Blake Shelton’s first wife Kaynette Williams, stayed by the country crooner’s side through all the difficult early days of his career. Williams, who was born Kaynette Francis Gern on February 20, 1973, in Oklahoma City, attended the same high school with Shelton – where their love story began.
The two worked together to help advance Shelton’s career. She was not just only his long-time sweetheart, but she also acted as his road manager. And finally, in the early 2000s, Shelton decided that Williams was the one.
“I knew Kaynette was the one,” Shelton once told Country Weekly. “Just because I can’t explain it I can’t say it’s because we get along or because of the way she looks. It’s just something I feel – you know what I mean? It’s nothing more than just knowing you’re right.”
Shelton popped the question in a quite unconventional yet very country fashion way.
“It was early one morning back in December, and we ended up spending the day with some friends and kind of having a party all day and had a good time,” the country singer revealed. “I got in from hunting that morning, and asked her to marry me, and we went back out hunting.”
And of course, Williams was quick to say yes.
On November 17, 2003, Kaynette Williams and Blake Shelton tied the knot in a small ceremony in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Williams looked gorgeous on her Demetrios wedding gown while Shelton was dashing in his Wranglers, boots, and cowboy hat. Of course, the night did not end without Shelton serenading his bride, and he chose Conway Twitty’s “Julia” for that.