American Idol alumni Kat Luna and Alex Garrido tie the knot in Tennessee: ‘We’ve been talking about this day since shortly after we met’
The couple, best known for their time on season 18 of the longstanding singing competition series, made things between them official during a ceremony held in a barn, according to People.
The event’s setting was uncharacteristic for a couple from Miami, but 21-year-old Luna apparently wanted her wedding to stand out from the crowd in terms of both the location and overall feel.
It’s official! Former American Idol contestants Kat Luna and Alex Garrido exchanged wedding vows in a ceremony held on Friday in Tennessee; the two are seen competing during the show’s 18th season in 2020
The singer told the publication: ‘We both have always dreamed of having a barn wedding. Most couples that come from Miami usually go for a beach wedding, but we have always had a different idea of how we wanted our dream wedding to look.’
She also noted: ‘We’ve been talking about this day since shortly after we met.’
27-year-old Garrido’s uncle officiated the ceremony, where the two singers reportedly came up with their respective vows on the spot.
Although the event took place in the midst of a global pandemic, the country singers took special care to keep their guests protected from any potential exposure to COVID-19, as social distancing protocols were in place for the length of the wedding and reception.
Doing it their way: Luna stated that while most couples from Miami would have wanted a beach wedding or something similar, she and her now-husband ‘always had a different idea’ about how they wanted their ceremony to happen
The two also kept their guest list relatively small in order to make sure that everyone in attendance would be able to enjoy the evening in safely.
‘COVID didn’t really change our plans that much…we already had an intimate wedding idea with a reduced guest list and an outdoor barn venue,’ Luna said.
After the ceremony, the reception was made all the more special by Garrido, who wrote and performed a special song for his now-wife.
Not taking chances: The couple ensured that safety protocols would be in place during their wedding in order for their guests to have the best possible time under the circumstances of the global pandemic
Guests who felt like dancing during the celebration were allowed to, as the now-married couple had made provisions in order for their friends and family to get their move on in a safe manner.
The country crooner is also keeping his post-wedding plans under wraps, as he wants to ensure that his new wife gets the most excitement out of wherever they head off to.
Garrido stated: ‘Kat actually has no idea where we will be going…I’m surprising her with a honeymoon trip!’
In the spotlight: The couple first gained recognition for their time on the longstanding singing competition series, where Garrido was eliminated during the second round and Luna held on until the third; they are seen together in 2020
The two first entered the spotlight during their audition for American Idol, where their prowess as a duo led them to advance to the second round of auditions.
During their next appearance, the judges were impressed by Luna’s dramatic vocals, but the performance of Garrido was apparently not proficient enough, and his then-girlfriend was made to advance to the next round alone.
In her final round, Luna performed Always Remember Us This Way by Lady Gaga, which the judges evidently not take to as they subsequently eliminated her.
After both performers left the program, they signed a publishing deal as a musical duo.
Keeping it going: The two have reportedly signed a publishing deal since leaving the show