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Dolly Parton and Carl Dean Renew Wedding Vows for 50th Wedding Anniversary

by Elisa Osegueda 3:53 PM PDT, June 08, 2016
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Country legend Dolly Parton and her husband, Carl Dean, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last week by renewing their vows during a private but glamorous ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.

"If I had it to do all over, I'd do it all over again, and we did," said Parton in a statement. "I'm dragging him kicking and screaming into the next 50 years. Wish us luck."

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According to Dolly's official website, the couple met outside the Wishy Washy Laundromat in Nashville on the first day she moved to the famous music city.

"My first thought was 'I'm gonna marry that girl,'" said Dean of his first encounter with Dolly. "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."

After two years of dating, the twosome tied the knot on May 30, 1966. The private ceremony was attended by only the preacher, who performed the ceremony, and his wife.

Parton's off-white wedding dress for the Nashville ceremony was designed by longtime friend and business partner Steve Summers. The gown will be on display at Dolly's Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood beginning on July 1.

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The singer recently kicked off the Pure & Simple Tour, her largest North American tour in more than 25 years. The set list includes over a dozen hit songs, along with a few new songs from her forthcoming album, Pure & Simple, set for release this summer.

Watch the video below to hear Parton talk more about her life off-stage.

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