In some ways, it was as traditional a wedding as could be. It was held on a Saturday afternoon at a family member's home, it was presided over by clergy, and the bride wore white.
Oh wait--make that the brides wore white!
Yep, Chely Wright--who is credited as the first country star to publicly come out as a lesbian--and her partner, civil rights activist Lauren Blitzer, tied the knot Saturday in Connecticut with more than 200 friends and family members in attendance, according to People.
Despite the familiar elements of the wedding plans, Wright and Blitzer's union was filled with plenty of personal touches. Blitzer's aunt's house was decided on for the location. Wright is Christian and Blitzer Jewish, so they chose an interfaith ceremony presided over by both a reverend and a rabbi. Music was spun by a DJ ("Bands at weddings make me nervous," Wright told People). The wedding feast was barbecue. And, although they both opted for white gowns, neither bride wore a veil--"We like our hair too much!"
Wright, 40, came out in May of 2010 and met Blitzer, 30, a few weeks after. In April 2011 the couple announced their engagement. Connecticut is one of several states that legally recognizes same-sex marriages. The couple are currently living in New York, which recently decided to recognize same-sex marriages, but had not made this ruling at the time of the couple's engagement.
Although Wright claims she has not received much support from the Nashville community after coming out, she told People famous friends such as Faith Hill and former boyfriend Brad Paisley have reached out with encouragement and kindness. The week preceding the wedding, Wright fielded a stream of congratulatory comments on her Twitter account, including one from actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth: "We love you both and can't wait to hear details!"
A toast to the newest beautiful country bride...and her beautiful bride! Congratulations!