Jake Owen and Lacey Buchanan have tied the knot a month after he proposed to her onstage at one of his concerts, while the country star almost didn't make it to the ceremony due to some hardcore Cinco de Mayo partying, which drew the attention of a cop.
The 30-year-old singer and 22-year-old actress and model married in a sunrise ceremony on Monday, May 7, at Owen's hometown of Vero Beach, Florida. He posted on his Twitter page a photo of the two standing on a beach in their wedding attire. People magazine said the bride wore an Amsale gown and veil and Owen donned a white linen Armani shirt and Tommy Bahama drawstring pants. Both were barefoot.
"A best friend for life," Owen Tweeted after their wedding. "I now have a wifey :) my face hurts from smiling. What a wonderful way to start the rest of my life."
Owen and his new bride met on the set of his 2009 music video "8 Second Ride" and became involved romantically after she starred in the clip for his 2011 single, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," People magazine said.
Owen proposed to Buchanan at his concert at the Citrus Bowl at Vero Beach High, his alma mater, on April 7. He brought her onstage for a dance while performing his song "Don't Think I Can't Love You" and then got down on one knee. He did not have a ring to give her at the time.
On Saturday, two days before his wedding, Owen was detained by police and handcuffed briefly near the Steak 'n Shake restaurant in the area. An Indian River County Sheriff's Office spokesman told local outlet TCPalm.com that a deputy noticed the singer dancing outside the eatery, adding: "He had a mask on, some type (of mask) that looked like an older man. At the time, the deputy didn't know what he had."
People inside the restaurant told him that they were joking around and showed him the singer's driver's license, the outlet said. Owen was not arrested formally and has apologized.
Earlier that day, just before 1 p.m., he had posted a photo of himself wearing a Sombrero and drinking a bottle of Corona beer, saying: "It's on."
On Sunday, he said: "Y'all I apologize. The IRC Sheriff was doing their job. I love hometown. I had too good of a time on Cinco de Mayo. I want to publicly apologize again for bringing to light a situation that I overreacted to. I embarrassed myself and my family and most importantly the great people of my hometown."
Cinco de Mayo is a popular "drinking" holiday in the United States that commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla between an army made up of mostly Mexican Indian soldiers against Napoleon III's invading French forces.
"The Sheriffs were doing their jobs and I made an immature decision to announce it to the world," he added. "This is me talking. Not some puppet that is reciting what he "should" say. I take full responsibility. Again, what's done is done, but I am truly sorry."
Before apologizing, Owen had Tweeted: "You give a guy a gun and a badge and he thinks he's John Wayne. Thanks Indain River County Sheriffs Office. Unreal. (sic) I'm calling it a night. My mom cried. My Dad was embarrassed. I lived out another day. Happy Cinco De Mayo."
The latter messages have since been deleted.
(Pictured above: Left - Jake Owen and his new bride Lacey Buchanan pose for a wedding photo on the coast of Vero Beach, Florida, on May 7, 2012, as seen in this Twitter photo posted by the singer. / Right - Jake Owen appears with a Corona in a Twitter picture posted on May 5, 2012." Credit: Jake Owen's Twitter page.)