Entertainment Music Country Inside Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell's Intimate 'Secret Garden' Wedding: See All the Photos By Nancy Kruh Nancy Kruh Nancy Kruh is a Nashville-based writer-reporter for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE Magazine. She has covered the country music scene almost exclusively for eight years, reporting from concerts, awards-show red carpets and No. 1 parties, as well as digging deep in interviews with both fan favorites and up-and-comers. She was lead writer-reporter for PEOPLE cover stories featuring Reba McEntire (2019) and Luke Bryan (2021) and reporter for the PEOPLE cover story featuring Naomi Judd (2022). A student of country music history, she's a 1,400-hour volunteer at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Before PEOPLE, Nancy worked for 25 years as a writer and editor at The Dallas Morning News, where she earned numerous state and national awards, mostly for her feature work. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor's degree in journalism, and she also holds a master of arts degree from the University of Texas-Dallas. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 5, 2019 10:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products—learn more about our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission. 01 of 20 HAPPY COUPLE Victoria Bonvicini Officially engaged on June 16, Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell took just four months to plan their autumn wedding. The timing was Lane's preference. "Fall is my favorite time of the year," he told PEOPLE. Bushnell revealed she initially toyed with the idea of eloping, but Lane said he told her, "You'll look back one day and wish that you had done a wedding." In the end, Bushnell was grateful he talked her into the formal ceremony and celebration. "I’m glad that we had a day to remember with all the people that we love," she said. 02 of 20 TIED UP WITH A BOW Chris Lane. Victoria Bonvicini Lane wore a custom black tuxedo created by Nashville designer Olia Zavozina, who fashioned the couture for the entire wedding party. This was the first time that the 34-year-old Lane wore a bow tie, and he embraced the formal style. "I’m going to start using that look a lot more," he said. 03 of 20 YES TO THE DRESS Lauren Bushnell. Victoria Bonvicini The 29-year-old bride huddled with designer Olia Zavozina to create a simple yet stunning silk gown with a dramatic train. "The dress is such a statement in itself, but I was so comfortable," Bushnell said. "I felt like I was wearing a slip dress." Zavozina was at the wedding to help Bushnell maneuver with her train. "And then, thankfully, after the ceremony," Bushnell said, "she created a bustle so I was able to move around a little bit easier." 04 of 20 FATEFUL STEPS Lauren Bushnell. Victoria Bonvicini About 160 family members and friends attended the wedding ceremony at event venue 14TENN, and they stood to watch Bushnell's father walk the bride down the aisle. The extravagant veil featured lace that was handmade by designer Zavozina's mother. 05 of 20 PERFECTLY ACCESSORIZED The shoes and rings. Victoria Bonvicini Bushnell's Sarah Flint pumps were handmade in Italy and stamped with the couple's wedding date. Her wedding band was studded with pavé diamonds, and her engagement ring featured a 3.5-carat emerald-cut diamond. Lane chose a simple gold band. For her wedding jewelry, Bushnell went minimalist with pearl studs and a pearl bracelet. 06 of 20 EMOTIONAL VOWS Lauren Bushnell and Chris Lane. Victoria Bonvicini Bushnell expected to be the weepy one during their self-written vows, but it was Lane who broke down. “I didn’t even get to finish because I had already gotten choked up a little bit and then I regained composure and then started losing it again,” he said. “So I just went ahead and ended wherever I was on my sheet, and I just said, ‘I love you, baby.’” The officiant, Dr. Clayton King, is a South Carolina pastor and author whose books have had a strong influence on Lane. 07 of 20 SEALED WITH A KISS Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell. Victoria Bonvicini The couple lingered on their liplock at the end of the ceremony, but the first kiss actually arrived earlier — an impromptu smooch after Lane broke down during his vows. "So I got two kisses," the bride said, with no complaint. 