The former American Idol winner weds Surata Zuri McCants in Alabama


The Velvet Teddy Bear got hitched.

American Idol‘s season 2 winner Ruben Studdard married Surata Zuri McCants at Canterbury United Methodist Church in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala., Saturday with 20 groomsmen at his side.

Studdard, 29, and McCants, 30, obtained a marriage license at the County Probate Office in Columbiana, Ala., last Monday. “They looked really happy,” an eyewitness said.

On Idol, Studdard was dubbed the “Velvet Teddy Bear” and was known for dressing down in jerseys emblazoned with 205, Birmingham’s area code.

But came time for his wedding, the vocalist got decked out. He and his groomsmen wore black Joseph Abboud tuxedos from local outfitter Mr. Burch Formal Wear, says a source.

The groomsmen’s shirts and vests were black, while Studdard had a white vest and a white bow tie.

Studdard met McCants in October 2006, when he was signing CDs at a Wal-Mart in Atlanta. Struck by her beauty, he followed her to the store’s toy department, and requested her phone number.

Later this year he’s due to release another CD.