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Pistol Annies’ Ashley Monroe Marries White Sox Pitcher John Danks

John Danks and Ashley Monroe

Blu Sanders

updated 10/24/2013 AT 9:00 PM ET

originally published 10/25/2013 AT 9:15 AM ET

At a sunset ceremony Thursday evening with Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains in the background, country singer Ashley Monroe wed her baseball beau, Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks.

“I married my best friend,” says Monroe, 27, a Knoxville, Tenn., native who met Danks through a mutual friend in 2011 after a show in Chicago. “He has such a good heart.”

Blake Shelton officiated the nuptials, which took place at Blackberry Farm, the same bucolic site where Kelly Clarkson “said four days before, while Monroe’s best friend (and fellow member of the Pistol Annies) Miranda Lambert was her maid of honor.

“They’re my dearest friends,” Monroe said of the superstar couple. “And we wanted someone with personality to marry us!”

John Danks and Ashley Monroe

Blu Sanders
Lambert also served as wedding planner – Monroe dubbed her “Plannie Annie” – doing everything from organizing the day s schedule to hand-making some of the decor.

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