08 of 20 GARDEN PARTY The venue 14TENN. The wedding's "secret garden" style extended to the formal dinner afterward. Guests feasted on a Beyond Details-catered menu featuring roast chicken, beef filets, Parmesan risotto, asparagus and strawberry shortcake for dessert. 09 of 20 TWO LANES Victoria Bonvicini The newlyweds soaked in the applause after being introduced as "Chris and Lauren Lane." Sharing her husband's last name "just solidifies that we are one unit now," the bride said. "And I'm excited! 'Lauren Lane' does have a nice ring to it." 10 of 20 GROUP DANCE Victoria Bonvicini Bushnell and her father danced to the first verse of Rascal Flatts' “My Wish,” and then Lane and his mom took the floor for the second verse. During the song’s final chorus, Lane beckoned his bride and her dad back out so the four could dance together. 11 of 20 WEDDED BLISS Victoria Bonvicini "I feel like I'm the luckiest guy in the world to be marrying her," Lane said of his bride, and she had identical sentiments: "I feel like the luckiest girl." Reflecting on his life partner, Bushnell added that "he just makes me a better person. I know that sounds kind of cliché, but he truly does. Every aspect of him, in my opinion, is perfect." 12 of 20 LAVISH SPREAD Victoria Bonvicini After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour, which featured cheeses, meats and other hors d'oeuvres provided by Nashville Cheese Gal. A formal dinner by caterer Beyond Details followed. 13 of 20 BACHELOR MINI-REUNION Emily Ferguson, Amanda Stanton, Lauren Bushnell, Jen Saviano and Haley Ferguson. Victoria Bonvicini Four of Bushnell's pals from "The Bachelor" Season 20 attended the wedding. From left: Emily Ferguson, Amanda Stanton, the bride, Jen Saviano and Emily's twin, Haley Ferguson. Bushnell is the first of the five to walk down the aisle. 14 of 20 SEEING DOUBLE Victoria Bonvicini Lane's identical twin brother, Cory, was his best man, giving him the rights to offer a toast at the dinner. Bushnell's younger sister, Mollie (seated to the left of the bride), served as maid of honor, and she also toasted the couple. 15 of 20 FLOWER POWER Emily Ferguson. Victoria Bonvicini Bachelor alum Emily Ferguson reacted in shock after her assertive lunge during the bouquet toss resulted in her accidentally tackling the bride to the ground. "Emily was so excited that she caught the bouquet,” Bushnell said, laughing. “Honestly, it was so much fun. Needless to say, I think she wants to get married.” 16 of 20 LET THEM EAT CAKE Victoria Bonvicini The traditional white wedding cake featured a salted caramel buttercream filling. Created by Dessert Designs By Leland, it proved to be too good to waste on a cake smash. “Lauren did put a little bit of cake on my face,” Lane reported. “Other than that I gobbled it down.” 17 of 20 SO HAPPY TOGETHER Victoria Bonvicini Lane and Bushnell have no doubt they've met their lifetime match. "I truly feel like God specifically made everything about her for me," Lane said. "He is truly my best friend," said Bushnell, "but also the man that I love. I could not feel more grateful." 18 of 20 SHALL WE DANCE? Lauren Bushnell and Chris Lane. Victoria Bonvicini For their first dance, the couple chose "Big, Big Plans," the song that Lane wrote especially for his proposal back in June. He re-recorded a special acoustic version for the wedding reception. “I was just singing every word,” Bushnell said. “Every single lyric is so special to me.” 19 of 20 BURGERS AND FRIES Mike Caussin, Chris Lane, Lauren Bushnell and Jana Kramer. Victoria Bonvicini The newlyweds joined country singer-actor Jana Kramer and her husband, former NFL player Mike Caussin, at the Shake Shack food truck that appeared at evening's end. "My one must for my wedding was there had to be late-night snacks," Bushnell said. 20 of 20 WEDDING SHOWER Lauren Bushnell and Chris Lane. Victoria Bonvicini Under an umbrella for Nashville's rainy night, the newlyweds got a sparkler sendoff from their guests. Next up: a move from their apartment to their first house. "We have a lot to look forward to," Lane said. "There's just so many firsts that we'll experience. Hopefully kids — just the whole nine yards. I want all of that with her. And I can't wait."