Marty Gets His Bride

This appeared in Country Weekly - July 20, 2004

In 1971, at the tender age of 12, Marty Stuart was sure of one thing -- he was going to marry Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith. "That's how old I was when I first met her," Marty recalls with a grin. "She came to my hometown in Mississippi to play at a fair, and I got to meet her after the show. I told my Mom that I would marry Connie one day."

That day would come -- 26 years later! After a three-year courtship, Marty and Connie tied the knot at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, July 8, 1997.

"It was a very private ceremony," Marty noted at the time. "Connie and I wanted it that way. We wanted to hide from the press for a couple of days and enjoy some peace and quiet."

Connie gushed, "I think Marty and I match so well. It's an honor to be his wife, and I love him with all my heart."

Though the two are united in life, they have vowed to keep their careers separate. But Marty and Connie have collaborated on some songs, and Marty also wrote one for Connie's gospel album with Sharon White and Barbara Fairchild, Love Never Fails.

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