March 28, 2012 - A New Jersey couple, that were joined by the lose of loved ones, are scheduled to exchange vows and marry on the Academy of Country Music Award show on Sunday April 1, 2012, while being serenaded by Country music superstar Martina McBride.
The bride and groom to be are Country fans Christina Davidson, 31, and Frank Tucci, 33, and decide to join in wholly matrimony live on television during the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, show organizers said. Martina McBride will be joined on stage by Train frontman Pat Monahan, which will perform their new single “Marry Me” as the couple marry onstage in what appears to be the first live wedding during an awards show.
The couple meet by a twist of fate after Davidson lost her husband Paul in a drowning accident in 2009, leaving be behind his then 29 year pregnant wife and child. Tucci, whose wife Danielle had died in the same year from thyroid cancer, left behind a widowed husband with a young son. Dealing with the grief they both attended a support group for widows and widowers where they eventually found love in each others arms before being picked to be married on the show by Martina McBride.
“When I was asked to perform ‘Marry Me’ with Pat on the ACM’s, the first thought that popped into my head was, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we actually had a couple get married live on the show while we sang the song?’ I think it’s so special that we will be witnessing the union of these two wonderful people and that we will all be sharing that moment together,” McBride said.
McBride is nominated for female vocalist of the year at the ACM awards, which will be broadcast live on Sunday on CBS. Kenny Chesney leads the nominations with nine, followed by Jason Aldean with six.