Former "American Idol" and current country music star Carrie Underwood wed Ottawa Senators center Mike Fisher(notes) yesterday at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga., home of "luxurious accommodations and 81 holes of golf along the pristine coast."
It was evidently a lovely affair, and the complete antithesis of the Grand Ole Opry hootenanny we were hoping for: One filled with hay bales and shotguns and Jarkko Ruutu(notes) in a duet with Charlie Daniels and the bride and groom consummating their marriage by loogie'ing in the same spittoon. (Were we able to cram enough Southern stereotypes in there? Because we could go on ...)
From the Fisherwood wedding that actually did happen on Saturday in Georgia, here are five things you need to know about it.
1. Radar Online estimates the cost of the wedding at $500,000. Which means that the Fisherwood nuptials cost as much as Senators defenseman Matt Carkner did for the 2009-10 season.
2. There were an estimated 200 guests at the wedding, including country stars Faith Hill and Garth Brooks; "American Idol" judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul (no word if Bo Bice caught the bouquet); and Fisher's Ottawa teammates Chris Phillips(notes) and Chris Neil(notes), who may have been off the hook for a wedding gift given recent events.
3. The secrecy for the wedding was intense. Guests were
directed to an airport where they were then picked up by private jet or limo,
and then taken directly to the Ritz-Carlton, according
to Viscosi Media and other reports. The
Ottawa Citizen sent a reporter and a photographer to attempt to
crash cover the wedding. They discovered not only a security checkpoint
checking passes, but a sheriff's cruiser that would personally escort
non-authorized vehicles back down the only road in or out of the hotel.
4. Fisherwood released a statement after the wedding: "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!" They signed it "Mike & Carrie Fisher." Yes, Carrie Fisher. No word if this was in the cards for the wedding night.
5. Finally, Mike Fisher was in charge of the honeymoon details, and surprisingly didn't pick a lake cabin somewhere in Manitoba. Instead, Just Jared reports Fisherwood will embark on an 11-day vacation to the Tahitian cities of Papeete and Raiatea, continuing on to Bora Bora. Now, will the Ottawa Citizen live blog the honeymoon, too?