All the Photos from Scotty McCreery's 'Classic' Wedding — and the Beauty and the Beast-esque Venue!
Presenting Mr. and Mrs. McCreery! On Saturday, June 16, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and his longtime love Gabi Dugal exchanged vows in front of 200 friends and family members in the North Carolina mountains at the Twickenham House & Hall.
"We've been dating six years and have known each other our whole lives. That kind of story doesn't happen too often nowadays," McCreery — whose single "This Is It" off his No. 1 album Seasons Change details their love story and sweet proposal — told PEOPLE before the wedding. "I support her dreams and she supports mine."
The pastor from McCreery's childhood church led the service, and the couple wrote their own vows.
"It's so beautiful," McCreery told PEOPLE of the area. "There are so many different sights and mountains and cliffs and scenery." And the venue itself? "It's very Beauty and the Beast."
"We haven't moved in together yet. I'm living with my guys and she's living with one of her best friends," said McCreery, who also had his first beer of 2018 at the wedding to celebrate. "I love my guys, but it'll be much nicer coming back from the road and seeing my wife instead of three motley dudes!"
Dugal went to five different bridal shops to find the perfect gown. "I was very indecisive," she told PEOPLE. "I tried on several dresses but I think it probably was what I was going for. It just took me a while to find the right one!"
The reception featured speeches from Dugal's sister and best friend, as well as both the bride and groom's dads. "A lot of roasting goes on in our families, so that'll definitely happen," Dugal joked.
Though the pair did cut a cake, they served a variety of pies for dessert. "It sounded like a cool idea," McCreery said.
Dugal's sister served as matron of honor, and McCreery called upon his dad to be best man.
Dugal kept it "simple" with flowers. "I just went with more greenery and white. I kept it very classic. It had a rustic-y feel."
The pair kept the color scheme simple, too, going with black, white and gold.
When their friendship first turned romantic, McCreery was candid about how tough his schedule could be on a relationship — but Dugal wasn't fazed.
"Her response to that was, 'Well, that's probably a good thing because if I saw you every day I'd probably get sick of you!' I still remind her of that," said the singer. "She's a very strong, independent woman and don't put up with no crap. She's kept me on my toes. She loves to work [she's a pediatric nurse at Duke University Hospital] and it's not just all about what I'm doing in music."
The two were ready to celebrate. "We don't get to have everyone in one spot so that's what we're most excited about too is having everyone there," Dugal, here with her dad, said. Added McCreery, "We have people in Florida, Wyoming, New York, Louisiana, South Carolina, all over the place so it'll be nice to get everyone together."
"We're both very independent people and growing up my mom always told me you have to be full before you in a relationship with someone," Dugal said. "Both of us pretty much we've always known who we are by ourselves and we just complement each other when we're together so it works!"
After the wedding excitement died down? A honeymoon to Bora Bora. "I love long flights, having movies ready to go, Netflix downloaded, I'm excited about it," McCreery said, adding that the pair would be unwinding in an overwater bungalow.