Gwen Stefani posts intimate wedding photos on Instagram, reveals marriage to Blake Shelton – USA TODAY

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, the musical couple who got to know each other serving as judges on the reality singing competition “The Voice,” officially tied the knot on July 3. 

Stefani ended fevered wedding speculation with a July 5 Instagram post wearing a robe and flipping back a wedding veil topped with a white bow. “July 3 2021,” Stefani wrote in the caption with a heart emoji, tagging Shelton.

“The Today Show” reported that the ceremony took place on Shelton’s Tishomingo, Oklahoma ranch, in a chapel that Shelton built for Stefani on the grounds. There were 40 guests at the intimate wedding, with “Today” and “Voice” host Carson Daly serving as the officiant.

Stefani posted a gallery of wedding photos, including one revealing her Vera Wang gown as she posed with Shelton beneath a brilliant twilight sky with the hashtag #married.

“Dreams do come true!!!” Stefani wrote in the caption.

The gallery post featured a photo of the happy couple featuring blue jean-clad Shelton driving a festive golf cart as Stefani, wearing white cowboy boots, waved her white flower bouquet.

Another photo showed the newlyweds kissing in front of a multi-tiered wedding cake.

Stefani wore a custom-made lily white gown with a plunging neckline and a cut-away back, according to a release from designer Vera Wang. The gown was worn with a chapel-length veil that featured the hand-embroidered names of “Gwen” and “Blake” along with the names of Stefani’s children – Kingston, 15,  Zuma, 12, and Apollo, 7. The names were flanked by two white roses at the hem of the veil.

For the reception Stefani wore a Vera Wang lily-white, Italian silk crepe strapless mini-dress. The dress embroidery was highlighted by a pair of hand-sewn love birds symbolizing the couple. The birds were joined by three baby birds representing Stefani’s children. 

Stefani posted a photo of the couple’s first dance to Peter Gabriel’s “Your Eyes” to her Instagram stories. Shelton’s dog Betty can be spotted walking behind the slow-dancing couple.

Noticeably not spotted at the Oklahoma festivities, fellow “Voice” judge Adam Levine.

Stefani, 51, hinted at the wedding on Instagram with a photo of herself last month drinking a glass of wine and holding a present with the caption “SHE’S GETTING MARRIIIEEEEED”

The couple connected on set at “The Voice” in 2015, when both were coaches on the long-running NBC talent search show. The pair formed a fast friendship and bonded over their complex, high-profile divorces. The following year, Shelton told The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network, the relationship “literally saved my life.” He explained he and Stefani initially struggled with trust issues, but they turned them into inspiration for their first duet, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.”

“Sometimes when you think things couldn’t be worse and you can’t make it through another day, you never know what’s right around the corner that can save your life — that’s literally what happened for me,” said Shelton, 44.

“The fact that we were able to be there for each other and relate to each other in that way like nobody else on earth. … There’s so much out there that is crazy, to have a shoulder and somebody that can be there for you and relate and understand, it literally saved my life.”

The couple got engaged last October (Stefani later reflected she “didn’t have any idea” the proposal was going to happen) and expressed interest in having a summer 2021 wedding after initially holding off on scheduling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Shelton joked last month to USA TODAY that if it were up to him, they’d have a country-fried wedding.  “If I was picking our meal, it would just literally be everything fried,” he said. “French fries, chicken tenders, you know, all of that stuff. I think she knows that it would be a pretty classless wedding if I was in control.”

Shelton was previously married to fellow country singer Miranda Lambert and Kaynette Williams. Stefani shares her three children with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale, with whom she officially split from in 2016. 

In a 2017 interview on NBC’s “Today,” Shelton acknowledged that many fans were perplexed when they became a couple. 

“In people’s defense, I think it’s so hard for people to wrap their head around why Gwen would want to be with me,” he said. “I don’t blame ’em.”

Shelton said in a July 2020 interview on “Today” he was working hard to be a positive role model for Stefani’s three boys.

During the interview, Kotb asked Shelton about Stefani’s Instagram post from Father’s Day, in which she thanked Shelton for “helping me raise these boys!!” 

“That’s a scary moment for me, because it’s one thing for me to be with the kids all the time and be their buddy,” Shelton said. “But then you do have to consider after awhile, that they’re starting to listen to things that you say, and there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with that, which is new to me.”

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Contributing: Bryan Alexander, Charles Trepany, Gary Dinges and Cindy Watts