Scotty McCreery Marries Gabi Dugal in North Carolina
Country star Scotty McCreery and his girlfriend of six years Gabi Dugal tied the knot in the North Carolina mountains on Saturday in front of more than 200 of their loved ones, PEOPLE confirms exclusively.
“We’ve been dating six years and have known each other our whole lives. That kind of story doesn’t happen too often nowadays,” the American Idolalum — whose single “This Is It” details their love story and sweet proposal — told PEOPLE before the wedding. “I support her dreams and she supports mine.”
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The ceremony, which was officiated by McCreery’s childhood pastor, followed a jam-packed weekend of activities, including a Cajun-style shrimp boil on Thursday night and a rehearsal dinner on Friday “up on the cliffs” of the couple’s wedding venue.
McCreery and Dugal — who wore an “elegant” bridal gown by Morilee for her big day — exchanged personalized wedding vows before heading to celebrate their new union with family and friends at their rollicking reception.
The newlyweds, both 24, shared their first dance to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and their guests tucked into Cajun dishes (a nod to the bride’s Louisiana roots), steak and pasta. Instead of a traditional large wedding cake, the couple served an assortment of pies.
“I kept it very classic,” Dugal says about their black, white and gold color scheme and decor. “I went with greenery and white flowers, some lanterns and candle votives [for a] rustic feel. We fell in love with the mountains during the summertime [when Scotty proposed], and our [venue] is like a little castle in the woods.”
Adds her husband, whose dad Michael served as best man: “Very Beauty and the Beast!”
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SCOTTY McCREERY'S "FIVE MORE MINUTES" GOES PLATINUM
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – SCOTTY McCREERY PERFORMED ON “HARRY” TV SHOW TODAY (MAY 17)
Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery performed his No. 1 Gold (soon to be Platinum)-certified hit “Five More Minutes” today on the syndicated daytime television series “Harry” (May 17). While on the show, McCreery talked with host Harry Connick Jr. about his upcoming wedding plans to fiancé Gabi Dugal.
McCreery recently released his new single “This is It,” which details how he proposed to Dugal in the North Carolina mountains. The couple will be married later this summer. “This is It” is the second song from McCreery’s new album Seasons Change, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart when it was released in March.
You can download the video of McCreery’s interview and performance on “Harry” at this link:
Photo credit: Courtesy “Harry” TV show.
Catch Scotty performing "Five More Minutes" on the "Harry" TV show
Catch Scotty performing "Five More Minutes" on the "Harry" TV show tomorrow (Thursday, May 17)! Taped this several months ago - always love hanging with Harry Connick Jr. Tune in here to see what station in your market airs "Harry": https://harrytv.com/watch/
SCOTTY McCREERY’S ROMANTIC “THIS IS IT” IMPACTS RADIO TODAY
This past Saturday (May 5), Scotty McCreery was the surprise entertainer at the iHeart Country Festival in Austin, Texas where he received a standing ovation from the entire audience at the Frank Erwin Center. His acoustic performance of his recent first-ever No. 1 hit, the Gold certified “Five More Minutes,” became one of the most talked about moments of the night. Today, the Triple Tigers recording artist introduces his fans to his new single, “This is It.” The heartwarming tune, written as a love song for his fiancée Gabi Dugal, impacts radio today and is already making waves with 38 Mediabase adds.
“I’ve shared so much of my life on my new album, Seasons Change, and so many of the songs were inspired by the love of my life, Gabi,” said an excited McCreery. “It feels like the perfect time to release ‘This Is It’ as my next single while she and I prepare for our wedding that will happen in just a few weeks. This is our story. I hope everyone will celebrate with us!”
McCreery wrote “This Is It” with Frank Rogers and Aaron Eshuis just two weeks before he proposed to Dugal. For months he had carefully planned how the proposal would go, the exact location, the words he would say and more -- and that created the blueprint for the song. And a couple of weeks later, the lyrics became reality in the midst of the picturesque North Carolina mountains when he asked for her hand and she accepted. The couple had found this beautiful spot by mistake months earlier while out hiking and it had quickly become their spot. For McCreery, there was no other location to pop the once-in-a-lifetime question, as described in the lyrics:
Way up in the mountains, 4,000 feet high
There’s a trail through the trees to a cliff where Carolina meets the sky
Oh, and there’s a view, I just can’t describe
No, we’re not there yet, just a few more steps
Baby wait, okay, you can open your eyes
This is it, this is now
This is what I’ve been talking ‘bout
Looking out, can’t you see forever?
Take my hand, just take it in
This is the moment we won’t forget
On top of the world here together
If there ever was a time for a perfect kiss, this is it
“This Is It” is the second single off of McCreery’s recently released album, Seasons Change, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, achieving one of the strongest first weeks for a country music album in the last year, moving over 40,000 albums in the first week alone. For the first time, McCreery is featured as a songwriter on all 11 tracks. With themes such as losing loved ones, moving out on his own, falling in love and coming of age, Seasons Change is a reflective and honest narrative of the artist’s experience navigating life in his early twenties. The album was produced by Rogers, Eshuis and Derek Wells.
Fans can listen to Seasons Change and “This Is It” here.