Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans Love Story Is Picture-Perfect

Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans’ love story began with a shot of tequila. After co-hosting the 2016 CMC Music Awards…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 2, 2019


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Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans’ love story began with a shot of tequila.

After co-hosting the 2016 CMC Music Awards in Evans’ native Australia, the pair celebrated together at the after-party.

“He was like, ‘Let’s take a shot,’” Ballerini recalled to People. “I remember taking that shot and putting it down and looking at him like, ‘Oh…he’s superhot.’ Later that night he leaned over and asked if he could kiss me, like a proper gentleman, and I said yes.”

Not long after their co-hosting gig, the singers were engaged.

“This morning, 9 months and 13 days later, he got down on one knee in the kitchen while I was burning pancakes and asked me to marry him,” she wrote on Instagram, following Evans’ Christmas day proposal. “Loving him has been the greatest gift of my life. And now I get to do it for life.”

After a whirlwind year, which included wedding planning and the release of Evans’ debut American single and Ballerini’s sophomore album, the couple tied the knot on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

They exchanged vows in front of 100 guests on December 2, 2017. After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests toasted with shots of tequila.

“It’s a little bit different,” she admitted, “but that’s how we started.”

Following the ceremony, the love birds and their guests enjoyed Mexican fare and margaritas. They danced, ate cake and capped off the night with a dip in the pool.

The couple said it was “a perfect end to a perfect night.”

Despite their busy touring schedules, Ballerini and Evans always make time to see each other. They even implemented a two-week rule into their marriage to make sure they don’t go too long without connecting.

“We have a 2 week rule,” Ballerini once shared on Instagram. “Sometimes we have to have a grace period for an extra day or two, like this time, but we try to never go without seeing each other for more than 2 weeks.”

Evans explained that they also look to their friends and fellow country stars for advice when it comes to balancing a career and marriage.

“Country music is great in that way in that it encourages family, it encourages marriage and all that stuff,” Morgan shared with E! Online. “We’re good friends with Thomas Rhett and Lauren. Obviously we look up to people like Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. There’s so many great family stories in country music.”

Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans often share photos of their adventures together on Instagram. Check out some of their cutest photos in the slideshow above.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.