Josh Abbott — frontman and namesake of the Josh Abbott Band — married his love Taylor Parnell at the Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas, Sunday (July 8). The pair made their union even sweeter with the inclusion of their 14-month-old daughter, Emery Farryn, who played the part of flower girl and made it into a memorable shot of her newly-married parents walking down the aisle as man and wife.
“She is a huge part of our life, so it was only fitting to have her about on the big day,” Abbott tells People of his daughter’s role. Abbott selected his bandmates Austin Davis and Preston Wait as groomsmen, as well as his brother, Chance, who did double-duty by officiating the ceremony.
The groom tells People why he and Parnell chose the month of July for their wedding. “I proposed last July. We fell in love in Cabo two years ago in July. Both of our birthdays are in July. So we saw this as an amazing opportunity to have our anniversary in the same month,” he notes.
As for the location of the wedding — aside from the fact that the groom’s band is a powerhouse on the Texas music scene as a whole — the bride is a born-and-bred Austin girl, with roots in the city.
“Her grandparents are influential in her life and we didn’t want to make them travel for a destination wedding,” Abbott clarifies.
The couple will revisit the scene of their love story for their honeymoon, as they’ll be traveling to Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas to enjoy some time together. But even still, their family bonds are strong: “We didn’t want to be a day away from getting home in case something happens with our daughter while we’re gone,” Abbott notes.
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