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Country star Scotty McCreery and his girlfriend of six years Gabi Dugal tied the knot in the North Carolina mountains on Saturday in front of more than 200 of their loved ones, PEOPLE confirms exclusively.

“We’ve been dating six years and have known each other our whole lives. That kind of story doesn’t happen too often nowadays,” the American Idolalum — whose single “This Is It” details their love story and sweet proposal — told PEOPLE before the wedding. “I support her dreams and she supports mine.”

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The ceremony, which was officiated by McCreery’s childhood pastor, followed a jam-packed weekend of activities, including a Cajun-style shrimp boil on Thursday night and a rehearsal dinner on Friday “up on the cliffs” of the couple’s wedding venue.

McCreery and Dugal — who wore an “elegant” bridal gown by Morilee for her big day — exchanged personalized wedding vows before heading to celebrate their new union with family and friends at their rollicking reception.

The newlyweds, both 24, shared their first dance to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and their guests tucked into Cajun dishes (a nod to the bride’s Louisiana roots), steak and pasta. Instead of a traditional large wedding cake, the couple served an assortment of pies.

“I kept it very classic,” Dugal says about their black, white and gold color scheme and decor. “I went with greenery and white flowers, some lanterns and candle votives [for a] rustic feel. We fell in love with the mountains during the summertime [when Scotty proposed], and our [venue] is like a little castle in the woods.”

Adds her husband, whose dad Michael served as best man: “Very Beauty and the Beast!”

We just confirmed another Scotty performance for June 10 at CMA Music Fest!

Scotty will perform (full band) from 10:30 PM – Midnight

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Bruce Kalmick (Partner/Manager, Triple 8 Management; Partner, Triple Tigers Records), George Couri (Partner/Manager, Triple 8 Management; Partner, Triple Tigers Records),
Frank Rogers (co-writer and producer), Scotty McCreery (co-writer and artist), Monty Criswell (co-writer), Norbert Nix (Partner and General Manager, Triple Tigers Records),
Scott Stem (Manager, Triple 8 Management) | Photo Credit: Steve Lowry for BMI  
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier today, Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery was celebrating his hit single “Five More Minutes” topping both the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard Country Airplay charts at his first-ever No. 1 party when he was surprised with exciting news that the song had been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined units of streams and sales in excess of one million units. The party, which also honored his co-writers Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell, was hosted by both BMI and ASCAP, and held at the Country Music Association.
“Can this year get any better?” asked an ecstatic McCreery. “A couple of months ago ‘Five More Minutes’ becomes my first No. 1 hit, then Seasons Change debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Now, I learn 'Five More Minutes' has been certified Platinum! The only thing that can top this is my upcoming wedding happening in a few weeks. 2018 is my favorite year ever! Thank you to all the fans who bought the song, who streamed it, who requested it at radio and who come out to the shows - watching your reaction to 'Five More Minutes' recharges me each night on the road. You guys mean everything to me.”  
McCreery wrote “Five More Minutes” with Rogers and Criswell in 2015, just two weeks after the passing of his paternal grandfather who served as the inspiration for the song. The touching tune, which People Magazine calls “an emotional walk down memory lane,” also topped the Music Row Country Breakout Chart.  The intimate music video, featuring previously unseen home video footage from McCreery’s childhood, topped both the CMT Hot Country Countdown and the GAC Top Country Countdown for multiple weeks. “Five More Minutes” takes on classic country music storytelling from a refreshing perspective, reminding listeners to slow down and cherish both monumental and small moments in life.
McCreery recently released the heartwarming and romantic “This Is It” as the second single from his chart-topping, reflective album Seasons Change. He wrote the song with Rogers and Aaron Eshuis two weeks before proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Gabi Dugal at their favorite location in the scenic mountains of North Carolina. The song shares his proposal plans in specific detail. The couple, who have dated for six years and have known each other since kindergarten, will be married this summer.

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Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery performed his No. 1 Gold (soon to be Platinum)-certified hit “Five More Minutes” today on the syndicated daytime television series “Harry” (May 17).  While on the show, McCreery talked with host Harry Connick Jr. about his upcoming wedding plans to fiancé Gabi Dugal.

McCreery recently released his new single “This is It,” which details how he proposed to Dugal in the North Carolina mountains. The couple will be married later this summer.  “This is It” is the second song from McCreery’s new album Seasons Change, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart when it was released in March.


You can download the video of McCreery’s interview and performance on “Harry” at this link:

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Photo credit: Courtesy “Harry” TV show.

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Catch Scotty performing "Five More Minutes" on the "Harry" TV show tomorrow (Thursday, May 17)! Taped this several months ago - always love hanging with Harry Connick Jr. Tune in here to see what station in your market airs "Harry":

SMC ThisIsIt Single Final1This past Saturday (May 5), Scotty McCreery was the surprise entertainer at the iHeart Country Festival in Austin, Texas where he received a standing ovation from the entire audience at the Frank Erwin Center. His acoustic performance of his recent first-ever No. 1 hit, the Gold certified “Five More Minutes,” became one of the most talked about moments of the night. Today, the Triple Tigers recording artist introduces his fans to his new single, “This is It.” The heartwarming tune, written as a love song for his fiancée Gabi Dugal, impacts radio today and is already making waves with 38 Mediabase adds. 
 “I’ve shared so much of my life on my new album, Seasons Change, and so many of the songs were inspired by the love of my life, Gabi,” said an excited McCreery. “It feels like the perfect time to release ‘This Is It’ as my next single while she and I prepare for our wedding that will happen in just a few weeks. This is our story. I hope everyone will celebrate with us!”  
McCreery wrote “This Is It” with Frank Rogers and Aaron Eshuis just two weeks before he proposed to Dugal. For months he had carefully planned how the proposal would go, the exact location, the words he would say and more -- and that created the blueprint for the song. And a couple of weeks later, the lyrics became reality in the midst of the picturesque North Carolina mountains when he asked for her hand and she accepted. The couple had found this beautiful spot by mistake months earlier while out hiking and it had quickly become their spot. For McCreery, there was no other location to pop the once-in-a-lifetime question, as described in the lyrics: 
Way up in the mountains, 4,000 feet high
There’s a trail through the trees to a cliff where Carolina meets the sky
Oh, and there’s a view, I just can’t describe
No, we’re not there yet, just a few more steps
Baby wait, okay, you can open your eyes
This is it, this is now
This is what I’ve been talking ‘bout
Looking out, can’t you see forever?
Take my hand, just take it in
This is the moment we won’t forget
On top of the world here together
If there ever was a time for a perfect kiss, this is it
“This Is It” is the second single off of McCreery’s recently released album, Seasons Change, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, achieving one of the strongest first weeks for a country music album in the last year, moving over 40,000 albums in the first week alone. For the first time, McCreery is featured as a songwriter on all 11 tracks. With themes such as losing loved ones, moving out on his own, falling in love and coming of age, Seasons Change is a reflective and honest narrative of the artist’s experience navigating life in his early twenties. The album was produced by Rogers, Eshuis and Derek Wells. 
Fans can listen to Seasons Change and “This Is It” here.