Ray,31, and Pearce, 29, announced their lifetime collaboration on Sunday before 100 family members and friends on a Nashville-area farm, Exclusively Confirmed by the PEOPLE!
“Knowing without a shadow of a doubt that I didn’t settle for something less than truly the person that I think was made for me is something that I am thankful for,” says Pearce, Her No.1 hit “Every Little Thing” popularly chronicled past heartbreak.
“No matter what, I have her in my corner,” No matter what, she has me in her corner.
I tell her, you’re never going to face anything alone. Never will there be anything in life that you don’t look over and, I’m standing beside you.” Ray Adds.
The wedding destination at Drakewood Farm, about 15 miles north of downtown Nashville.
Situated on 40 rolling acres, the venue characterizes a 19th-century mansion, three barns, and a pavilion.
it all regarded to offer the vibe that Pearce was looking for: “Earthy and eccentric and romantic and elements of the country.” although the couple had hoped for an outdoor wedding ceremony, the weather didn’t oblige.
All-day rainstorms drove the ceremony into one of the farm’s charming barns.
Ray insisted on waiting until Pearce walked down the aisle to see her for the primary time as his bride.
She amazed him with an untraditional robe featuring a high neckline, full-length sleeves, and a quick pencil skirt cloaked in a full-period piece of sheer lace.
The couple exchanged vows they’d written themselves during the emotional rite, which turned into officiated by bill Cody, a country radio DJ, and announcer at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.
The choice reflects Pearce and Ray’s passion for the Opry. “It just feels special,” said Pearce, “because it’s kind of all-encompassing of country music and the Opry and our tale, and his voice is in order that candy.”
The guest list turned out to be brief on celebrity names with “crook” singer Lindsay Ell possibly the only recognizable name to maximum country fans. “We absolutely desired it just to be about the people that recognize us as Carly and Michael,” Pearce said.
After the Wedding ceremony, guests served themselves at Chef’s market food stations that included such fare as shrimp and grits and construct-your-very own burgers.
Preserving with the event’s rustic, boho theme, the couple served a “naked” wedding cake by CraziCakes; chocolate frosting becomes carried out sparingly to the vanilla cake.
Pearce and Ray brought in some celebrity talent for their first dance: Jake Owen serenaded the couple with “Made for You,” a romantic ballad off his modern-day album.
Ray made the ask some months ago: “I told him the date, and he immediately went to his calendar and was like, ‘I’m in. I would love to. I’ve never been a wedding singer before.’ So it all worked.”
The newlyweds saved the party going late into the night time, shifting the gathering to the Nashville Palace, a honky-tonk close to the Grand Ole Opry residence that’s known for its classic country.
It also occurs to be the spot in which Pearce and Ray had that fateful first date.
Professional friends for years, the two had a friendly get-together at Pearce’s residence back in June 2018.
Sparks began to fly during an evening of conversation, and not wanting the night to end, they headed out to the Nashville Palace, a favorite haunt for each, to share an earful of twang. At the bar, Ray put his arm around Pearce, and when the two locked eyes, both knew simultaneously that they had met their match.
“Oh, it’s her,” Ray remembers thinking as he realized he was looking at his future wife. “It was that fast.”
Pearce’s realization was concurrent. “It was just this very certain moment,” she recalls, “more certain than I’ve ever been: ‘That is who you’re going to be with.’”
This past December, Ray amazed Pearce with a proposal — and a five-carat diamond ring — during a Christmas-eve vacation to Tulum, Mexico.
The couple is starting their married life without a honeymoon. Touring schedules and other commitments — including the CMA Awards show, where Pearce is a nominee for new artist of the year — are keeping them from a celebratory vacation for a couple of months.
But come December, they’ll be heading out to Sandals Resort in Jamaica.
“We began asking about the honeymoon and he replied, ‘What’s your dream vacation?’” Pearce said.
“And I said, ‘I want to stay in one of those over-water bungalows.’
So, we’re getting an over-water bungalow in Jamaica.”