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Country Singer Walks Down Aisle to Marry ‘Best Friend’ in Kentucky

Published on October 13th, 2022 | Updated on October 13th, 2022 | By FanFest

Dillon Carmichael is a married man! After meeting the woman of his dreams for nearly five years, country singer Dillon Carmichael married his longtime partner Shayla Whitson in a romantic ceremony at his home state of Kentucky on Saturday, October 1, where he wrote, “this weekend I got to marry my best friend, and I feel like the luckiest man in the world.”

Around the same time, Carmichael and Whitson both took to social media to share some images from their big day with PEOPLE. The country musician captioned his post with a heartfelt message, writing: “I love you forever Mrs. Carmichael AKA ‘Dimples’ Carmichael,” His bride also expressed her happiness on her account, sharing a gallery of images with the caption: “October 1, 2022 will always go down as the best day of our lives.” She went on to thank all those who made it possible before ending her post with a sweet comment about her new husband: “I’m so excited to be Mrs. Carmichael and grow old together with the love of my life.”


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The pair married in Frankfort, Kentucky, at Castle & Key Distillery, where Carmichael’s lifelong buddy Phil O’Donnel officiated the wedding. Whitson walked down the aisle in a stunning Modern Trousseau gown while Carmichael donned a tux designed by Aaron McGill for the ceremony and reception. They paid homage to family during both the ceremony and reception, with Whitson wearing her late grandpa’s turquoise bolo tie and Carmichael sporting his matching belt buckle.

The Oct. 1 nuptials came five years after the newlyweds first met at the Austin City Saloon, where Carmichael performed back in December 2021. According to Carmichael, as soon as he saw Whitson, he knew she was the one, and they “just got along so well from day one. We were best friends first. My being on the road kept us from forming a romantic relationship in the beginning, but then we started dating during a stint of my being off the road. We just kept it going after that!’ The couple became engaged in February 2021, with Carmichael dropping to one knee during a photoshoot that was meant to celebrate their two-year anniversary of dating.

Now married, and having returned to the Austin City Saloon to celebrate their nuptials with family and friends, Carmichael and Whitson are looking forward to a life together. Carmichael told PEOPLE, “I am excited to own a house with her and spend my time making it a home. She is excited to have the same last name and get to do life together as one,” with Whitson sharing, “We put God first in our relationship and be sure to FaceTime every night when Dillon is on the road.” The couple is set to enjoy a week-long honeymoon in Costa Rica.

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