*In a private, rain-filled wedding in Maui, guitar legend Carlos Santana married his girlfriend Cindy Blackman, a jazz and rock drummer often recognized for her work with Lenny Kravitz.

“The weather was kind of iffy, so we said, ‘Let’s just do it inside,’ ” the guitar legend, 63, tells the magazine of their Dec. 19 nuptials at the Ritz-Carlton on Maui. “Because no matter where we did it, the sun was shining.”

“Rain represents mercy,” adds Blackman, 51. “It couldn’t have been more beautiful.”

In fact, the couple fully embraced the weather: “My favorite part of the ceremony was when we washed our hands in a bowl of rainwater,” says Blackman, adding that the gesture was suggested by Santana’s son (from his first marriage), Salvador.

“We absolved ourselves of all things past and all things future except the two of us. It felt so clearing to do that,” she says.

Cindy Blackman, 51, poses for wedding photos outside before inclement weather moved the ceremony indoors.

Blackman, who wore a custom-made silk dress from the Zurich boutique Zoro for the ceremony, says she and Santana, who proposed during a concert last July, also released doves “to release our purity and love into the cosmos.”

After honeymooning in Hawaii over the holidays, the guitarist is already back to work – he kicks off his new residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Wednesday – but is basking in the glow of married life.

“Cindy is a match with everything that I am, from fire of passion to vulnerability,” he says. “Everything tastes better when you share it with your soulmate.”

Santana proposed to Blackman in July on stage during a concert in Tinley Park, Illinois. Santana and Blackman, , were feted by 180 guests, including comedian George Lopez and musician pals Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, who performed at the reception.