Bobby Bones and Caitlin Parker are married!
The radio host, Breaking Bobby Bones star and American Idol mentor and Parker tied the knot at their Nashville-area dwelling on Saturday night — and PEOPLE has all of the unique particulars.
“We love dwelling. We picked this place out collectively — that was actually one of many first choices that we made as a pair. And so she thought, ‘What if we obtained married right here?'” Bones, 41, tells PEOPLE.
Provides Parker, 29, “It was such a giant gesture for Bobby to need to get a house for us each, that had a few of my touches. We obtained to begin recent. For me, it actually wasn’t even a query. It was simply — if we’re getting married in Nashville, we’re getting married on the home.”
With the assistance of Ninth & Everett proprietor and planner Josiah Carr, the couple’s yard was reworked into the marriage venue of their desires. Blooms from Stella Rose Floral have been all over the place whereas a “C + B” from Alpha-Lit Nashville lit up the realm. Moreover, string quartet Viva La Strings performed whereas floating in Bones and Parker’s pool throughout the cocktail hour.
“Josiah has simply been the most effective — not solely planning, but additionally being a little bit of a therapist at occasions for various causes,” Bones says. “Actually, I did not know the worth of a marriage planner. I believed they employed a few individuals, you ate your cake and also you referred to as it a day. However he has been so nice and useful and giving in ways in which I by no means anticipated him to be.”
Charla Storey Bobby Bones and Caitlin Parker
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Bones and Parker deliberate to forgo a primary look forward of the ceremony — “I cannot see her till she’s strolling down the aisle,” he tells PEOPLE — however each have been trying ahead to the opposite’s look as the marriage march started.
Parker was additionally awaiting the second her father would hand her off to her fiancé. “I’m so shut with my dad and he is simply the right instance of what a person ought to be to his spouse and his daughters,” she says. “His blessing means quite a bit to me. And I identical to the thought of being handed over from my favourite man on the planet to my new favourite man on the planet.”
After the groomsmen — together with retired tennis professional Andy Roddick — walked in to The Workplace theme music, the couple’s two canine, Stanley and Eller, additionally made their method down the aisle in bow ties and pearls — although days earlier than the ceremony, Bones was uncertain if the rambunctious pups would be capable of “pull it off.” He joked, “We’re rooting for them, however it’ll be a game-time resolution.”
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Bones and Parker, who wrote their very own vows, have been married by her childhood music minister, Jeff Elkins. “I haven’t got a godfather, but when I did, it could be him,” Parker says of Elkins, who’s additionally her childhood finest pal’s dad. “He was the one possibility.”
For his or her wedding ceremony, Bones wore a customized swimsuit with bow tie by Alton Lane, preferring to “mix in” with a basic look so Parker may “come down and personal the present” in her Galia Lahav robe.
Parker discovered the right piece at The Costume Concept Nashville a lot faster than she initially anticipated.
“It was most likely the third gown that I attempted on, and I knew it instantly. I had 5 ladies [including bridesmaids Abby Smyers and Bobby Bones Show personality Amy Brown] with me and three of them began crying! It was absolutely the reverse of what I believed that I wished from the beginning — utterly completely different,” she tells PEOPLE. “Bobby’s very superstitious about it. He does not even need me to say the phrase ‘gown.’ He will not take a look at my telephone — he is afraid an image will pop up. He will not go into the closet the place it is hanging, despite the fact that you may’t see it.”
Parker completed her bridal look with hair by Sarah Klein and make-up by Marz Collins.
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Following the ceremony, friends — together with nation stars Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Chuck Wicks and radio persona Charlamagne Tha God — loved a cocktail hour with apps handed on marble trays within the form of Bones and Parker’s dwelling states of Arkansas and Oklahoma whereas listening to the floating quartet White Door Occasions arrange within the couple’s pool.
The get together then moved right into a tent on the property for dinner and dancing, the place the pair have been formally launched as Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Estell. Friends Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay then took the stage to sing Bones and Parker’s first dance music — the Jesse and the Rippers model of The Seaside Boys’ “Eternally” from Full Home.
Charla Storey Caitlin Parker and Bobby Bones
Different business buddies supplied further leisure, as Gary LeVox serenaded the gang with Rascal Flatts’ hits “Bless the Damaged Highway” and “Quick Vehicles and Freedom” whereas Ronnie Dunn carried out the Brooks & Dunn basic “Neon Moon” as a light-up moon was lowered from the ceiling as a shock for the newlyweds.
Bones tells PEOPLE he was particularly trying ahead to the dances — each the primary and final. “I do know I will not cry then,” he says of the Dan + Shay efficiency, but when just a few tears sneak out, “I can simply conceal on her shoulder.” The pair deliberate to share a non-public second on the finish of the night time as effectively. “We’ll do a final dance when all people’s gone,” Bones explains. “I stay up for that with no strain.”
Bubbles & Brews Nashville supplied champagne and craft beer, whereas Past Particulars catered the occasion, serving steak, crab desserts, mashed potatoes and greens. Muffins + Co supplied candy treats, together with Bones’ favourite Funfetti cookie dough cake that he beforehand had for his birthday. “They will be very full once they depart right here,” Bones jokes of his friends.
