Camila Alves never wanted to get married.

The 29-year-old model says it wasn't until she and long-term partner Matthew Mcconaughey tied the knot at their Texas home in June that she realised how important and ''special'' the institution is.

She had previously warned her parents they would never see her walk down the aisle.

She said: ''I did know how important [marriage] was and how really truly special it was until I went through the ceremony.

''I was never the girl growing up that said, 'I want to get married.' I actually told my parents, 'Don't not expect me to get married.'

''We both come from divorced parents. Both of our parents got divorced and got back together, twice.''

Camila and Matthew - who have four-year-old Levi and two-year-old Vida together - are expecting their third child and the Brazilian beauty admits she was surprised to fall pregnant so quickly.

She told 'Access Hollywood': ''I was trying to push [having another baby] back as much as I could, but it was time. This baby was ready to come.

''The main thing to me is to make sure our home is peaceful, that it's healthy and that the kids are good.''