Scotty McCreery is actually a married man!
The former American Idol winner said “I Do” to his longtime love, Gabi Dugal, in a beautiful ceremony held on Saturday. Both McCreery in addition to also his bride hail via North Carolina, where they first met in kindergarten. The couple dated for more than six years before tying the knot.
The newlyweds were joined by more than 0 of their closest friends in addition to also family, in addition to also the ceremony was officiated by McCreery’s childhood pastor, according to People who was first to share the news.
“She’s been my best friend for a while currently,” McCreery told ET earlier This kind of year in a March episode of Certified Country. “I think we just had to get to the point in our lives where, she wanted to work for a year in addition to also kinda get her feet under her, in addition to also I still had to get my feet under me with the songs in addition to also the album in addition to also some transitions. So, we kinda got to a not bad place in our lives in addition to also I felt like the idea was right. I’ve known her my whole life… I knew she was the one a while ago.”
McCreery popped the question during a romantic September hike on the pair’s favorite trail near Grandfather Mountain. Weeks before, McCreery plotted the moment in a songwriting session for his current album, Seasons Change. The resulting track is actually called “This kind of is actually the idea.”
“I had the idea all mapped out in addition to also planned, in addition to also wrote about which so the idea’s actually personal,” McCreery said. “She always wants to hear the songs the day I write them, like, ‘What’d you write today?’ which day I had to tell her, ‘Oh we didn’t get anything today. We couldn’t wrap our heads around anything.’ I had to keep which one a secret for a while.”
McCreery says the duo will enjoy an extended “tropical” honeymoon to celebrate their completely new marriage. When the idea comes time to return to real life, the newlyweds plan to split their time between their homes in Nashville in addition to also North Carolina, where Dugal works as a nurse.
When the idea comes to having a family of their own, McCreery says they don’t quite have baby fever yet. For currently, the newly minted Mr. in addition to also Mrs. have their eyes on a pair of fur babies.
“We’ll start with dogs,” he says which has a laugh. “She wants a Lab in addition to also I want a little English Bulldog. I’m going between Brady in addition to also Elvis for the names.”
For more via McCreery’s interview, watch Certified Country below.