Former 'American Idol' Ruben Studdard tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Surata Zuri McCants in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama in front of 200 of his closest friends and family.

The media became aware of Studdard and McCants' wedding plans when the pair obtained a marriage license last Monday. The "Velvet Teddy Bear" met his bride at a 2006 CD signing event at an Atlanta Wal-Mart.

"God has given me a beautiful wife," Studdard told the Birmingham News. I am looking forward to having fun with her and enjoying all the blessings that have come my way so far." Read the full story.