Trailer Choir’s Big Vinny Ties the Knot
October has been a big month for country weddings, and the latest singer to walk down the aisle is former Trailer Choir member Big Vinny (real name Vincent Hickerson). Hickerson and hisÂ girlfriend of three years, Lori Diaz, married last Thursday (Oct. 11).
The happy couple said “I do” in aÂ romantic sunset ceremony on the 225-acre Smiley Hollow Farm in Goodlettsville, Tenn. The bride handcrafted every detail for the wedding, from the programs and flowers to the table linens andÂ rustic furniture used in the ceremony. Diaz wore an ivory lace Maggie Sottero gown with vintage high-heeled boots, whileÂ the groomÂ looked dashing in aÂ grey velvet blazer madeÂ by Calvin Klein. Diaz’s 10-year-old son, Brennon, served as the Best Man and kicked the wedding off by reading a passage about real love from the classic book, ‘The Velveteen Rabbit.’
After the ceremony, the 250 guests in attendanceÂ made their way to the reception, where they enjoyed a true southern style meal that included BBQ chickenÂ and pork, green beans, mac nâ cheese, corn bread, homemade banana pudding and Rice Krispie treats. Rather than having traditional wedding cake, the couple chose cake popâs, ranging in flavors ofÂ chocolate, peanut butter andÂ strawberry, from the Cake Crumb Bakery in Brentwood, Tenn.
âI used to wonder what true love looked like,” Hickerson tells Taste of Country following their big day. “Now I know because I am blessed to wake up beside my true love everydayâ
Hickerson is well-known for his work in the country band, but a big accolade worth noting is the time he spent on TV’s ‘The Biggest Loser,’ where he lost nearly 200 pounds. In recent months, Hickerson’s duo partner, Marc âButterâ Fortney, has bowed down from Trailer Choir to pursue personal interests — which include being a first-time father. Hickerson is continuing on with music, however,Â trying his foot as a solo artist under the name VinnyÂ Van-Zant.
HickersonÂ proposed to Diaz last year during a private date at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. The proposal was filmed and aired on ‘The Biggest Loser.’