Country music’s most eligible bachelor, superstar Kenny Chesney, wed Academy Award-winning actress Renee Zellweger during a ceremony Monday afternoon (May 9) on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where the singer owns a house. The brief ceremony was attended only by close friends and family.
It’s the first marriage for both Chesney and Zellweger.
The 37-year-old Chesney was barefoot during the 15-minute ceremony. His bride was dressed in a gown by her favorite designer, Carolina Herrera.
The couple met in Los Angeles on Jan. 15 when both appeared at the Concert of Hope tsunami relief benefit and, according to sources close to Chesney, “hit it off” right away. Since that time, they have remained in contact via cell phone and visited each other when their careers allowed time for what has been described as a whirlwind courtship.
On April 29, Zellweger attended Chesney’s concert in Jacksonville, Fla., and delivered his customary margarita onstage to the delight of the audience at the show’s close. Just last week, Chesney and Zellweger, a 36-year-old native of Katy, Texas, were spotted in a darkened corner at a P.F. Chang’s restaurant located just south of Nashville.
Nominated for Oscars for her roles in Chicago and Bridget Jones’s Diary, Zellweger won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her work in the film, Cold Mountain. She previously dated actor Jim Carrey (her co-star in Me, Myself & Irene) and rock musician Jack White of the White Stripes (who produced Loretta Lynn’s critically-acclaimed Van Lear Rose album).
Chesney has acknowledged that he was inspired to write his 1999 hit “You Had Me From Hello” after seeing Jerry Maguire, the film starring Tom Cruise and Zellweger.
There won’t be much honeymooning. Chesney has a concert scheduled for Thursday night (May 12) in Little Rock, Ark., and Zellwenger will be busy promoting her new film, Cinderella Man, set for a June 3 release.