Colton Dixon is now a married man and is getting to enjoy the “perks” of marriage that he had never experienced before.
During a recent interview with People Magazine, Dixon, a Christian singer who has released two studio albums since he placed seventh on the eleventh season of AmericanIdol, talked about his decision to remain “pure” until he married his longtime girlfriend Annie Coggeshall.
Prior to their wedding, which took place on January 8 in Nashville, Tennessee, the couple would stay in separate hotel rooms when they traveled. However, they obviously one booked one room for their honey moon in Tahiti, which they both admitted was a little “strange,” and they kept wondering why the other wasn’t going to their own room when it was time to go to bed.
“It was kind of strange: we checked into the room and realized, ‘We actually get to go to sleep side by side! This is so cool!'” Colton said. “Anywhere we’ve traveled before, we’ve always gotten two hotel rooms. We wanted to remain pure in that area.”
“There were a lot of moments of – ‘Oh, you’re not going back to your room. That means we’re married!'” the 24-year-old singer continued. “It made it really special for us.”
Colton and Annie, who met in Los Angeles in 2012, both decided when they got together that they would wait until they were married to have sex, and although Colton said it wasn’t easy, they remained pure until the day they said “I do.”
“It was not easy!” Colton said. “But I believe sex was designed for marriage and I knew it would be more meaningful to wait. That was something I grew up thinking and feeling, and I believe the Bible backs it up as well.”
“It wasn’t because someone was telling me this is what you should do,” Annie, 27, added. “Deep down in my heart it felt like it was the right thing. And we’re really glad we did. We know God’s hand is on our marriage.”
Colton, who is up for four K-LOVE Fan Awards, and Annie tied-the-knot during a fairy tale ceremony at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville on January 8. Annie wore a Vera Wang gown while Colton sported a “modern, musician’s take” on a traditional tux. The ceremony was emotional for Colton, who admitted he had to wipe away tears when he saw his bride walking down the aisle.
“She was glowing and it was unbelievable how beautiful she was,” Dixon recalled. “I absolutely lost it. Audible tears. And I’m not a good-looking crier either!”
Colton’s sister Schyler, who also auditioned for American Idol, sang “How Great Thou Art” as the couple lit a unity candle and took communion, and Colton later sang his rendition of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love” to his new wife. Fellow Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman made an appearance at the wedding, and sang “Cinderella” for Annie’s dance with her father.
“That’s something my dad and I will never forget,” Coggeshall said of Chapman’s performance.
Dixon, a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has been renovating a home that he and Annie will return to when they return from their honey moon.
“We’ve never been in the same state for more than a couple of weeks at a time, so I’m excited about that,” Colton said. “I’m really excited to start our own life together and get to know her on a whole different level.”
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