[lastfm]Carrie Underwood[/lastfm] and Mike Fisher tied the knot Saturday at secluded Reynold Plantation resort under a tent before 250 guests in Greensboro, about 75 miles east of Atlanta.
The super-secret wedding was covered by one single media outlet: People magazine. How much did they pay for exclusive access? Rumors are in the $2 million, more than covering the cost of the wedding itself, which was estimated to be at least $500,000, according to RadarOnline.
“We could not feel more blessed to have found each other and to have shared this day with our friends and family that mean so much to us!” the newlyweds told PEOPLE in a statement, signing their names “Mike & Carrie Fisher.”
People, which said she wore a Chantilly lace dress created for her by Monique Lhuillier, will provide photos and more details in its print edition next week.
Underwood paid for all 250 rooms for the entire weekend. Roads were cut off. The Sheriff’s office shooed people away who got too close and weren’t a guest. Everyone in town connected to the wedding, as well as employees of the resort, apparently had to sign confidentiality agreements, according to the Ottawa Citizen. It’s probably a fair bet the guests had to sign similar agreements and relinquish cel phones and the like. Thus, there have been no apparent leaks as of 9 a.m. Sunday morning. (My source has been incognito since 12:43 p.m. Friday.)
The waterways weren’t completely cut off. The intrepid Joanne Chianello of The Ottawa Citizen (Fisher is a big hockey player for the Ottawa NHL team) really tried to get close to the wedding by road and by waterway, hitching a boat to within 50 meters of the shore on Lake Oconee. She didn’t end up actually seeing Carrie Underwood or Mike Fisher. But she did note the secrecy was incredible. Read her story here. She paints a picture of the small town of Greensboro, a place where George W. Bush, Mickey Mantle and John Mellencamp visit.
The newlyweds are about to take off in their private jet for their honeymoon. Chris and I have been hanging out at the airport all morning when a two-car sheriff’s escort arrived with a big grey SUV limo in tow that drove right onto the tarmac at 10.25.
Carrie and Mike posed for photos (behind the limo!) with airport staff. We barely got a glimose of them as they got on the plane, but they were dressed pretty casually – she in short-shorts (looking good!) with a light white shirt over what looked to be a striped tank top or possibly t-shirt. Also flat sandals. Her hair was up and she was looking pretty relaxed and happy (from what we could tell, anyway).
Mike was in a ballcap – big surprise – a t-shirt and shorts (I think!).
We weren’t close enough to yell congrats at them, and they couldn’t have heard us over the engines anyway!
That’s as close as we got to Ottawa’s golden couple on their wedding weekend – and frankly, we’re surprised we were able even to get that close!
MJ says they are off to Tahiti and Bora Bora.