Monday, June 16, 2008

Sara Evans & Jay Barker, Got Married

It has been said that passionate new romance comes at a time when he or she least expected it. This might happen when Sara Evans, 37, and Jay Barker, turning 36, got married last Saturday evening, June 14, 2008 in an outdoor ceremony in a farm in Franklin, Tennessee officiated by their minister, Rev. Joe Beam.

It was a simple private affair with around 145 guests, on which both of their combined brood of seven served as their only attendants. Jay has four on his previous marriage, and Sara has three, whom her eldest 8-year old Avery, walked with her down the aisle accompanied by the famed songwriter Marcus Hummon singing the hit he wrote for Rascal Flatts "God Bless the Broken Road" – a song that the couple says speaks to their relationship.

She wore an ivory silk taffeta Vera Wang gown with a halter neck, while Barker wore a Dolce and Gabbana suit and as requested, all the guests wore a black and white accented with hints of yellow roses. The sophisticated d├ęcor was given a down-home twist with a menu catered by Constant Craving featuring Southern fried chicken, country-style pole beans, biscuits and macaroni and cheese.

The bride and groom had their first dance to Chris Brown's "With You" and the 145 guests – including Sheryl Crow – boogied beneath a canopy of strung lights to a collection of R&B and pop hits spun by a deejay.

The couple’s friend and wedding planner, Traci Philiips describes, "It was really very elegant, but Sara wanted it to feel like you were at her house."

It could be well recalled; in October 12, 2006, country music singer-songwriter and multi-awardee, Sara Evans resigned as a contestant from the “Dancing with the Stars” for personal reason, and the next day, her split-up from her husband of 13-years was revealed. It was a messy and bitter public divorce case, whom she had to pay her first husband Craig Schelske (a political aspirant), US$500,000 alimony over a ten year period with visitation rights, likewise, which she was granted the full custody of her three children.

Jay Barker, a Birmingham, Alabama radio host and a former American and Canadian football quarterback, was also divorced almost at the same time with four children. The couple met each other last fall on their divorce counseling sessions, of the same minister who officiated their wedding. Evans say about Rev. Joe Beam, " … He was our own personal matchmaker … I think God told Joe to get us together.” They started dating last Thanksgiving Day and announced their engagement on March, 2008.

Sara Evans rendered her song number on a lovely passion last June 8 at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee while singing and holding Jay Bakers hands on stage.

Now, everyone could already imagine how joyful and delightful their home will be with a combined brood of seven children. How much more at the time when a new baby was added and came along with them?

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