Exclusive: Country Singer Josh Abbott on What He’s Most Looking Forward to on His Wedding Day

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The anticipation! Country singer Josh Abbott is set to get hitched to love Taylor Parnell in an Austin wedding on Sunday, July 8, and the couple tells us that there are quite a few things they’re looking forward to.

It should come as no surprise that music is one of the biggest elements of the pair’s wedding-to-be, though interestingly enough, musical concerns are not highest on their list of things that they’re looking forward to, though it is one of the most personalized aspects of their ceremony and reception.

“For the ceremony, we have a string quartet led by a cellist that has toured in my band before,” Abbott tells The Knot. “When Taylor walks down the aisle, they will play a string version of the song ‘I’m Your Only Flaw’ that I wrote for her. It also contributed to naming our daughter. … Music is obviously such a big part of our lives and we’re happy to let that show in this wedding.”

One of the elements that was most stressful in the planning for the wedding (and likely the one thing that they were most looking forward to getting over and done with!) was the guest list. “It has been extremely difficult in deciding who to invite as we keep the total under 250,” Abbott tells The Knot. “And then once we had that finalized, putting the 12-person tables for dinner was stressful too. … Hopefully we nailed it!”

Below, Abbott and Parnell tell us the top five moments they’re most looking forward to on their big day.

The Pronouncement of Marriage

The most anticipated moment for both Abbott and Parnell is when they are officially pronounced husband and wife, they tell The Knot. “This is a moment that’s been culminating for a couple years now between us, and for it to be here and us be recognized officially as one is going to be a sweet moment,” they say.”

The Bride’s Walk Down the Aisle

Before the pair can officially stroll back up the aisle as newlyweds, they’ll have to go through the rigmaroles of the ceremony itself. Abbott says that he is very much looking forward to seeing Parnell decked out in her wedding dress for the first time, and won’t waste one moment looking away from his beautiful bride.

“Taylor is everything I’ve ever dreamed of and more in a wife,” he says. “She has attributes I didn’t even know I’d value but in seeing them, I now do. Seeing her appear in her perfect dress to marry me is going to be a special moment and I’m going to soak in every second.”

Parnell is equally excited to show off her wedding gown, which she’s gone to great lengths to keep a secret from Abbott. “Josh has been so cute about not wanting to see pics of the dress or even pics of me in dresses I didn’t choose,” she says. “He wants that moment I appear to be special and the first time he sees me in that type of dress. I can’t wait to see his face. I just know he’s going to cry.”

The Reception

Parnell in particular was very hands-on with the wedding-planning process, and as such, Abbott tells us, one of the things he’s most looking forward to is seeing her visions realized in the form of a fun reception. “She’s worked so hard on planning this entire event and getting to enjoy the details we planned will be special for us,” Abbott says. “We’ll be dancing all night, laughing and toasting with friends, and enjoying the ambiance that we and Pearl Events Austin have worked for months on!

The “Last Dance”

In addition to the tradition “first dance” (which they’ll do to an acoustic version of Flatland Cavalry song “One I Want,” played by pals Cleto Cordero & Kaitlin Butts), the newlyweds will also perform a “last dance”—a special, intimate dance just for the two of them. “This is something our wedding coordinator Becky was adamant we do,” Abbott says. “When everyone clears outside to get the sparklers ready, we’re going to have a dance in private … [it’s a] special intimate moment where we get to unwind, decompress, and just focus on each other as we wind down the event before our grand exit.” The couple will sway to Rany Travis’s “Forever and Ever, Amen.”


Undoubtedly one of the most special additions to their wedding day is the couple’s 14-month-old daughter Emery, who will be one of their flower girls. According to Abbott, he’s so looking forward to watching his little girl make her way down the aisle, and is sure he’ll burst into tears. “To see her walk down the aisle with my mom will be a very emotional moment for me,” he says. “One raised me, and one will be raised by me. Both have shaped my life tremendously. Emery has stolen my heart and I’ll bawl like a baby when I see her walk to me in her little dress.”

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