Dave Haywood & Kelli Cashiola
APRIL 14, 2012 ASHLAND CITY, TENN.
The ceremony for Lady A’s Haywood and record executive Cashiola was so private, guests were shuttled in secret to the locale near Nashville. The wedding followed a fairy-tale proposal when Haywood spelled out “Will you marry me?” in Christmas lights on the side of Cashiola’s house.
1 Luke Bryan & Caroline Boyer
DEC. 8, 2006 TURKS & CAICOS
Bryan proposed to his college sweetheart in front of Nashville’s replica of the Parthenon, and the couple honeymooned in the Colorado mountains, but they chose the West Indies for their “I do’s.” “I married my best friend,” he said.
2 Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher
JULY 10, 2010 GREENSBORO, GA.
From Carrie’s crystal-dusted gown to her 40-carat diamond tiara (a gift from Fisher to his “princess”), the affair was fit for royalty, but Carrie’s dog Ace (in a pink tuxedo) nearly stole the show, barking as the couple had their first kiss. “I took his woman!” Fisher said.
3 Martina & John McBride
MAY 15, 1988 WICHITA, KANS.
With a “poodle perm and bows all over my dress,” the wedding was “very ’80s!” Martina said. The singer serenaded her groom with “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do,” and the couple left in a horse-drawn carriage. “I have such good memories. I could put on a more lavish wedding now, but it couldn’t have been a sweeter day.”
4 Jason Aldean & Jessica Ussery
AUG. 4, 2001 MACON, GA.
After dating “mostly on, a little off” in high school, the singer proposed with a $700 ring, and the two married at a church in their hometown. “We were young [he was 24; she was 21], but we both wanted to start a family,” he said.
Brad Paisley & Kimberly Williams
MARCH 15, 2003 MALIBU
When the singer wed his Hollywood bride, they danced to George Jones’s “Walk Through This World with Me.” “I got her listening to country music, and she really liked George,” he said. “We had a black gospel choir sing, so it was unlike you’d ever heard it.”
MAY 14, 2011 BOERNE, TEXAS
A celebration of redneck chic, as one guest described it, the nuptials took place beneath an arbor made of antlers. Following their vows, the bride (wearing the same gown her mother wore at her 1979 wedding) and groom toasted with drinks in mason jars.
5 Kellie Pickler & Kyle Jacobs
JAN. 1, 2011 ANTIGUA
After months of planning for an elaborate Nashville wedding, the couple surprised everyone by eloping to the Caribbean on New Year’s Day. “We didn’t have to worry about making anyone else happy,” she said. “His only thoughts were for me and my only thoughts were for him.” As the sun set, the couple said their vows while standing in the water on a sandbar. “It felt like we got baptized at the same time,” she said. “When two people get married, it’s about the bride and groom and God. I can’t describe how perfect it was.”
6 Eric Church & Katherine Blasingame
JAN. 8, 2008 BLOWING ROCK, N.C.
“We got married in a cloud,” Katherine said of the misty setting at Westglow Resort & Spa. “Well, I call it fog,” Eric said. “You couldn’t see two feet in front of your face! Fog descended all around.” The romance of the day, however, was crystal clear. “I love her heart,” Eric said of his bride.
7 Trace Adkins & Rhonda Forlaw
MAY 11, 1997 NASHVILLE
The big man showed his soft side when he said “I do” in the garden of Nashville’s antebellum Belle Meade Plantation in front of 800 guests. Rhonda arrived in a 19th-century horse-drawn carriage, and Trace sang “The Best of Mine,” a song he penned for his new bride, during the ceremony. The couple honeymooned in Alaska-with his band.