Newlyweds Josh Elliott and Liz Cho: ‘We’re Believers in the Modern Family’

07/17/2015 at 11:15 AM ET

Josh Elliott and Liz Cho have a new lease on love.

The couple’s intimate garden wedding in Montecito, California, on Saturday marked a second trip down the aisle for the journalists.

“Being that it’s the second marriage for both of us,” says the NBC Sports anchor, 44, who met Cho, 44, anchor of ABC News’ New York City affiliate, when they worked at ABC together. “It’s really a time to take stock in what matters most.”

And what matters most to them is, unequivocally, family. Elliott’s daughter Sarina, 6, and Cho’s daughter Louisa, 8, both from their previous marriages, served as maids of honor and played a special role in the couple’s ceremony.

In honor of Elliott’s mom, who died just three weeks before their wedding, “the girls carried flowers and placed them on an empty chair,” says Elliott. “Those were the tears. I loved seeing our two girls walk down the aisle.”

Josh Elliott Liz Cho wedding
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Afterward, the new sisters enjoyed a kid-friendly reception. “So many of our friends brought their children and it was fun watching them run around,” says Cho. “The cutest part was watching the two of them waltz together across the dance floor.”

“If there’s something to be said for having a chance to do it again,” says Elliott, “it’s the ability to be there with your children and watch them in that moment with you.”

Josh Elliott Liz Cho wedding
Kurt Boomer Photography

And their girls couldn’t be happier. “With them both being only children, now they have a true significant other in their life, and it’s been incredible,” says Cho. “I overheard them talking after the wedding, and it was the first time I heard Sarina say ‘stepmom’!”

While it might not be the traditional family makeup, that’s just fine with Elliott. “We’re believers in the modern family,” he says. “Sarina’s mom and Louisa’s dad are a big part of everything.”

He adds, “Once, during the ceremony, I looked over at the girls smiling, and in that moment, it was like it was their day. They’re real sisters now. It was a party for two.”

Josh Elliott Liz Cho wedding
Kurt Boomer Photography

For more on Josh Elliott and Liz Cho’s modern family wedding, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

— Janine Rayford Rubenstein

FILED UNDER: Exclusive , Kids , News , Parenting

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Louisa on

That is good to see. Children are supposed to be loved no matter what happened to mom and dad. Congrats to this newly blended family and the beautiful couple. Now the girls will have each other to count on. I know this because it happened in my case when my ex married and my daughter gained the sisters she had never had.

megan on

“With them both being only children, now they have a true significant other in their life”

That word doesn’t mean what you think it does

Cynda on

Those two girls look adorable with their parasols and laurel wreaths.

cj on

They all seem very happy and I’m glad that the ex’s all get along and the girls are allowed to be a part of their loving families!! Children can’t have too many people who love them and are there for them and the grown ups have to put their feelings aside and show that unconditional love. Good to see.

Anderea on

Sarina’s mother has full custody of her so it isn’t the case that it will be the 4 of them all the time. Just hope these children don’t get thrown too much into the spotlight and are given a chance to get to know each other.

gloria on

Congrats to you guys and your new family.I love you guys and god bless

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