Amy, Vince nuptials low key

By Brad Schmitt / Staff Writer
published: Saturday, 3/11/2000

Amy Grant
Amy Grant
Vince Gill
Vince Gill
Middle Tennessee's highest-profile wedding in more than a decade happened during an intensely private ceremony yesterday on a farm in Williamson County.

Country singer Vince Gill and Christian/pop singer Amy Grant exchanged vows outside with some 75 people, mostly relatives, looking on.

Publicists for both stars kept details of the nuptials and reception private, though some information and a wedding picture were expected to be released today.

Grant, who was barefoot, wore a long cream-colored dress and flowers in her hair while her groom wore a dark suit, white dress shirt and tie. The two exchanged vows that they had written themselves while Mack Hannah, pastor at Harpeth Heights Baptist Church, officiated.

There was no best man or maid of honor. The children Grant and Gill have from previous marriages were close to the couple during the ceremony.

Grant's father, Dr. Burton Grant, spoke briefly at the wedding before the guests went to a reception at a West End Avenue area home Amy Grant has been renting.

Some 500 guests, including many Music Row executives, producers and songwriters, gathered for the reception, where the couple toasted the guests and thanked them for coming.

But no celebrities were known to be in the crowd.

Outside, a handful of tabloid photographers gathered, but it was relatively quiet.

The two have been friends since 1993, when Gill invited Grant to appear with him on a Christmas special in Tulsa in Gill's native Oklahoma.

Gill was divorced from singer Janis Gill in 1997 and Amy was divorced from singer-TV host Gary Chapman in June last year.

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