We've seen lots of couples get married on TV these days--but here's a spin on the typical reality-TV wedding that most fans have never experienced. At the Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday evening, a real-life couple will get married on stage during the show's broadcast. And, fittingly, they'll take the plunge to the strains of Martina McBride's latest single, "Marry Me"--which she'll be performing live with Train frontman Pat Monahan as they take their vows.
So, who is this lucky (or, a little bit crazy) pair? McBride hand-selected the couple, Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci of New Jersey, after coming up with the novel idea to have a real wedding on stage.
"When I was asked to perform 'Marry Me' with Pat on the ACMs, the first thought that popped into my head was, 'Wouldn't it be cool if we actually had a couple get married live on the show while we sang the song?'" she explains.
The producers agreed, and Davidson and Tucci were chosen for the honor. The pair have a unique story: Both lost their respective spouses in 2009, and met via a support group for widows and widowers in the area. After becoming good friends, the couple fell in love. Between the two, they have three young sons from their previous marriages.
If being married on the ACMs stage isn't memorable enough, there's plenty of extra details to make the happy couple's nuptials festive. Davidson will be outfitted in a bridal "dress of her dreams" for the show, and Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman is personally designing the wedding cake. After the wedding, the pair will jet off to an all-inclusive Caribbean honeymoon.
But likely, the most moving part of the wedding will be McBride and Monahan's serenade. "I think it's so special that we will be witnessing the union of these two wonderful people and that we will all be sharing that moment together," McBride relates. "Pat wrote such a beautiful song, and I can only imagine how powerful and sweet this moment is going to be for all of us."
The Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live on CBS April 1 at 8 p.m. ET. To read more about Davidson and Tucci's wedding, visit here.
- Pat Monahan