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Chely Wright Talks Marriage, Film

Photography by: Randi Radcliff

Chely Wright, who recently announced her engagement to Lauren Blitzer, says the pair's marriage on Aug. 20 in Connecticut will be an interfaith event. “I'm Christian and Lauren's Jewish, so it will be fun to bring our two families together," Chely tells after the debut of the documentary Wish Me Away at the Nashville Film Festival on April 15.

"It will be a really unique wedding. We're both wearing white wedding dresses,” Chely says in an exclusive interview. Fiancée Lauren agrees. “They are traditional wedding dresses," she says. "Hopefully we'll have daughters that will want to wear them someday, with their girlfriends—or boyfriends!”

The documentary focuses on Chely's decision to reveal her homosexuality a year ago in an autobiography after keeping it under wraps for much of her career. “I think it's a universal story about having the courage to stand up and say, 'This is who I am,'” Chely says.

The documentary chronicles Chely's rise from small-town girl to country star. The film includes commentary from notable country industry personalities, including former MCA Nashville executive Tony Brown and Rodney Crowell, who produced Chely's recent album, Lifted Off the Ground.

Shortly after announcing her homosexuality, Chely met Lauren, a gay rights advocate. “I admired her immediately," says Chely. "Aside from being drop-dead gorgeous, she's incredibly smart and funny. You hear about love at first sight and I just felt lightning bolts when we had our first real conversation. I knew within two months that I would marry her if she would have me. I was not looking for love, but then we met. She's everything I've written every love song about. I just didn't know they were about her.”

Lauren is quick to return the love. “I read her book in about a day soon after meeting her," says Lauren. "It was just unbelievable that she had done what she's done. There have been times she's struggled and times that it's been easier, but it's nice that we have each other to go through this.”

“I never thought I'd have the courage to come out, so when I watch the film, I see my courage,” Chely says of the documentary.


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