The couple confirmed the news to People, who report the pair was married at Drakewood Farm in front of about 100 family members and friends. While Pearce and Ray initially planned for an outdoor ceremony, rain moved the ceremony into one of the farm’s barns.
“Knowing without a shadow of a doubt that I didn’t settle for something less than truly the person that I think was made for me is something that I am thankful for,” Pearce said.
The bride wore an untraditional gown designed by Samantha Sleeper that included a “high neckline, full-length sleeves, and a short pencil skirt cloaked in a full-length piece of sheer lace,” according to People. “I just wanted a dress that felt very unique to me,” she said.
The couple first bonded over its love of the Grand Ole Opry. Fittingly, country radio DJ and announcer of the Grand Ole Opry Bill Cody officiated the ceremony. Both Pearce and Ray exchanged vows they penned themselves.
“No matter what, I have her in my corner,” Ray said. “No matter what, she has me in her corner. I tell her, you’re never going to face anything alone. Never will there be anything in life that you don’t look over and I’m standing beside you.”