminine … what would Harry Types put on?” Cabrera added.

“One in all my cousins is sporting a Pac-Man go well with,” Bliss stated. “It should be ridiculous.”

After the ceremony, the couple made their method into the cocktail hour, which they made positive they may take pleasure in by getting all of their pictures out of the best way earlier within the day.

“We wished to attempt to spend as a lot time with all people as we may as a result of it is a vacation spot,” Cabrera stated. “Now we have individuals flying in from Dubai, from Ohio. Individuals journey, spend some huge cash to return to your marriage ceremony and see you for 15 seconds. So we’re getting high quality time in the place we are able to.”

As a way to get much more time with their friends, which they described as a “melting pot” of individuals from their respective lives and careers, Cabrera and Bliss deliberate per week of occasions main as much as their marriage ceremony, together with a ship day, a “Cabrera Basic” golf match, and a rehearsal dinner that includes the Unique Taco-Man and a magician bartender from Magic & Cocktails.

The evening earlier than the marriage, Cabrera and Bliss additionally bought their very own high quality time in.

“We’re not separating the evening earlier than as a result of we’ve to rise up early, and I already instructed her, ‘Marriage ceremony evening, babe, I’m partying. You are not getting no motion that evening. So that you higher get it the evening earlier than,'” Cabrera stated. “I am simply being trustworthy. I am partying laborious after the ceremony. I might be shocked if I do not find yourself in that lake.”

There is no doubt Cabrera and Bliss bought the social gathering began on the cocktail hour, the place they’d video games like corn gap, a large Join 4, a large Jenga, and the cube sport Farkle. Patrón additionally had a tequila bar and margarita bike.

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Different drink choices on the cocktail hour have been offered by Aware Cocktails and Amass gin.

On the reception, which friends wanted to indicate their “backstage go” to get into, Cabrera and Bliss had a tequila bar, an Absolut vodka bar, a Jameson whiskey bar, and a wine and beer bar that includes Bonita Bonita Wine, created by buddies Nikki and Brie Bella.

For meals, the couple had two of their favourite L.A. meals vans, Heavy Handed burgers and fries and Yamashiro Japanese, there to feed their friends as an alternative of getting a sit-down meal.

“We wished it to be extra laid again,” Cabrera stated. “A rooster or steak dinner just isn’t actually us.”

Additionally they had Gastro Storage catering small bites like sandwiches and pizzas made by blow torch.

“They’ve their very own space due to the fireplace,” Bliss stated, as Cabrera joked, “And my hair! You do not need me round that factor.”

For dessert, the couple had 4 completely different flavors of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Brownie Brittle, popcorn by Cookie & Sweet Pop, and a sweet bar by Sweet Vixen. As a substitute of a marriage cake, they every sabered a bottle of champagne.

“We will toast,” Cabrera stated. “It is actually concerning the celebration of the second, saying that we’re now married, and so we’ll pop the champagne.”

At their tables, which did not have assigned seating, Cabrera and Bliss used old-school CDs as their centerpieces and vinyl information because the place settings.

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ryan cabrera and alexa bliss marriage ceremony

Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss

“We love music, clearly, so we wished to carry that theme into issues,” Cabrera stated. “There is no assigned seating so individuals can go round and see what vinyl they love, like, ‘Oh my God, it is O-City! Oh wait, I am in O-City!'”

Whereas Cabrera and Bliss initially deliberate to share their first dance as a married couple to James Arthur’s “Falling Just like the Stars,” Cabrera switched to a particular recorded acoustic model of his bride’s favourite tune, “Eye to Eye,” on the final minute.

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Two DJs, DJ White Shadow and DJ Charan, in addition to ’90s and 2000s cowl band SEGA Genecide, saved friends dancing nicely into the evening. “It should be wild — I am already drained!” Cabrera stated. “It is like placing on a pageant.”

Whereas Bliss had initially bought a “enjoyable” social gathering gown for the reception, she opted as an alternative to remain in her marriage ceremony robe. Nonetheless, she did swap out her wedges for her rhinestone Betsey Johnson sneakers.

“My gown is so snug, and I did not wish to turn into one thing that everybody else can have when I’ve one thing that is customized made for me,” she stated. “My marriage ceremony planner Elle Anderson with Elle A Occasions was in my alteration with me and saved saying, ‘She wants to have the ability to raise her arms. She wants to have the ability to dance and drink and never fear.’ So we hemmed the gown to my reception sneakers, not my heels.”

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All through the evening, friends posted utilizing the couple’s marriage ceremony hashtag #OntheWayDowntheAisle, a nod to Cabrera’s 2004 hit “On the Approach Down.”

All all through planning their intricate day, Bliss stated Cabrera was “tremendous superb,” including: “I did not have to fret about any of it as a result of he is such a planner and likes to plan.”

What’s humorous is simply how unplanned their love story started. “It is like a Pals episode: the one with the rumor,” Cabrera stated.

In early 2020, whereas Cabrera was on the present Miz & Mrs with WWE wrestler The Miz, his social media workforce began liking quite a lot of wrestlers’ posts, together with Bliss’.

Alexa Bliss and Ryan Cabrera

Alexa Bliss and Ryan Cabrera

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Cabrera stated that he thinks a member of his workforce “had a crush on Lex” as a result of he was liking all the pieces that she was posting. “She was freaked out,” he stated. “I did not even learn about this. I had no thought.”

“It was bizarre,” Bliss added. “Over per week, I might get 4 or 5 notifications per day, like, ‘Ryan Cabrera favored your tweet. Ryan Cabrera replied to your tweet. Ryan Cabrera favored your tweet.’ I used to be like, ‘OK. He must settle down. I do not even know this man.'”

