Congratulations to Ruben Studdard! OK! can exclusively reveal that the second season American Idol champ wed fiancée, girlfriend of two years Surata Zuri McCants, 30, just outside his hometown of Birmingham, Ala., at noon on Saturday.
A rep from 19 Management confirms exclusively to OK! that the black-and-white themed ceremony took place at the Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook, Ala., and was attended by around 200 of the couple’s closest family and friends.
The Velvet Teddy Bear, whose full name is actually Christopher Ruben Studdard, met his bride in 2006 at an in-store record signing event at an Atlanta-area Wal-Mart.
"I was signing copies of my CD and she came in to get one signed for her friend who couldn’t get off from work," Ruben told The Birmingham News. "We started talking, and she was telling me about her friend. But I just looked at her and thought, `She is so beautiful.’"
"God has given me a beautiful wife," Ruben continued. "I am looking forward to having fun with her and enjoying all the blessings that have come my way so far."
Fashion designer Joseph Abboud styled the 29-year-old groom, and all of his groomsmen also wore tuxedos by Abboud, provided by local wedding outfitter Mr. Burch Formal Wear.