Miranda Lambert & New Husband Brendan McLoughlin Kept Their Marriage Secret for 3 Weeks: Source

Miranda Lambert first revealed she and Brendan McLoughlin had tied on the knot on Saturday, Feb. 16

Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin waited three weeks after getting married before sharing their happy news!

A source tells PEOPLE that the country star, 35, and the New York Police Department officer, 24, tied the knot on Jan. 26. The wedding date was first reported by E! News.

A rep for Lambert previously confirmed to PEOPLE that the pair’s nuptials happened a while ago.

Opening up about what led her to not only reveal her new relationship, but share that the pair had tied the knot, Lambert wrote that Valentine’s Day played a part in her decision.

“In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched!” Lambert wrote on Instagram Saturday, alongside two sweet photos from their wedding day.

“My heart is full. Thank you Brendan McLoughlin for loving me for…. me,” she continued, adding a red heart emoji and the sweet hashtag “theone.”

The source also tells PEOPLE the pair met for the first time on Friday, Nov. 2, when Lambert appeared with her Pistol Annies’ bandmates Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley on Good Morning America.

The country supergroup were in the Big Apple to perform their single “Got My Name Changed Back,” and also promote their latest album, Interstate Gospel, which was released on the same day.

Courtesy Miranda Lambert

The NYPD previously confirmed to PEOPLE that McLoughlin is currently assigned to the South Midtown Precinct, which includes the area where Lambert performed on the GMA stage.

Later that night, Lambert performed with the Pistol Annies at a concert in N.Y.C.’s The Town Hall, which is located just one block away from where the television show films.

Pistol Annies In Concert - New York, NY
Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley at The Town Hall. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

McLoughlin, who’s been with the NYPD since 2013, has been known to work crowd control following concerts in the area.

In April of last year, one Twitter user messaged the NYPD after having seen McLoughlin outside Madison Square Garden and noting the officer’s good looks remarked, “if he’s single tell him to contact me LOL.”

Another 2015 tweet also shows a uniformed McLoughlin working in Times Square.

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For her happy day, Lambert wore an elegant long-sleeve lace dress from Lela Rose Bridal.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to see @mirandalambert in our ‘Canyon’ wedding dress,” read an Instagram post from the N.Y.C.-based designer, which was posted on Sunday alongside a pair of sweet images from Lambert’s happy day. “Such a beautiful bride!”

In an exclusive image Lambert shared with PEOPLE from their wedding, the gown’s romantic plunging neckline is also visible.

Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin. Courtesy Miranda Lambert

This is the second marriage for Lambert, who was previously married to Blake Shelton, before their divorce in 2015.

A source previously confirmed to PEOPLE that McLoughlin recently welcomed a child from a previous relationship. According to multiple comments posted on social media, the baby was born in November of 2018.

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