Finally, Cabrera and Bliss discovered what was occurring, they usually began speaking.

“I used to be on an airplane flying to Orlando to play at Disney Epcot, and we chatted for your entire aircraft journey,” Cabrera stated. “I used to be like, clearly she’s stunning, however she’s actually cool too. We each love Disney. We love the identical films. We each love Reese’s Puffs cereal.”

When Cabrera touched down in Orlando, Bliss instructed him that she lived within the metropolis. So, he invited her to his reveals. “I stated, ‘Possibly,'” Bliss recalled. “He did not like that.”

Cabrera stated he stayed “persistent” and invited her to a film, the place they ended up speaking the entire time. “We have been like, ‘That is one thing,'” he stated.

Whereas they each tour full time, their schedules coincidentally saved matching up.

“Wherever she was, I simply occurred to be,” Cabrera stated. “I used to be like, ‘I am enjoying a Thanksgiving Day parade in Chicago.’ She’s like, ‘Oh we’ve WWE Uncooked in Chicago.’ All over the place we have been going, it lined up, which is loopy too as a result of our schedules are often so reverse with my tour and her wrestling. Then she got here to a DJ gig, and I instructed her that evening, which was in all probability the second time we would frolicked in one other metropolis, that I used to be going to marry her sooner or later.”

“I am older, and I’ve dated lots of people, so I used to be like, ‘OK, I do know now after courting completely different individuals what I would like, what I do not need,'” he added. “So once I met her, I used to be like, ‘That is all the pieces I’ve all the time wished.’ In order that’s why I used to be like, ‘I will marry you sooner or later.'”

Although Bliss took a bit extra time, she stated she knew Cabrera was “the one” when she realized she was general “a happier individual.”

“Ryan brings out one of the best in me, and all my family and friends noticed a change in me for the higher,” she stated. “It was the primary time that I may genuinely say that I cherished somebody greater than myself. In order that’s once I knew I used to be in love with him. I used to be very guarded to start with as a result of I am only a guarded individual normally, and he modified that about me.”

After spending the vast majority of the COVID-19 pandemic collectively in Orlando, Cabrera knew his preliminary intestine emotions about Bliss have been proper.

“We have been collectively every single day,” he stated. “At that time, you are like, ‘OK, if we are able to get by this collectively, I feel we’ll be all proper.'”

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Cabrera took his first step in the direction of marrying Bliss when he proposed at Disney in November 2020. After months of planning, he popped the query within the park after it had closed.

“We had dinner at 9 p.m., and the park closed at 10, however clearly they allowed us to remain after the park closed as a result of they knew this was occurring,” Cabrera stated. “She was like, ‘Babe, we’ve to go. The park is closing quickly.’ She’s a rule follower, and I am the precise reverse, so I am like, ‘We’re tremendous. Come on. We’re good.'”

As they walked as much as a desk arrange for his or her proposal, Cabrera had “Value It” begin enjoying by your entire park. He then requested Bliss to bop, but nonetheless, she had no thought what was occurring.

“He simply does stuff like this, like he is so candy,” she stated. “He is a hopeless romantic. He is a planner, and it was our anniversary, so I assumed it was simply an anniversary factor.”

Bliss stated she knew this was greater than a cute anniversary date when Cabrera began “shaking” and stated, “I waited 38 years to do that.”

At that second, Cabrera stated, “I blacked out.”

“I do not even know what I stated, however I stated an entire factor, after which I bought down on one knee,” he recalled. “It was good, and the pictures got here out superb and the video got here out superb.”

For the ring, Cabrera labored with XIV Karats in L.A. to create a “royal” trying engagement ring, which he had carried round in a satchel for months.

“On the engagement day, I did not need the ring in my pocket,” he stated. “So I began sporting the satchel with the ring in it forward of time in order that the day of she would not assume something was bizarre.”

Added Bliss: “I had gotten him three customized satchels for Christmas pondering it was his factor now. For the final 4 months he had been promoting me on how handy satchels are.”

After the proposal, Cabrera had one other shock deliberate: an engagement social gathering on the Riviera Resort.

“I had 50 individuals ready in that lodge, and as quickly as we got here across the nook, the champagne was popped,” Cabrera stated. “It was fairly the day and fairly the operation, however it ended up being completely good.”

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The day after their marriage ceremony, Cabrera and Bliss will return to Disney, however this time the park in California. “We’re equipped,” Cabrera stated. “We have shirts. We have hats. All of the tacky issues, we’re all about it.”

The couple will then go to Hawaii to spend just a few days alone, earlier than being joined there by a gaggle of their buddies.

Wanting ahead to endlessly, Bliss stated, “I like that I do not know what every single day goes to carry.”

“If I wished to know what the remainder of my life would appear like each single day I might be with anybody else on the earth however Ryan,” she stated. “However I like not figuring out, and I like figuring out that I get to get up subsequent to him and bug him each morning, and it is one of the best. I like our life collectively. We always make one another snort, we always are having enjoyable, and I am simply general happier round this man. We’re already married.”

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ryan cabrera and alexa bliss marriage ceremony

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Added Cabrera: “She’s all the time down for journey.”

Relating to the journey that’s beginning a household, Cabrera stated, “No matter occurs, occurs, however we positively need children.”

“We’re planning on two,” Bliss stated. “He is so nice with children. He will be a tremendous dad for positive.”

Till then, Bliss stated, “We’re simply going to maintain on doing what we’re doing.”

“That is actual, and it is all the time going to be actual,” she stated. “I feel we’re all the time going to maintain up the hassle to make one another completely happy.”