The couple that came to national prominence during the 2013 BCS National Championship Game has made it official: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron and his model fiancee Katherine Webb tied the knot at the Orange Beach United Methodist Church in Alabama on Saturday.
The pair have been dating for nearly two years, most of which has been cast into the national spotlight as McCarron competed for titles at Alabama.
Webb shot to instant fame when ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger made a few comments about her appearance during the Crimson Tide's 2013 championship win over Notre Dame, including, "You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women," "What a beautiful woman" and "If you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pop."
Musburger apologized in the immediate aftermath, and the couple have kept a sense of humor about it, even making light of the situation publicly.
While that moment jump-started Webb's career—she has since become a nationally recognized model and shot ads for television campaigns—it also made them college football's power couple. There were multiple breakup rumors and innuendo throughout the 2013 season, as McCarron and Webb were forced to consistently confirm their relationship to the public.
This weekend's nuptials end any need for affirmation.
The wedding party consisted of 10 groomsmen and 10 bridesmaids. AJ's brother, Corey, served as his best man, according to AL.com's Cassie Fambro. Webb's wedding party included her sister, Laurie, and some friends from the modeling community. Jesica Ahlberg, the 2014 Miss Alabama USA, and model Natalie Pack were among the guests.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Logan Kilgore and Alabama defensive back John Fulton were also in attendance to support McCarron. The attendees mostly consisted of friends and family, and the pair held the ceremony close to their respective homes. Webb is a graduate of Auburn University and a former Miss Alabama.
"They had two days to make as many memories as possible,"Tonia Turner, their wedding planner, told Michelle Matthews of AL.com. "This weekend is all about spending time with their families and friends."
McCarron and Webb won't be leaving the public eye anytime soon. McCarron, a fifth-round pick, is expected to compete for the backup quarterback job in Cincinnati with veteran Jason Campbell. Webb was rumored to be in talks for a reality television show, per FoxNews.com, though there has been no confirmation about a network or possible format at this time.
Even as they were preparing for their wedding, Webb and McCarron had to deal with the public's watchful eye. Fambro reported the wedding party was given an FBI detail for protection against stalkers for their rehearsal dinner.
With the nuptials out of the way and the stalkers thwarted, hopefully McCarron and Webb will get to enjoy their marriage in peace. If not—and that's a safe assumption—let's congratulate them on having someone to navigate the murky waters of fame with.