More details are emerging about Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani‘s weekend wedding, thanks to their good friend, Carson Daly, who officiated the ceremony. Daly, who knows both Shelton and Stefani from The Voice, shared several details of their big day on the Today Show, including the sweet way they said — and sang — their vows.
“I went to them months ago and said, ‘I think you guys should write your own vows. We shouldn’t just do the repeat after me,'” Daly recalled. “They were really reluctant to do that, but they decided to. It’s two of the best songwriters in the world; we want to hear your words.”
Both Shelton and Stefani rose to the challenge in a way no one, even Daly, could have anticipated.
“At the wedding, Gwen starts, and she wrote this, ‘Since I was a little girl …’ And she crushes it, not a dry eye in the church,” Daly shared. “It was so perfect. I said to Blake when she was done, ‘Top that, buddy.’ And Blake starts by saying, ‘Gwen’s always giving me a hard time about not writing enough songs, so I wrote a song.’
“Guitar comes in frame, stool, next thing you know, he wrote her a song. He sings her a song while he’s crying that he wrote specifically for her. … Not a dry eye in the house,” he continued. “That was really a highlight. It was a bunch of pinch-me moments. It was just their family. It was small. It was perfect.”
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The ceremony, from start to finish, perfectly embodied both Shelton and Stefani.
“It was as elegant and refined and cool as Gwen is, and it was country and down-home and fun as Blake is,” Daly revealed. “They just work. They’re an unlikely pair. They’re like if you paired delicious fried chicken with a glass of champagne. On paper, on the menu, it doesn’t seem to work, but it works. They’re comfort food with class, and everybody roots for that.”
Daly was honored to be chosen to have such an important role in their nuptials.
“I’ve known them both forever,” Daly said. “I’ve known Gwen for 25 years. I was friends with them both when they met separately. I love Blake to death. He’s like the brother I never had. And then to have the opportunity … When they called me, I know where I was. They both had me on speakerphone. They just said, ‘We think it would work. We think you’re perfect for it.’ Gwen and I both share a deep sense of faith. We talk a lot about faith, the two of us. And to work with them and their family to get to be a part of that day, with my family, was really an honor. It was fun too … We had a blast all weekend long.”
As for the song Shelton wrote, Daly hopes he releases it, so others can share in their celebration as well.
“That’s a hit song,” Daly boasted. “I don’t think he had a name for it. I texted him last night and I think he wrote me, it’s called ‘Reach the Star’ was the working title. Hopefully he’ll record it. It’ll put everybody in the wedding at that moment if he records that song. You will be transformed on that hilltop in Oklahoma, in the middle of nowhere.”