Dolly Parton and her husband, Carl Dean, were married on May 30, 1966. And 50 years later, the happy couple did it all over again in a private vow renewal ceremony in Nashville, Entertainment Tonight reports.
The couple first met outside the Wishy Washy Laundromat on the very first day Dolly moved to Nashville. She was impressed that he actually looked at her face, and was "genuinely interested in finding out who I was and what I was about," she said on her website. They were married two years later in a small, simple ceremony on Memorial Day, with only the preacher and his wife there to witness it.
"My first thought was I'm gonna marry that girl," Carl said in a press release. "My second thought was, Lord she's good lookin'. And that was the day my life began. I wouldn't trade the last 50 years for nothing on this earth."
This time, the ceremony was more along the lines of what you'd expect from Dolly. She wore an off-white wedding gown designed by her friend and business partner Steve Summers. "I've always wanted a big beautiful dress, the whole thing," she told Rolling Stone before the big day. They also got new wedding rings, though Dolly wears her old one on her right hand for sentimental value.
The couple, who lives an extremely private personal life, will sell the vow renewal photos to benefit her literacy charity, the Imagination Library. Carl, who is notoriously press-shy, will even give his first interview ever to accompany the photos; fans will submit questions and Dolly will do the asking. Dolly's wedding dress and Carl's suit will go on display at Dolly's Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood starting on July 1.
"If I had it to do all over, I'd do it all over again, and we did," Dolly said in the press release. "I'm dragging him kicking and screaming into the next 50 years. Wish us luck. In all honesty, the only way I was able to get Carl to do any of this in the first place was that it was a great opportunity for us to raise money for some very worthy causes."