Garth has performed for millions worldwide, selling a record-breaking 100 million albums in 10 years and winning countless awards. And Trisha, who shot to stardom herself with the smash hit "She's in Love with the Boy," has become a multiplatinum success.
Over the years, Garth and Trisha have continued to perform together and support one another through personal highs and lows, including the breakup of Garth's 14-year marriage. In 2001, their friendship blossomed into a real-life love song.
"We are private people, and so, you know, of every scenario that I could have imagined that the proposal might happen, it did not include Buck Owens and 7,000 people," Trisha says. "I don't remember what I did. But I think I was just...I could not believe it—and I'm not easily surprised. But I have to say that in that moment everything disappeared. It became a very intimate moment." She said "yes"—and the crowd went wild.
How does it feel for Garth to be able to call Trisha his wife now? "It feels great," Garth says. "It's still new to say, 'This is my wife, Trisha Yearwood. This is my wife. Have I introduced you to my wife yet?' It's nice. It's neat to get to marry your best friend."
Garth says he broached the subject with his girls while driving in their truck one day. Although Garth says he had a hard time finding the right words, his daughters' reaction put him at ease. "Taylor [Garth's oldest daughter] said, 'Dad, we love Trisha. If you're thinking about marrying her, we would be very happy,'" Garth says. "And I was like, 'Oh, thank God!' So it went great."
What did Sandy have to say about Garth's plans to marry Trisha? "She looked at me and said two things, which I'll never forget as long as I live," says Garth. "She said, 'It's about time.' ... Then she said, 'This is a good move for you.'"
With those four blessings, Garth says that he could move on with his marriage plans. "[I] felt like [I] could move forward and hopefully move forward with some kind of class." Garth and Trisha's small wedding was not what you'd expect from two country music giants.
Garth and Trisha say their wedding was perfect. "It was the most relaxed and happy I've ever been in my life," Trisha says.
"It felt like I was all of a sudden 10 times the man I'd ever been in my life," Garth says.
During their wedding, all three of Garth's daughters, also dressed in wedding gowns, exchanged their own set of vows and rings with Trisha. Garth says it was a special way to allow his daughters to participate and welcome their new stepmom into their family. "It was a very cool ceremony."
Trisha is very committed to Garth's daughters. "I can't speak for how children survive divorce because I didn't come from a divorced home," she says. "My job is to make that as good a situation as it can possibly be so that they have one more person in their life that's a cheerleader for them and that wants them to do well."
Garth and Trisha say that communication is the key to their new family's success. Every night that the girls are at Garth's house, they have "The Honesty Club." "You turn out all the lights in the house, [light] one candle, everybody lays down on the floor and touches the candle, and 'what's said in the club,' everyone says, 'stays in the club,'" Garth says. "And I would love to tell you what [is said] after that, but I can't."
Although the club is top secret, Trisha explains its premise. "This is the place that you can say anything," Trisha says. "Because you want to—at every age that they are—hope that they will feel like that they can always tell you everything. And, you know, realistically they probably won't always tell you everything, but you want to make them feel like they can say anything. And it can be about us. ... And they're very honest."
"I want to do that [tour again]," he admits. "I want to live it. Breathe it. Sleep with it. I just want to just nail it and do it and tear the city down and then say, 'I love you, goodbye,' and look at the next city and say, 'Okay, your ass is next.' You know? And you can't do that with, I'm sorry, with children. I can't. Hats off to the people that do. I can't."
Instead, he says he's concentrating on his family. "I've never been more in love with my life or felt better about myself, if that's not too egotistical," he says. "Children make you love yourself for what they see in you."
Garth offers his fans this glimmer of hope: "Our youngest baby's nine," he says. "I'm thinking when she's off to college...if there's a window that's still open and I'm not 800 pounds by then, then we'll see."
"And," Trisha adds, "If your wife says you can!"
Little did Trisha and Garth know the role they played in bringing this couple together.