However the couple was most excited in regards to the night’s send-off — a Sonic Drive-In pop-up serving all the things from “put a hoop on it” onion rings to Nashville sizzling rooster sliders to the couple’s private concoction, the Bobby Water. (Regardless of the title, the drink — which options water, strawberries, cherries and Nerds — was Parker’s creation. “Bobby went on air the subsequent day and was like, ‘So I invented this loopy factor at Sonic.’ And I caught wind of it and was livid!” she recollects with fun. “That may be the largest struggle we have ever had.”)
Bones and Parker take into account the Sonic snacks the “most private a part of the night time” as a result of it reminds them of the early days of their relationship once they have been determining their emotions for one another.
“When she was coming from Los Angeles to Nashville and I might choose her up on the airport, I might go by Sonic and get her drinks first,” Bones explains of the primary few months of courting long-distance in 2019. “It was like, ‘Hey, you simply flew for 5 hours. That is an odd factor I am doing as a result of I am attempting to point out you the way a lot I care about you, however I do not actually know the way to specific human feelings.’ So to have that as a giant a part of our wedding ceremony means quite a bit to us. It wasn’t some kind of product placement. We really pursued them and have been like, ‘Is there any method you’ll do that right here?’ They usually went above and past.”
After assembly by way of mutual buddies on the West Coast, the couple dated for just a few months earlier than the pandemic hit in March 2020. Parker, who was dwelling in California on the time, determined to journey to Tennessee to trip issues out. “I got here with a mindset of, ‘I am going keep for a few week as a result of L.A. is shut down and Nashville is not.’ It was simply, ‘I might reasonably be with my boyfriend locked in the home than on my own in L.A. locked in the home,’ in order that half was simple. It was months later once I was about to graduate grad college the place we needed to actually take into consideration if I used to be going to formally make the transfer or proceed long-distance.”
For his half, Bones “was principally simply attempting to persuade her to be right here. I wished her to remain the entire time. When it was time to have these conversations, I did not need to as a result of I did not need her to even take into consideration going again.”
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By the summer season, Parker had determined to remain in Nashville. “When she lastly agreed to maneuver right here, I simply knew I used to be going to suggest,” Bones tells PEOPLE.
He continues, “I knew instantly that it was extraordinarily completely different, even from the beginning. Early on, it was like, ‘I actually wanted to deal with this delicately and make investments my time and my capabilities as a result of that is going to be for a very long time.’ I wasn’t freaked out and that is how I knew it was proper. I by no means as soon as went, ‘Oh God, what’s taking place right here?’ Principally I used to be like, ‘Possibly that is what individuals are speaking about whenever you watch films and skim books.’ That is how I knew she was the one — as a result of I wasn’t freaking out.”
Bones proposed to Parker within the barn on their property final October, quickly after they’d moved from his bachelor pad the place they’d quarantined collectively. Parker knew accepting was the precise resolution.
“I had conversations with my mother rising up about whenever you fall in love with that proper particular person and the way you understand,” she recollects. “And he or she at all times advised me that it is simply not laborious. You’ll undergo plenty of issues collectively as a pair, however that the connection itself should not be laborious. That it appears like a way of peace washing over you. And with Bobby, that is the way it’s at all times been. After I’m with him, there’s such a powerful sense of peace about us it doesn’t matter what it’s we’re going by way of that day. I simply know he is the one for me.”
Hannah Corridor Caitlin Parker and Bobby Bones
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In fact, not all the things’s good — Parker needs Bones would cease biting his fingernails and discover ways to soak a plate (“I do not even want you to do the dish; simply put water on it earlier than you let it crust over within the sink!”), whereas Bones is irritated that Parker’s “higher than him” at nearly all the things, together with time administration. However he admits he wants to listen to it.
“She’s the primary particular person that really tells me, ‘No’ or ‘You need not spiral this fashion.’ And I’ve listened — most likely not as a lot as she likes — however I’ve by no means listened, truthfully ever. I get so irritated by being advised what to do, however that is really, ‘Hey, let me aid you get just a little extra balanced.’ I am getting higher as a result of I see it is for my very own good.”
Bones grows introspective. “I’ve simply been so alone, on my own, impartial. I am lastly beginning to have substance in my life. She’s consistently attempting to persuade me that my life is extra than simply what I do for a dwelling and attempting to point out me that my value is extra than simply what I put out on TV or on the radio,” he says. “I have never been a lot of a human. I have been very a lot a robotic for all of my life till now, however I can really feel small cracks in that actually unhealthy body that I used to dwell inside. I am studying.”
Hannah Corridor Bobby Bones and Caitlin Parker
As speak turns to the longer term, each Parker and Bones say they hope to have youngsters — and develop their very own household traditions.
“We wish youngsters. I by no means actually had a household rising up,” Bones tells PEOPLE of his childhood burdened by poverty, an absent father and a mom (now deceased) who abused medicine and alcohol. “It is also a rising course of for me to be a greater, extra well-rounded human. I am trying ahead to that.”
Provides Parker: “My household is de facto massive on traditions. Christmas Eve, we do the identical factor yearly, and we at all times go on a household trip. I actually stay up for persevering with a few of these with him, but additionally beginning our personal.”
However first, the honeymoon. “There’s just a little motel a few mile from the home, so we’ll go keep for a day,” Bones initially jokes, earlier than confirming he’ll in truth be having fun with a quick break. “I’ve by no means taken two weeks off of labor!”
The Breaking Bobby Bones season finale airs Sunday night time at 10/9 CT on Nat Geo. For extra from Bobby Bones and Caitlin Parker’s wedding ceremony, choose up the newest challenge of PEOPLE, on newsstands all over the place Friday.