|Singer Carrie Underwood and the Ottawa Senators' Mike Fisher got married Saturday. (REUTERS file photo)
OTTAWA - It's officially Mike and Carrie Fisher.
The elite wedding of Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher, 30, and American sweetheart superstar country singer Carrie Underwood, 27, went ahead as planned Saturday in Greensboro, Ga.
The couple, known for steadfastly guarding their privacy, gave exclusive coverage rights to People magazine, which reported Saturday evening that 250 friends and family witnessed the event, which was set to classical music and featured the religious couple's favourite Bible readings.
Among those in attendance were country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, as well as Ottawa Senators Chris Phillips, Shean Donovan, Nick Foligno, Chris Neil and former teammate Wade Redden.
"We could not feel more blessed to have found each other and to have shared this day with our friends and family that mean so much to us!" the newlyweds told People in a statement, signing their names "Mike & Carrie Fisher."
The magazine reports Underwood wore a Chantilly lace dress by Monique Lhuillier.
People's website includes a statement attributed to the wedding planner who described the ceremony as "a spiritual expression of their love" for a "very special couple."
Here in Ottawa, the event was known as Fisher's wedding, while south of the border most thought of it as Underwood's wedding. Many were referring to it simply as Fisherwood.
It seems it isn't hockey fans who are behind the buzz -- Underwood was the most-searched term on Yahoo! on Friday.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the wedding venue at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, was chosen not only for its glitz, but also its seclusion. The waterfront property on Lake Oconee is about a two-hour drive from Atlanta and has basically one road going in or out. That made it easy to cut the umbilical cord, severing media and fan access. Word was the entire facility was booked by the couple for $500,000.
Police even patrolled the waterways to keep boat-bound gaggles of admirers well back from shore.
A large white tent proved to be an efficient way of keeping paparazzi-hired helicopters from a bird's eye view of the couple's special day.
The weather was decent though -- hot, to be certain, at 33C.
Local media in Greensboro reported private security firms kept watch as limos filed into the plantation property for about 90 minutes.
The exact time of the wedding isn't known, but is thought to have been around 5:30 p.m.
Even though the Ritz-Carlton is an open facility, management made sure all uninvited guests -- that's anyone without an armband, apparently -- knew the rules days in advance. The following is an excerpt from a letter written July 8 to guests by Ralph L. Vick, general manager of the Ritz-Carlton Lodge.
"The Lodge and all outlets, including the outdoor pool and spa will be closing at noon on Friday, July 9. Check out time tomorrow will be no later than noon. We appreciate your understanding."
The newlyweds will likely spend their first night as man and wife in the Ritz's Presidential House -- a 5,400-sq.-foot suite with mahogany furniture, marble floors and baths, and feather beds.
It's not known for certain where the honeymoon will be, but Underwood told Life & Style magazine Fisher was in charge of that.
"I don't where it is. That was Mike's project."
Several media outlets speculate the honeymoon will be in Tahiti and Bora Bora.
Underwood told People magazine the couple was forgoing a wedding registry.
"We just want people there -- that's the best gift," she said. "The basics are always nice, like a nice bottle of wine. We can write your name on it and when you come over for dinner, we can break it out."
Her next public appearance is scheduled to be NBC's Today Show concert series July 30.