The MSNBC host said “I do” in a surprise Washington, D.C. wedding ceremony on Friday afternoon following her year-long engagement to Shawn Townsend. The pair kicked off their happily ever after at the historic Larz Anderson House on Embassy Row.
In May, Sanders told PEOPLE she and Townsend planned to marry in Mexico this summer, but it seems the busy host made other plans.
Surrounded by about 100 friends and family members — only a few of whom knew that they were attending a wedding — the couple exchanged vows, with Townsend calling the bride his “ride or die.”
“It’s the moments behind closed doors that we’ve shared,” Townsend continued. “Whether it’s me complaining about Real Housewives, a political debate or photobombing my Zoom calls. It is all time well spent together.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Amanda Taylor