When country music star Sara Evans and sports radio host Jay Barker decided to say “I do,” the couple realized that the grounds of a Franklin, Tennessee farm was “A Real Fine Place To Start” their lives together as husband and wife. On June 14, 2008, 130 guests gathered to watch the platinum-selling recording artist walk down the aisle in an ivory silk taffeta creation by Vera Wang, People magazine revealed.
Knowing that the wedding not only bound their two souls together, but also combined their two families, the couple’s seven children each played a role in the event. Walking past guests who had complied with the black and white wedding theme by donning dark clothing, the bride’s eight-year-old son escorted his mother to the altar where the groom, smartly attired in Dolce & Gabbana, waited to make her his wife.
For the friends and family members who had seen the singer through heartbreak and watched her romance with her new love blossom in late 2007, the words of the Rascal Flatts hit “God Bless the Broken Road,” performed on this day by the song’s creator, resonated with a poignancy that tugged at their heartstrings during the ceremony.
After the exchange of vows, true country cuisine, including Southern friend chicken, biscuits and mac and cheese was served after the newlyweds took to the dance floor for their first dance. In the loving embrace of her new husband, the former Dancing with the Stars contestant, who bowed out of the competition as her world unraveled less than two years ago, was dancing on a cloud as they swayed to the music of Chris Brown’s “With You.”