Gwen Stefani has officially lassoed her forever cowboy—she and Blake Shelton tied the knot over the holiday weekend! The Oklahoma ranch wedding went off the hitch with a country-meets-camp aesthetic that was the perfect marriage of both of their styles.
The singers' nuptials were one of the most talked-about weddings of the year, with fans and media speculating for months if the two had tied the knot in secret, but finally, they officially said "I do" on July 3, 2021.
The at-home wedding was attended by friends and family, including a special officiant who played a role in the couple's meeting. The "Hollaback Girl" singer shared a series of Instagram posts on July 5, detailing the couple's nuptials. The stunning and eye-catching photographs, taken by wedding photographer Jeremy Bustos, shared by Stefani, capture the couple's lavish yet intimate wedding day.
From the venue to the dress to Shelton's signature jeans, we gathered all the information and details you need to know about the superstars' July 3 wedding.
We had no doubt that the "Wind It Up" singer would have a nothing-short-of-iconic dress—and she didn't disappoint. Stefani wore not one but two stunning Vera Wang gowns. For the ceremony, the bride wore a custom number that featured a plunging neckline and a tulle, high-low skirt.
"Gwen chose a custom lily-white silk georgette and hand tumbled tulle high low gown with a plunging neckline and a cutaway back," the brand shared on Instagram. For the reception, Stefani slipped into a punky strapless tulle mini dress, which she wore on top of fishnet stockings. The dress was adorned with beautiful and significant floral and bird embellishments that had a special meaning.
"For the reception, she chose a custom lily-white Italian silk crepe and hand tumbled tulle strapless mini dress with hand-pieced silk, crystal, and sequin embroidered foliage delicately trickling from the waist down the skirt," the brand wrote. "The embroidery is highlighted by a pair of hand-sewn love birds symbolizing the couple. They are joined by 3 baby love birds representing Gwen's children."
Founder of the luxury wedding planning company, BTS Event Management, Trista Croce estimates that Stefani's formal ceremony gown cost around $10,000, with the mini reception dress ringing in at $5,000.
For the ceremony, Stefani paired her high-low gown with a chapel-length Vera Wang veil embellished with sentimental details. At the bottom of the veil, her and Blake's names appeared alongside the names of her three sons: Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo. The brand posted a stunning black-and-white shot of Stefani next to a window with her cascading veil sprawled out all around her.
"The gown was worn with a lily-white chapel length veil featuring hand-embroidered names of Blake, Gwen, Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo flanked by 2 white roses at the hem of the veil," the brand detailed. Coce estimates that the stunning personalized veil would have cost Gwen about $5,000.
To complement her reception dress, the designer also created a matching short veil—which appears to be a trend among celebrities (see Ariana Grande's Audrey Hepburn-inspired veil)—with floral accents and a large white bow fastened to at the crown of Stefani's head (again, not unlike Grande's).
For the entire event, the L.A.M.B. designer wore her platinum blonde tresses slicked back into a tight and sophisticated bun.
The "Nobody But You" duet singers exchanged vows at Shelton's Oklahoma ranch, where the two spent a considerable amount of time during the COVID-19 pandemic. They even got engaged back in October 2020 in the stunning, private chapel the two had built at Shelton's home.
One black-and-white image posted by Stefani showed the two sharing a dance (perhaps their first as husband and wife?) in front of a long dining table adorned with glistening light fixtures and chandeliers. Silver lanterns and candles were sporadically placed down the stone stairs in front of the long table for soft, romantic lighting.
The Western Theme
Stefani wore the most incredible pair of white stiletto cowboy boots to pay homage to her groom's love of country and Southern upbringing with both dresses. The pointy-toed boots had silver embellishments along with the toes and heels and hit mid-calf. She completed the western look with stacked bracelets and a cross necklace. Shelton also embraced his country roots by rocking his signature blue jeans with a black tuxedo jacket and vest, a white button-down shirt, and a white bowtie.
The reception also included upscale country-chic decorations that were tastefully placed in the room where the reception was held. The perfectly fitting aesthetic to the outdoor ceremony to the Western campy flair can all be attributed to wedding planner Crystal Moriaty and designer, Todd Fiscus both of his namesake company, Todd Events.
While the Western touches were a prominent part of their theme, Croce notes that the whole wedding's aesthetic really captured both of their personalities. "He is very much country and she is very much glam/rock and they look fabulous together," she told us. "The ranch venue pays tribute to Blake and Gwen kept it classic with pops of her iconic funky style."
The couple's close attention to detail was evident with their beautiful, multi-tiered, vintage-looking wedding cake, which paid tribute to Stefani's parents. The cake, designed by Fancy Cakes by Lauren, was a replica of her parent's wedding cake.
The cake designer posted photos and sketches of the cake on Instagram and explained the meaning behind its intricate details.
"This style of cake has become a lost art of free-hand piping called Lambeth Cake Design," the designer wrote. "It’s [slowly] making a comeback in weddings, and I’m sure Gwen and Blake have just pushed Lambeth right back into demand with their five-tier beauty."
"Complete with white swan pillars, bells, tiny sugar flowers, and white chocolate cherubs…. All of the small piping details are layers upon layers of intricate Royal icing that creates an elaborate cake design fit for (literally) [American] royalty."
The Guest List
Stefani's parents were in attendance to see the gorgeous imitation of their cake from their special day. The rest of the guest list included 40 of their closest friends and family members, according to People.
Of course, Stefani's three sons Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo, were all in attendance to watch their mom walk down the aisle to their soon-to-be stepfather. The musician posted a sweet family portrait of her, Blake, and her sons looking dapper in black tuxedos.
As for their officiant, the couple chose quite a special guest to make their union official. Carson Daly, a good friend of the couple and the longtime host of NBC's The Voice, where Stefani and Shelton infamously met and fell in love back in 2014, took on the role of an officiant for the big day.
"Thank u @carsondaly we love u!!," Stefani captioned an Instagram post featuring two goofy photos of the three friends posing together. Daly also shared a series of photos from the event, including one of Stefani walking down the aisle toward him and Shelton.
Daly's wife, Siri Pinter, and their children were also in attendance at the wedding. They posed alongside the happy couple in one image.
Appearing on the Today Show, Daly revealed some insider information from the special day, recapping the couple's personalized vows. He started off by sharing how Stefani's vows had everyone crying, and couldn't be topped until the country music star whipped out a stool and his guitar and sang his vows to his bride.
"Next thing you know, he wrote her a song, he sings her a song while he's crying that he wrote specifically for her, 'Reach the Star,' I think it was called," Daly revealed. "And not a dry eye in the house. And that was really a highlight."