Caleigh Ryan, HARDY; Photos Courtesy of ABC/CMA
Caleigh Ryan, HARDY; Photos Courtesy of ABC/CMA

HARDY & Wife Caleigh Ryan Turn Heads On CMA Awards Red Carpet For The First Time As Mr & Mrs HARDY

Fresh off their nuptials less than two weeks ago, HARDY and his wife Caleigh Ryan walked the red carpet at the 2022 CMA Awards.

Ryan wore a stunning floor length sleeveless white tulle dress with a rhinestone choker, while HARDY wore ripped black denim jeans, a gray Henley shirt, and black blazer.

The 32 year-old “Wait in the Truck” singer tied the knot with his love of four years at Diamond Creek Farms in Nashville on Saturday, Oct. 29 in front of 350 guests.

Ryan told PEOPLE that she wanted to make sure her wedding dress wasn’t just another fancy dress she’d wear to an awards show. “”We go to a lot of awards shows where you get to wear beautiful dresses, so it really was about finding my wedding dress versus just another beautiful dress,” Ryan said. “That was my biggest obstacle. So I ended up creating a dress from scratch.”

Country music friends Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, Devin Dawson, Mitchell Tenpenny, Lindsay Ell, Travis Denning, RaeLynn, ERNEST, Renee Blair, Jameson Rodgers and Morgan Wallen, were some of the guests who attended the special ceremony.

“I could have invited a lot more people, but we wanted people there that know us and love us,” Hardy said.

The couple first started dating on April 19, 2018. When Ryan — a San Diego native — popped up on HARDY’s “For You” page on Instagram, he slid into her DMs.

“We just started talking about San Diego and how she goes to Ole Miss and my family’s Mississippi State thing,” HARDY told People. “We kept in contact until I had a show nearby her school and told her I’d love to meet her there.”

After the CMA Awards, HARDY and Ryan will jet off to Thailand and Vietnam for their honeymoon. “We’re so excited,” Ryan said.

In the new year, HARDY will release his sophomore album, the mockingbird & THE CROW, on Jan. 20, 2023, followed by the kickoff of his tour on Feb. 16.

The 56th Annual CMA Awards will feature performances from Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Cody Johnson, and Carly Pearce.

The show will open with an all-star tribute to the late Loretta Lynn from Underwood, Reba McEntire and Lambert.

Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, and Lainey Wilson will join together to honor the 2022 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Alan Jackson.

Additionally, the show will include star-studded collaborations from Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce, HARDY and Lainey Wilson, Elle King with The Black Keys, Brothers featuring The War and Treaty, Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry, Chris Stapleton with Patty Loveless, Zac Brown Band, Jimmie Allen and Marcus King as well as Ashley McBryde with Pillbox Patti, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack and John Osborne.

Mookie Betts, BRELAND, Jessica Chastain, Jordan Davis, Sarah Drew, Cole Hauser, Tyler Hubbard, Wynonna Judd, Lady A, Rex Linn, Little Big Town, Parker McCollum, Reba McEntire, Ben and Erin Napier, Jeannie Seely, Michael Shannon, and Lainey Wilson are scheduled to present during the ceremony.

Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the 2022 CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and aired on ABC (8:00-11:00 PM/ET).

The CMA Awards will also be available for viewing on Hulu beginning Thursday, Nov. 10.

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