MR. & MRS.
After three years of dating and a 2019 engagement, the “Ain’t Always the Cowboy” singer and professional hairstylist tied the knot in front of limited guests on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Saddle Woods Farm in Tennessee.
“We had a friend who was married at Saddle Woods last year, and when we walked into their wedding, Jon was like, ‘This is the most amazing venue ever,'” Duncan told PEOPLE. “So when we had to cancel our destination wedding, they were naturally the first venue we called when we knew we had to keep things closer to home. There’s never a right time in 2020 to get married, so after all the planning and replanning we were just happy we got to do it.”
Pardi’s longtime friend and stylist, John Murphy, married the couple.
“He knows us so well,” Duncan said. “With it being such a special moment, we wanted someone who knows us inside and out and who we feel a connection with.”
“With so much of our families being in California we had to make the tough decision to downsize (drastically) twice, and we ended up with a small group of just our immediate family and closest friends in town,” Duncan, who worked with Habitat Events to plan the wedding, said. “We hope to eventually have a ‘wedding tour’ as Jon calls it and celebrate with all our family and friends in California, Nashville and Texas.”
SEALED WITH A KISS
A small mishap during the ring exchange led to laughs, as Pardi held out his right hand instead of his left for Duncan to place his wedding band. “Other hand!” the bride told the groom as he shouted, “First-timer!”
The wood-beamed venue was decorated in neutral colors with greenery and lots of candles.
INTRODUCING THE PARDIS
“Summer was love at first sight for the first time ever in my life,” Pardi said. “She was the first girl I’ve ever dated where I felt like she had my back and that we really are a team. Summer is stunningly beautiful to look at, but that doesn’t compare with her heart and how caring she is. We have the most fun together — in any situation — and we laugh constantly.”
For dinner, guests enjoyed arugula Caesar salad with tomato bisque and a chicken and steak entrée with Boursin mashed potatoes and veggies. For dessert, the couple served mini churros, since neither Duncan nor Pardi “are big on cake.”
“Originally we were going to slice a pizza in Montana and have late-night wood-fired pizza, but now we are thinking Taco Bell,” the couple said.
For the ceremony, Duncan created a custom gown inspired by a combination of two different designer dresses which she describes as “very classic, sleek and timeless — but with a flair.”
Keeping cautious amid the pandemic, the couple had all of their guests tested prior to the wedding. They also swapped the original buffet for a sit-down dinner at spaced-apart tables and had sanitation stations and custom “PardiTime” masks available for guests. The majority of the ceremony and reception was held in a flex indoor/outdoor space with heaters to maximize the air ventilation between the venue and the outside.
Duncan and Pardi chose his yet-to-be-released song “Look at You” for their first dance as a married couple. Pardi wrote the tune for Duncan this past June in California and recorded it in November before the ceremony.
Duncan also designed a jumpsuit for the reception with Nashville-based designer Johnathan Kayne.
“He is an absolute dream,” Duncan said. “I had a vision of what I wanted, and I literally sat there with him and my stylist and said what I had in my mind and he sketched it out. I was blown away. Then the three of us fine-tuned it, and it was such a fun and magical experience through all my fittings.”
As for the groom, Pardi wore a tux by Aaron McGill at Fior Bespoke in Nashville. Happy Jewelers did the couple’s rings and all of their jewelry.
When it comes to what they’re most looking forward to about marriage, Duncan said it’s “finally finishing what we started in October 2019.”
“[We went] through the worst year possible for a relationship, one where Jon’s career came to a halt and we spent more time together than we ever have,” Duncan said. “We’re thankful for all that time we got to spend together because it was a confirmation that we are a great team, we get along, we appreciate each other, we respect each other and we love each other.”
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