Kim Coles Ties The Knot

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 07/10/2015 | 08:30 AM EDT

'Living Single' actress marries health food store owner Reggie McKiver in an intimate ceremony in the Dominican Republic

Kim Coles isn't 'living single' anymore.

The 53-year-old actress recently tied the knot with 41-year-old Reggie McKiver, a former SWAT cop and health food store owner, in an intimate ceremony in the Dominican Republic. The pair became engaged earlier this year after meeting at a natural hair expo where he worked as her security escort.

"[My heart] was open just enough for Reggie to come though and I’m so glad he did," Coles told PEOPLE in an interview. "I’m 53 and Reggie is 41 but I’m not a cougar. I can’t run that fast. I’m a meerkat or a prairie dog. It’s about the right energy. It wasn’t like I was trolling for younger men. It’s about energy. We’re ageless. Just two people on the same plane."

The ceremony was attended by the couple's closest friends and family, as well as a few fans who showed up after Coles announced the news at a comedy show.

"Me with my big mouth announced I was getting married! People asked where and I was like, you cant come, it’s a private wedding," she said. "We had to move the wedding from one beach to a whole other beach, but all the people from the tour showed up — 45 people in their bathing suits and towels — but they were very respectful."

Coles kept things simple with her dress, a strapless tulle gown with mermaid hem from a curve-conscious store called Della Curva. She accessorized with $10 thong sandals from Target and earrings, bracelets and a scarf (used as a belt) from home.

"It was pretty, lovely and simple. Not overdone. I didn’t stress about the dress. It just all fell into place," she said. "It was just easy — just like the relationship has been. Aside from the fact that I don’t know how to cook. But he does!"

Coles and McKiver said they will have a bigger ceremony on Aug. 21 that will be planned by David Tutera and include bridesmaids and groomsmen.

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(Photo: Kim Coles via Instagram)

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