Carrie Underwood and Canadian hockey player Mike Fisher said their marriage vows Saturday afternoon (July 10) under a tent on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Plantation, an upscale resort near the Oconee National Forest in Greensboro, Ga.
Underwood, 27, and Fisher, 30, were married in front of 250 friends and family during a private ceremony that included their favorite Bible readings and classical music, People magazine reports.
"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!" the couple said in a written statement to People. They signed the message as "Mike & Carrie Fisher."
Although the wedding had been a hot topic of web speculation for days, Underwood and Fisher's representatives did a remarkable job of keeping the media away from the event that took place approximately 75 miles southeast of Atlanta. Guests were not told their destination until they boarded flights to Georgia, and the entire resort was booked exclusively for activities leading up to the wedding. Some reports estimate the total cost of the wedding at approximately $500,000.
According to People, the couple's wedding planner described the ceremony as "a spiritual expression of their love" and said Underwood wore a Chantilly lace dress created by Monique Lhuillier, who also designed the bridesmaids' dresses.
Underwood and Fisher, a center for the Ottawa Senators, announced their engagement in December 2009. Their relationship began following an introduction at one of her concerts in Ottawa in March 2008. After confirming their engagement, they said they planned to reside in Nashville and Peterborough, Ontario.