Richard Gere feels like ''the happiest man in the universe'' to be married to Alejandra Silva.

The 'Pretty Woman' star, 68, tied the knot with the 35-year-old businesswoman in an Indian-inspired ceremony in New York in April and has admitted he wakes up every morning with a smile on his face because he can't believe he's got such a ''beautiful woman'' on his arm.

Speaking to HELLO! magazine, he said: ''I'm the happiest man in the universe. How could I not be? I'm married to a beautiful woman who is smart, sensitive, committed to helping people, who's fun, patient, who knows how to forgive, who's a great cook - and who makes the best salads in the world! Alejandra meditates, she's a vegetarian, a great mother, has the touch of an angel... and she's also Spanish: the land of kings and queens, of Cervantes and Buñuel... You can't get any better than that.''

And the feeling is most certainly mutual for Alejandra as there's not a day that goes past when she doesn't feel special and she knew straight away that he was was the one for her.

She explained: ''I feel like I'm in a true fairytale. Without a doubt, I feel like the luckiest woman in the world. He is the most humble, sensitive, affectionate, attentive, funny, generous man that I've ever met. What can I say? I'm so in love!

''How would you feel if each morning you were asked: 'What would make you happy today?' Not a day goes by that he doesn't mention how important I am to him. I feel very lucky.

''A friend introduced us, we looked at each other and felt a very strong connection. We couldn't stop looking at each other all night, and since then we haven't been apart.''