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‘American Idol’ Winner Scotty McCreery Weds High School Sweetheart

Congrats! Apparently the couple first met in kindergarten.

Their love story inspired his song, and on June 16 Scotty McCreery married his longtime girlfriend.

The Season 10 “American Idol” winner wed Gabi Dugal in the North Carolina mountains on June 16, People reported.

The pair first met in kindergarten in their hometown of Garner, North Carolina. Here’s a sweet photo of the couple, shared in April before they tied the knot:

Out kicked my coverage.

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And here’s a look at their gorgeous wedding photo, shared on Instagram by People magazine:

“We’ve been dating six years and have known each other our whole lives,” McCreery told People. “That kind of story doesn’t happen too often nowadays. I support her dreams and she supports mine.”

It’s official. I’ve got the sweetest fiancée on the planet! Love you and miss you too @gabidugal! #Repost @gabidugal with @get_repost ・・・ “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 • • • This week began the season of rejoicing in Scoot’s hard work coming to fruition and our many prayers being answered! His new album is the best everrrr/bomb/nothing short of amazing – if you don’t already have it you’re missing out!! (AKA – go buy it now!) • • • Blessed to have walked through several seasons of life with you already and can’t wait for many, many more! Andddd can’t wait for everyone to fall in love with your new music – love watching you shine! 🤩💗 P.S. – I miss you, come home soon ❤️ • • • 📷: @5ftkrista @6ftamber #sixfootphotography

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McCreery was more than ready to marry the girl of his dreams:

His song, “This Is it,” is about their relationship and his proposal, which he pulled off in a secluded spot on Grandfather Mountain about 200 miles northwest of Garner, a Raleigh suburb.

A few months ago, McCreery shared this photo of the beautiful diamond ring he proposed with:

Dugal, who is a nurse at Duke University Hospital, wore a gown by Morilee. McCreery’s childhood pastor officiated the nuptials, which included personalized wedding vows.

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Dugal hails from Louisiana, so the couple kicked off their wedding weekend with a Cajun-style shrimp boil. They also served Cajun dishes, as well as steak and pasta, at their wedding reception. Dessert was an assortment of pies instead of a traditional wedding cake.


“I kept it very classic,” Dugal told People. “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.”

The newlyweds shared their first dance as a married couple to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

They plan to honeymoon in Tahiti.

“The one thing she really wanted was an over-water bungalow,” McCreery told People of his new wife.


Before McCreery left for his Tahitian honeymoon, his team shared sneak peek of his new “This Is It” lyric video. What a touching tribute to a sweet love story!

Written by Lisa Respers France for CNN. Additional reporting by Simplemost staff. 

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