Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt may have enlisted Us Weekly to be their public wedding album, giving the mag exclusive pictorial rights to their surprise wedding ceremony last Thursday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, but apparently we can't call them Mr. and Mrs. Speidi just yet.
"We had a beautiful ceremony here...officiated by a minister and photographed by the hotel photographer. We've never been happier," the newly whatevers said in a statement released Wednesday by the magazine.
"And, like other elopements that happen outside the country, we'll take care of the legal details when we get home."
But first, magazine covers and footage for The Hills!
MTV, which said yesterday that it wished Montag and Pratt the best and couldn't wait to "share their special moment with The Hills fans later this season," confirmed Friday that footage of the vow swap will be featured on a fifth-season episode of the series from whence the couple sprang.
"MTV is currently filming Heidi and Spencer in Mexico, as we were expecting to capture them on vacation," said The Hills executive producer Liz Gateley. "Fans will be able to see the exclusive footage from the ceremony in an upcoming episode, and we will continue to follow the newlyweds' relationship as it plays out in real life."
An MTV rep told E! News that none of their cameras witnessed the nuptials, so it's unclear where the footage came from if the producers weren't in on the elopement.
Although marriages entered into by the book in Mexico are legally recognized in the United States (but you have to petition within 10 days to make it legal in California), Montag and Pratt left a few stones unturned, E! News has learned.
A rep for the One & Only Palmilla resort, where they opted to walk down the aisle, said that in Mexico couples are required to undergo blood tests, provide birth certificates and fill out the required paperwork at least two business days prior to the ceremony.
But the ever-handy paparazzi spotted Speidi departing from LAX only last Wednesday, meaning they were in Cabo San Lucas barely a day before their own ceremony.
Couples not wanting to follow the Mexican protocol can legally tie one on in a civil ceremony and then have a ceremonial service south of the border, but the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder Office tells E! they have no record yet of any marriage license on file for Montag and Pratt.
The couple did not say when they would be pursuing the real deal in their native land.
—Additional reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum
(Originally published Nov. 26, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. PT)