Martina McBride Serenades Widow & Widower Wed Onstage


A widow and widower who met at a grief support group in New Jersey were married onstage at last night’s Academy of Country Music Awards while serenaded by Martina McBride.

Martina selected the couple, after reading their account of loss and love. “When I read their story, I felt an emotional connection,” she told PEOPLE magazine. “They have been through so much and I just thought about what an honor it would be to share this moment with them.”

The moment arrived after excruciating heartbreak. Christina Davidson was 29 and seven weeks pregnant with her second when her husband, Paul, tied in a drowning accident. Frank Tucci had a son of his own and didn’t know how to move on from the death of his wife, who had lost her battle with thyroid cancer. He began attending a support group in Washington Township, N.J., where he met and befriended Christina.

“We were able to support each other through our grief,” Christina told ACM. “We easily shared our views about the challenges of single parenthood and about our struggles to keep the memories of our spouses alive. We realized we shared the same goals, the same outlooks on life.”

The proposal came with help from their three combined sons, who donned T-shirts along with Frank that spelled out “Will you marry me?”

Christina’s firstborn pulled out the ringing and she squealed “Yes!”

“Most certainly, we — and our children — are blessed,” Christina said.

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  1. Jim-760150 April 4, 2012 Reply

    U have to admit…. its absolutely `SMUSHY`!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Deanna-558852 April 4, 2012 Reply

    I don’t see any where in the story that the couple was or is Catholic so therefore, no Catholic wedding. I believe the story is more about finding a supportive community like the one offered here in CM.

  3. Jim-397948 April 3, 2012 Reply

    Love finds Love….Amen!!!!

  4. Liza-234534 April 3, 2012 Reply

    Loved the story and they seem like such a nice couple and family. Wish they would have had a Catholic Mass for the wedding vs. onstage at CMA. 🙂

    • Sherrill-anne-13557 April 4, 2012 Reply

      Glad to hear that they found each other.I would prefer a Catholic wedding in a church though.

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