Love her more. Country singer Maggie Rose got married to her fiance, longtime manager Austin Marshall, this past Saturday, June 4, and the bride opens up to The Knot in an exclusive new interview about her traditional wedding ceremony and lively reception.
As first reported by The Knot, Rose and Marshall exchanged vows in Rose’s childhood church, Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, Maryland. The bride’s parents married under the same exact roof decades ago. “Austin and I both connect on our strong sense of family,” she tells us. “It is one of the things about him that I am most attracted to. It only seemed appropriate for us to have our family be heavily involved in the ceremony and reception.”
Rose stunned in a custom gown featuring an illusion neckline, which she helped create alongside Nashville-based designer Olia Zavozina. The dress also included a beaded, white-lace overlay. Marshall and his groomsmen, meanwhile, looked handsome in tuxedos by Vera Wang that featured a slimmer fits.
The First Look
Rose opens up to The Knot abut how Marshall reacted when he first saw her in her wedding dress as he stood on the patio of their reception venue. “It helped calm our nerves a bit,” Rose says of the moment. “Austin had his back turned … I walked up and tapped him on the shoulder. Like myself, he was trying to stay composed, so he didn’t turn around immediately. But once he did, we both felt at ease and gave each other a big kiss.”
“He had no idea what my dress looked like leading up to the big day,” she adds. “When he saw it, he said, ‘It’s so beautiful. It’s so you.’ Even after waiting for me in the 90 degree heat in a tux he still looked dashingly handsome.”
During the ceremony, the couple hand-selected passages from the Bible that exemplify their relationship. “The first reading was from the book of Genesis, read by our friend Tom Natelli, about how God created man and woman and how He looked at what He had created and saw that it was good,” Rose tells The Knot. “The second reading, read by our friend Natalia Davidson, was from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. It provides many examples, even a musical one, to explain the idea that ‘if I do not have love, I gain nothing.’”
“Our Gospel was from the Book of Matthew which says ‘You are the salt of the earth, the light of the world’” she adds. “Monsignor John Enzler, who married several other couples in my family, used our selection to call Austin and I to action to be a couple who embraces our faith and uses our visibility to celebrate that faith throughout our marriage.” The bride reminisced about marrying Marshall in her childhood church, “The whole process was pretty spiritual and personal for the two of us.”
“There are so many unconventional things about our life,” Rose tells The Knot. “We both wanted to have a traditional feel for our Catholic ceremony. We selected the type of vows we wanted to recite, but didn’t write our own because for us personally, that part felt sacred.”
The couple held their party at the Congressional Country Club, where Rose’s father previously served as president. “We surprised our guests by gathering many of our talented guests on stage for an impromptu concert,” she shares. “Austin and I sang a duet called ‘River Road,’ which was sentimental for us since he proposed to me during a show by surprising me as my duet partner in front of family and friends. We sang a few other favorites while backed by The Morrison Brothers Band, whom I produce and Austin manages, however my favorite was Austin’s rendition of Joe Cocker’s ‘With a Little Help from my Friends.’ He killed it.”
The First Dance — and More!
The couple shared their first dance to a classic Frank Sinatra song, performed by the couple’s friend Larry Florman. Florman also performed “The Best Is Yet to Come” for the groom and his mother, Beth Marshall.
The father-daughter dance was exceptionally special. Rose and her father danced to “She’s All Yours,” which was co-written by the bride and her pals Kyle Fishman and Houston Phillips. Since the bride was preoccupied, songwriter Dallas Davidson performed the song instead.
The Mother of the Bride
The bride’s mother, Lizz Durante, was the couple’s wedding planner. “My mother is a freak of nature and was able to make this a surprisingly relaxing process for me,” she tells The Knot. “At first I thought planning this wedding remotely would be a difficult process, but she knows me so well, which made it easier for me! We shared a lot of text messages with pictures and video and Pinterest was key!”
However, Rose adds a disclaimer to her fellow brides. “I think you should have a very solid relationship with your mother before you enlist her to take on such a big task,” she says.
The Standout Moment
Rose tells The Knot about her favorite part of the wedding. “Austin and I really enjoyed the speeches given by my father, Steve Durante,” she says, along with the messages from her bridesmaid and matron of honor, Claire and Theresa Durante. John Fuchs, Austin’s best man, also gave a memorable toast. “The four of them were able to include all our guests in their stories at some point and even roast a few of them!” she recalls. “We laughed, we cried. I don’t think either of us will ever forget their words.”