Love and romance became the headline act in country music during 2023 as some of the genre’s brightest stars took their relationships to new heights. From unexpected proposals to close-knit weddings, the year overflowed with heartwarming unions that swept us off our feet.
Lucky for us, these country stars joyfully shared their milestones with us. So, let’s look back at some of the glorious weddings that happened in 2023 and see which of your favorite country artists are gearing up to head down the aisle soon.
Lily Rose and Daira Eamon
Country singer Lily Rose and her longtime love Daira Eamon tied the knot at The Bridge Building in Nashville on March 25, 2023, in a modern, beautiful black and white theme. Sydney Stroup, a dear friend, officiated their wedding ceremony.
The couple got engaged after three years of dating in October 2021, the same month Rose released her debut album, Stronger Than I Am. Rose hoped the project would inspire individuals within the LGBTQ community.
Kameron Marlowe and Meagan Bennington
On April 13, 2023, rising country star Kameron Marlowe proposed to girlfriend Meagan Bennington after two years of dating. Marlowe popped the question in Belgrade, Montana, and got down on one knee amid a foot of snow.
The place is an extra special spot for the couple because it is where they went on their first trip together in 2021, etching a cherished memory in their hearts.
Cole Swindell and Courtney Little
Country singer Cole Swindell got down on one knee and asked his girlfriend, Courtney Little, to marry him on May 7, 2023, at a farm just outside Nashville, Tennessee. The farm was also where they had their first date during the video shoot of Swindell’s “Some Habits,” in which Little starred.
The “You Should Be Here” singer popped the question with a specially designed oval diamond ring he created alongside Simon Tekin at Ballantyne Jewelers in Charlotte, North Carolina, close to Little’s hometown.
Travis Denning and Madison Montgomery
Country singer Travis Denning tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Madison Montgomery on May 20, 2023, at The Estate at Cherokee Dock in Lebanon, Tennessee – where they swayed to Elton John’s “Your Song” as their first dance as a couple. Interestingly, Denning revealed that his own music was not part of their big day.
After they wed, the couple went to Switzerland for their honeymoon.
Denning’s wedding to Montgomery, who is the daughter of ’90s country star John Michael Montgomery, came after four years of dating.
Jana Kramer and Allan Russell
On May 25, 2023, Jana Kramer shared the exciting news of her engagement to Allan Russell, marking a joyful milestone after half a year of dating. Russell is a former professional soccer player and is now a coach in England.
It will be Kramer’s fourth walk down the aisle. Her previous marriages include former NFL star Caussin from 2015 to 2021, actor Johnathon Schaech from 2010 to 2011, and a brief marriage to Michael Gambino in 2004. In her podcast, the country singer mentioned her intent to have a long engagement, emphasizing that she’s taking her time and not in any hurry to rush into the wedding ceremony.
Ty Herndon and Alex Schwartz
In 2014, Ty Herndon made a groundbreaking announcement, sharing that he is gay. It made him the first openly gay mainstream male country music singer, marking an important moment in the genre’s history. Nine years later, the country singer officially became a married man.
Herndon tied the knot with fiancé Alex Schwartz at Owen Farm in Chapmansboro, Tennessee, on August 26, 2023. It was attended by more than 300 family members and guests.
Herndon joyfully revealed his engagement to Schwartz in February 2023, following roughly half a year of dating. Schwartz is an artist and craftsman who breathes new life into mid-century furniture through restoration and crafts mesmerizing stained glass art pieces.
Hank Williams Jr. and Brandi
Hank Williams Jr. married his fiancée Brandi on September 9, 2023, in an intimate ceremony – with only a few groups of family and friends around – at Enon Baptist Church in Banks, Alabama. The couple is said to have been engaged on Mother’s Day in May 2023 but have known each other and been friends for a decade.
The joyful news about the country icon’s marriage comes about a year and a half following the heartbreaking loss of his beloved wife, Mary Jane Thomas – who passed away due to complications from surgery in 2022. Williams and Thomas have been together for 32 years.
Conner Smith and Leah Thompson
On September 26, 2023, Conner Smith got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, surfer Leah Thompson, and it only proves the rising country artist has a knack for winning people’s hearts.
Apparently, Thompson had always wanted to wear her late grandmother’s diamond as her wedding ring. Smith did not only make that dream come true (asking her to marry him with that very ring), but he also popped the big question on the day that would have marked her grandmother’s 90th birthday.
The two will wed in April 2024 in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Billy Ray Cyrus and Firerose
After a whole year of being engaged, Billy Ray Cyrus said “I do” with his fiancée, the talented Australian musician Firerose. They officially became a married couple on October 10, 2023.
Billy Ray shared that he first crossed paths with Firerose about 12 years back while working on the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana series in Los Angeles. They stayed connected over time, bonding even more as they collaborated on music together.
During the summer of 2022, Firerose made a significant move to Billy Ray’s farm in Franklin, Tennessee. In August, Billy Ray popped the big question and proposed to Firerose.
Mackenzie Carpenter and Cole Neuber
In May 2022, Mackenzie Carpenter said “yes” to her longtime boyfriend, Cole Neuber, as they got engaged in the breathtaking community of Watercolor in Seaside, Florida. When the time came to tie the knot, the couple was certain they wanted to return to that beautiful place to exchange vows and officially become husband and wife. So they did!
On October 16, 2023, Carpenter and Neuber exchanged their heartfelt vows, sealing their commitment to each other after being together for five years.
Congratulations are in order for these country stars! Wishing you both a lifetime filled with love, joy, and beautiful moments together. Your journey ahead is bound to be amazing!
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