The new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now, is all about country’s royal wedding. Newlyweds Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton grace the cover – Blake in a handsome coat, tie and jeans and Miranda in her mother Bev’s simple-but-classic ivory wedding dress. (To see the full length of the photo above, click HERE.)
“My parents have been married for 33 years, so this dress is already a good-luck charm,” the bride told the magazine. Under the dress, Miranda fittingly wore a pair of custom-made Casadei cowboy boots. Her bridesmaids wore Old Gringo boots and custom-made gowns by Priscilla of Boston’s Mark Bower.
As the wedding party took their places, Blake sang a song he’d written for the wedding, called “Let’s Grow Old Together.”
Miranda walked down the aisle as bridesmaid Ashley Monroe sang “Makin’ Plans” — a 2009 song Miranda wrote for Blake. As Ashley sang “I know you like the back of my hand, you’ve got a heart of gold and a piece of land” — the bride fought back tears. “I was thinking about not crying, then when I got close, I didn’t think of anyone else,” she tells Us. “It was just me and Blake.”
Even Blake tried not to cry as Miranda’s dad, Rick, gave her away. “I couldn’t get over how beautiful she was,” he tells Us.
Miranda told Us that seeing Blake get emotional “was the coolest moment” for her. “Blake is a jokester,” she said, “but he was really serious when he said his vows.” But not 100% serious. The magazine reports that within Blake’s vows, the pastor had included “to put Miranda before hunting,” causing much laughter among the guests.
And, like that other royal couple, there were two kisses, not just one. Blake followed up the first “peck” with a bigger “smooch.” Blake told Us the kisses were unrehearsed, because “we think practicing something like that is stupid.”
The 550 attendees at the 125-acre Don Strange Ranch (outside San Antonio), including Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson and Josh Kelley with wife Katherine Heigl, watched the ceremony in a lantern-lit barn and later enjoyed a reception with an outdoor buffet barbecue. Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Kellie Pickler and Laura Bell Bundy also attended the wedding. For the reception, Miranda changed into a short, strapless silk shantung Priscilla of Boston dress.
With all those singers together in one place, performances were bound to happen. Reba and Kelly sang “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” and Miranda joined singer Brandi Carlile on “Crazy.”
Country star Neal McCoy provided music at the reception. His high-energy show kept the crowd out on the dance floor. “At one point, I think 400 people were out there,” says one guest. The Nashville star also inspired an impromptu jam session.
“So many people got up and sang,” Ashley says of the famous guests. “Martina McBride sang ‘Stand by Your Man.’ Josh and Charles Kelley got up, and Reba too. It was like being at the CMAs!” The party went into the wee hours of the next morning with an hours-long dance party, complete with a karaoke machine. “They wanted it to reflect their personalities — old-fashioned, laidback and fun,” said wedding planner Kathy Best (who is also Miranda’s publicist). “They wanted to feel comfortable and have it at a place that didn’t mind the dogs walking down the aisle or us hanging crazy things from the ceiling.”
“As soon as the wedding was over, Miranda came up to us and said, ‘Was it perfect? Was it perfect?’” said bridesmaid Ashley. “I said, ‘Miranda, it couldn’t have been more perfect.’”
“It was a fairy tale, really, and I felt like I was in a movie,” Miranda told Us.
For more photos and information about Blake and Miranda’s wedding, pick up the new copy of Us Weekly, on stands now!