Former Miss America Winner Deidre Downs Gunn Marries Girlfriend in Romantic Southern Wedding

Here come the brides!

Former Miss America winner Deidre Downs Gunn, who won the title in 2005, tied the knot with attorney and writer Abbott Jones on Saturday in a romantic ceremony in Birmingham, Alabama.

The theme of the couple’s ceremony, which was held at the Birmingham Museum of Art, was modern Southern romance, and Downs Gunn, 37, exclusively tells PEOPLE that the most meaningful part of their happy day came when it was time for the pair to exchange vows.

“Saying our vows in front of our family and friends and making that commitment to the love of my life was the most meaningful part of the day for me,” explains Downs Gunn, who now works as an obstetrician-gynecologist specializing in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

Acknowledging Downs Gunn’s past and current career accomplishments, the couple celebrated their union using the wedding hashtag “DrandMrsAmerica.”

Deidre Downs Gunn and Abbott Jones

Befitting the day’s romantic theme, both the ceremony and the reception — which were planned by celebrated Southern wedding planners at Invision Events — were filled with white fabric, neutral pastel flowers and plenty of candlelight.

Downs Gunn walked down the aisle in a form-fitting gown with lace detailing by LianCarlo while Jones opted for a Sareh Nouri ball gown with a sweet bow in the back.

“I feel overjoyed to have found someone to share life’s adventures,” Downs Gunn tells PEOPLE. “The wedding was beautiful and special, but it was really just the beginning of our life together. I’m so lucky to have a wife who fills even small, everyday moments with great joy.”

Also present for the pair’s special day was Downs Gunn’s 8-year-old son, who not only gave his mother away but acted as her best man.

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Deidre Downs Gunn and Abbott Jones

Deidre Downs Gunn and Abbott Jones

After the pair said “I do,” the wedding’s 200 guests dined on some of the couple’s favorite Southern foods, including mini chicken and waffles, fried okra, fried green tomatoes and buttermilk biscuits.

Deidre Downs Gunn and Abbott Jones

Sharing the story of how they first met, Downs Gunn explains that it didn’t take long after the pair connected online in February 2017 for her to know that Jones was the one.

Downs Gunn says she knew she was in love “the minute” she saw Abbott when the pair decided to meet up for drinks and sushi,

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