Country Stars Who Got Engaged Or Married In 2023
From Hank Williams Jr.’s surprise wedding to Cole Swindell’s romantic proposal and more, here’s a look back on the country music weddings and engagements that took place in 2023.
Hank Williams Jr. and Brandi, Cole Swindell with Courtney Little, Billy Ray Cyrus and Firerose; Photos Courtesy Instagram
Love took center stage in country music in 2023 as this year, some of the biggest names in country music embarked on journies of marriage or engagement. From surprise proposals to intimate ceremonies, the year witnessed a wave of romantic unions that captured the hearts of fans everywhere.
Keep reading to discover which artists added new chapters to their love stories over the past year.
Lily Rose and Daira Eamon
Lily Rose and her partner Daira Eamon tied the knot on March 25, making them one the first country music couples to get married this year. They said they’re “I do’s” at the Bridge Building in Nashville, Tennessee with a modern black and white theme. According to People, Rose wore a custom Indochino suit, and Eamon wore a Galia Lahay gown from The Dress Theory in Nashville.
Kameron Marlowe and Meagan Bennington
Kameron Marlowe popped the question to Meagan Bennington, his girlfriend of two years, on April 13. The couple traveled to Belgrade, Montana for Bennington’s 29th Birthday and Marlowe pleasantly surprised his now fiancé with a diamond ring. Despite his original plan of proposing at sunset, the country singer adapted to the weather conditions and dropped to one knee in a foot of snow, where he received the best “yes” of his life.
Cole Swindell and Courtney Little
Cole Swindell asked his then-girlfriend, Courtney Little, for her hand in marriage on May 7. Swindell orchestrated a nostalgic proposal by escorting Little back to their memorable first date location on a farm, which also happens to be the same place where they both starred in Swindell’s “Some Habits” music video. In an interview with People, Swindell shared that they were both so thrilled that they blacked out and can’t recall exactly what they said to each other. Nevertheless, Swindell is confident that Little responded with a resounding “yes.”
Travis Denning and Madison Montgomery
On May 20, Travis Denning and his longtime love Madison Montgomery tied the knot in front of family and friends at The Estate at Cherokee Dock in Lebanon, Tennessee. According to People, the couple dated for four years before tying the knot. Denning married into quite a famous country music family as Madison Montgomery is the daughter of country hitmaker John Michael Montgomery.
Ty Herndon and Alex Schwartz
“What Mattered Most” singer Ty Herndon wed Alex Schwartz on August 26 during an outdoor ceremony in Chapmandaboro, Tennessee, according to People. They said “I do” in front of more than 300 guests at Owen Farm, just outside of Nashville.
Hank Williams Jr. and Brandi
Hank Williams Jr. and his long-time partner Brandi, exchanged vows on September 9, at the Enon Baptist Church in Banks, Alabama. In the presence of a small gathering of friends and family, they came together to celebrate and express their commitment with heartfelt “I do’s.” Keeping most of their relationship private, the newlywed couple announced their surprise union on Instagram with a caption that read “Mr. and Mrs. Hank Williams Jr.”
Conner Smith and Leah Thompson
Conner Smith romantically proposed to his beloved girlfriend Leah Thompson on September 26. Strategically planning the special moment, Smith chose the significant date of what would have been Thompson’s grandmother’s 90th birthday. With careful precision, he knelt on one knee and presented Thompson with her grandmother’s diamond ring. Adding to the awestruck moment, Smith then serenaded Thompson with a heartfelt original song crafted specifically for her, truly sweeping her off of her feet.
Billy Ray Cyrus and Firerose
Billy Ray Cryus and Australian singer/songwriter Firerose became husband and wife on October 10 after a year-long engagement. According to People, Billy Ray dressed in a Versace tuxedo and Firerose adorned herself in a white Laura Rudovic wedding gown with lace detailing. The couple excitedly shared their news on social media, expressing, “10/10/23 will always be the beautiful, joyous day that our two souls united as one in holy matrimony. It was the most perfect, ethereal celebration of love we could have ever imagined.” They continued, “For both of us to hear the preacher say, ‘Billy Ray and Firerose Cyrus . . . I now pronounce you husband and wife’ that was the sacred moment our new forever began. Long Live Love!”
Mackenzie Carpenter and Cole Neuber
Mackenzie Carpenter and longtime love, Cole Neuber, got married on October 16 at the enchanting community of WaterColor in Seaside, Florida. This location holds a special significance to the couple, as it is where they had gotten engaged a year prior. From the very moment Carpenter met Neuber, she was certain she wanted to spend her life with him, so she wrote a song about marrying him just a week into their relationship. As a surprise to her now husband, she walked down the aisle to the song that she penned, creating a magical moment before the two of them became one.
Ian Flanigan and Kelsey Charles
The Voice alum Ian Flanigan popped the question to his girlfriend Kelsey while vacationing in Hawaii over the holidays. The newly engaged couple announced the news on Instagram in a joint post with the caption, “can’t wait to spend all of my Christmases with you ♥️💍🎄”
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