Wedding bells were ringing for country stars throughout 2013. Ashley Monroe married Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks in a ceremony at Blackberry Farm in October. Blake Shelton officiated the wedding while Miranda Lambert, Ashley’s fellow Pistol Annies member, served as maid of honor.
“I married my best friend,” Ashley told People magazine. “He has such a good heart.” She also told the magazine that Miranda was not only her maid of honor, she was also their wedding planner.
Rodney Atkins also tied the knot, marrying singer-songwriter Rose Falcon in a beachside ceremony on November 10 in Captiva Island, Fla. Twenty guests were on hand for the vows, including Rodney’s son Elijah, who served as best man. Officiating was Charles Hutchins, founder of Holston United Methodist Home for Children, where Rodney spent his infancy before being adopted.
Blackberry Farm turned out to be a popular wedding destination for country artists in 2013. Kelly Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock (Reba’s stepson and Blake Shelton’s manager) in a small, intimate ceremony there in October. The couple, who got engaged in December 2012, scrapped their big wedding plans in August in favorite of eloping.
“Our whole life is a celebration,” Kelly told People.com when the couple announced their canceled wedding plans. “That’s what we kept laughing about. We don’t need another day where we throw a big party. Our lives are so in the spotlight all the time. Everything is such a spectacle, we were like, ‘We would rather have an intimate moment that’s special.’”
The couple will welcome their first child in 2014. Kelly took to Twitter to announce her pregnancy in November. “I’m pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever!” she wrote. Kelly also shared a beautiful video from her wedding via Twitter. Watch it now >>
Clara Henningen of The Henningsens married Jacob Calaway on the Henningsen family farm in Illinois in May. “It was really cool because I got married on our family farm, in Illinois, and it’s such a special thing because, like the Miranda Lambert song says, that’s pretty much the house that built me and where I was raised and where I grew up,” Clara said. “It’s really where I wanted to get married.”
Florida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley married Brittney Cole in a secret ceremony at Brian’s Nashville home on December 16. “I’d never wanted to make someone my wife before,” says Brian. “I always want her by my side.”
There were also a number of babies born into country music families in 2013! Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and husband Chris Tyrell welcomed their daughter, Eisele Kaye, in July, the same day HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge made his world debut. “She’s here, and we are in HEAVEN!!! Eisele Kaye, our beautiful angel, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!” Hillary tweeted, sharing a photo of Eisele’s tiny feet.
Jon Jones of Eli Young Band and wife Sarah welcomed a son, Hudson Lennon, on New Year’s Eve, a week after his Christmas due date. Eric Gunderson of Love and Theft and his wife Emily also welcomed a son, Camden William, in March. The little boy arrived two months early but after a stay in the hospital, was sent home healthy. Eric’s duo mate, Stephen Barker Liles, and his fiancee, Jenna Michelle Kennedy, welcomed a son of their own, Jett Barker Liles, on December 2.
It was twin boys for Chely Wright and her partner, Lauren Blitzer Wright. The couple welcomed George Samuel and Everett Joseph in May. And keeping with the ‘boy trend,’ Dierks Bentley and wife Cassidy welcomed their third child, son Knox, in October,