Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert married on May 14, 2011 at the Don Strange Ranch outside San Antonio, Texas. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Happy Anniversary to Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert! Two years ago today the couple said “I Do” at the Don Strange Ranch in Texas in front of 550 friends and family.
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Miranda wore her mother’s dress for the ceremony. “My parents have been married for 33 years, so this dress is already a good-luck charm,” she told Us Weekly. Under the dress, Miranda wore custom-made Casadei cowboy boots. She changed into a shorter dress for the reception. Her bridesmaids wore Old Gringo boots and custom-made gowns by Priscilla of Boston’s Mark Brower.
As the wedding party took their places, Blake sang a song he’d written for the wedding called “Let’s Grow Old Together.” Bridesmaid and fellow Pistol Annie member Ashley Monroe sang “Makin’ Plans,” a song Miranda wrote for Blake that appears on her Revolution album. “I was thinking about not crying, then when I got close, I didn’t think of anyone else,” Miranda told Us Weekly. “It was just me and Blake.”
Today the lovebirds tweeted to each other. “Hey
@mirandalambert…. Happy Anniversary pretty baby,” posted Blake.
“Thanks for a great 2…well 8 years!” replied Miranda, in reference to the 6 years they’d dated before marrying.
Speaking of weddings, we want to know: What’s your favorite country wedding song of all time? Cast your vote for GAC’s Top 20 Country Wedding Songs countdown. You can vote daily through May 24 HERE — and then on Saturday, June 15 at 2P/1C we’ll marry your votes with our picks and count’em down!
Clara Henningsen & Jacob Calaway photo courtesy of Shannon Leigh Anderson Photography.
GAC sends congratulations to Clara Henningsen of The Henningsens and her new husband, Jacob Calaway! The pair were married Saturday, May 4, on the Henningsen family farm in Illinois amid a light rain.
“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.” Continue Reading
Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
When Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman fell in love with her husband Stephen Schlapman, she was heartbroken. She’d lost her first husband, Steven Roads, to a heart attack and Stephen was one of many friends who reached out to her in the days that followed. She wasn’t planning to fall in love, nor did she want to, and so it came as a surprise when she did.
“We had both been through similar losses, he hadn’t lost a mate but he had lost a close friend, so we kind of bonded over that,” Kimberly said. “I grieved, kind of, at him a lot. He took my grief, I had a lot of grief left, and he just took it and listened and accepted it and was so understanding and let me talk about my late husband all the time.
“I was shocked when I first realized that I was having feelings,” she continued. “I just thought, ‘OK, this is so weird. What is this? I haven’t felt this in a long, long, time. This is weird.’ But, eventually I allowed myself and it’s been the most beautiful gift of my life. It pulled me out of the deepest hole that I’ve ever been in and healed me.” Continue Reading
Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.
Alan Jackson and his wife Denise have been married for more than three decades. The couple, parents to three girls, have had their share of ups and downs over the years including Denise’s recent battle with cancer. After all those years together, Denise is still Alan’s muse.
“We got a lot of history together now, and we’re happier than we’ve ever been,” he said. “She’s still beautiful, and she’s always inspired songs. One of my early hits was a song called “I’d Love You All Over Again,” I wrote for her for our 10th anniversary. There’s been a zillion songs that have pieces of our good days and bad days inspired, and they continue to.” Continue Reading
Jake Owen & Lacey Buchanan married Monday, May 7, 2012 in a sunrise ceremony in Vero Beach, Fla. Photo by Brian Pepper, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Weddings bells rang and storks delivered for a number of country stars in 2012. Jake Owen married Lacey Buchanan in a small ceremony on the beach at sunrise on May 7. On Thanksgiving Day, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, Olive Pearl.
“Lacey and I are so excited to start our own family,” Jake said after Olive Pearl’s arrival. “We are looking forward to teaching Pearl everything we learned from our parents and also learning from her.”
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Wynonna Judd and Cactus Moser tied the knot in a small ceremony on Wynonna’s farm in Tennessee on June 10. Two months later, Cactus was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in his leg being amputated. Wynonna canceled tour dates to remain by his side.
“The outpouring of prayer and support from friends, family and fans has been a blessing to both Cactus and I,” she said in the days after the accident. “Cactus is a champion. I love him deeply and I will not leave his side.” The pair have since resumed touring. Continue Reading
Ty and Justina England photo courtesy of Kaleidoscope Media.
Ty England, best known for his hit “Should’ve Asked Her Faster,” recently married Justina Cardoza in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The couple met several years ago in Boise, Idaho after Ty’s performance at the Buffalo Club. Justina first crossed paths with Ty during a meet and greet after the show.
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“I can’t explain it, but I knew during that first conversation that Justina and I would become good friends,” Ty said. “Sure, she was beautiful, but it was far more than that. There was an instant mental connection, and I knew I wanted to know more about her.” Continue Reading
Thomas Rhett photo courtesy of The Valory Music Co.
Thomas Rhett married his wife Lauren earlier this month. Despite being told he was crazy for marrying so young – he’s 22 – and especially when his career is just about to take off, he knew Lauren was ‘The One.’
“I’ve known my beautiful wife, Lauren, since I was in first grade,” he said. “I’ve always loved her, we’ve always been great friends, always been able to talk about anything and they always say to marry your best friend and that was her. The whole saying, ‘when you know you know,’ I didn’t really believe for a long time but when I found Lauren that saying made a lot of sense.”
Thomas sought out family pal Luke Bryan for advice before popping the question, since Luke is married with children and balances his family and time on the road. Thomas asked for his opinion and Luke encouraged him to go for it. Continue Reading
Photo by Jill Hughes/Bombs Over Betty Photography, courtesy of Twitter.com/edensedge.
Congratulations to Edens Edge’s Hannah Blaylock and her new husband Justin Wakefield! The couple tied the knot on September 30 at Pratt Place Barn and Inn in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the band’s home state.
“We pride ourselves on where we come from, and we have a huge group of family and friends there that have been the foundation of our faith and our beliefs and our songs and our music,” Hannah told Taste of Country. “They have supported us from day one. I wanted to get married back at home with all of those people… the people who have loved us and loved me since I was born up until now. I have a really big family, so that was fun!”
The couple exchanged handwritten vows under a White Oak tree decorated with fisherman’s rope and glass flats from Alaska where Hannah spent part of her childhood. Steve Smith, a longtime friend who helped the members of Edens Edge connect and wrote a track on their album, officiated the ceremony. Continue Reading
Thomas Rhett with fiancée Lauren Gregory. Photo courtesy of The Valory Music Co.
Thomas Rhett’s days as a bachelor are winding down. He revealed to Taste of Country that he will marry fiancée Lauren Gregory later this month.
“We’ve known each other since we were in the first grade,” he said. “We dated once when we were 15, and it didn’t work out. We remained best friends even after we broke up. We both dated other people for like five years. When I heard that she had ended her other relationship — this was last spring — I moved in for the kill. We kissed, and that was it. We dated for probably six months, and we got engaged last December, around Christmas time.”
Thomas knew the perfect way to ask Lauren to be his wife. He enlisted the help of both their families, including his dad, songwriter Rhett Atkins, to help him pull off his romantic proposal. Continue Reading
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw photo courtesy of timandfaith.com.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been married for 15 years and are still going strong. Despite their strong relationship though, they do have their pet peeves about one another and revealed a few of them in response to a fan’s question.
“I don’t think we have time for that,” Tim joked. “You go first,” Faith replied with a laugh. “Then I’ll know where I can land.” Faith took a stab at guessing what Tim’s real answer would be and also gave him credit for curbing one of his bad habits. Continue Reading