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Famed clothing creator Manuel shines more than ever

Manuel and Maria Marry in Metro :)
Manuel and Maria Marry in Metro :)
submitted photo from press materials

Longtime Nashville resident Manuel always has a new surprise up his sleeve, and this time it fits like a glove.

Completely unbeknownst to even his friends and family, famed fashion designer Manuel Cuevas - a man who presumably spends a lot of time with string - has made a sudden tie of the knot with his bride, Maria Salinas Del Carmen.

Manuel and Maria had just gotten engaged on Tuesday, so the spur of the moment wedding on Thursday came as quite a shock to everyone. But when you’re in love, the stifling convention of time is meaningless.

According to a press release, Manuel and Maria were married at the Davidson County Courthouse – of course not first without a last minute announcement that Manuel Couture would be opening at 11:30 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. that day. It truly was a shotgun wedding. As can be seen in the wedding pictures posted on Twitter and Facebook, Manuel would have been hard-pressed to hold back his characteristic grin. Their happiness and love for each other radiate from their faces.

In true musical form (albeit indirectly) after the wedding, Manuel managed to make mention of a song. When he took to Twitter and Facebook, he exclaimed, “My Maria! Doesn’t she look beautiful?!”

Maria Salinas Del Carmen was born and raised in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She moved to Nashville in February 1998.

For those who don’t know of Manuel, the “Rhinestone Rembrandt” is a famous fashion designer for the stars. But he much prefers to be known as a costumer and as an artist. He’s dressed countless celebrities, including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Elvis, Conan O'Brien, “Little” Jimmy Dickens, members of The Mavericks, Glen Campbell, Dwight Yoakam, Jim Lauderdale, Dave Grohl, Ashley Monroe, Jennifer Nettles, Marty Stuart, and so many more. Beyond music stars, he’s also dressed presidents, athletes, dancers, artists, and movie stars, including nearly 100 movies and tens of television shows. Loretta Lynn recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in custom Manuel couture. He's had the honor or dressing all three Hank Williams. He's appeared as himself in ABC's hit TV show Nashville and dressed some of its world's stars. (And, he even once complimented a jacket worn by yours truly. No pressure). Members of Old Crow Medicine Show wore his clothing for their recent Opry induction. He even custom-costumed a jacket to represent the state of Tennessee for Governor Bill Haslam.

Manuel’s iconic fashion has become a true trademark of American style. His showroom, Manuel Couture, is located at 800 Broadway (where it recently relocated after 25 years at 1922 Broadway) and is open to everyone – you don’t have to be a celebrity to dress like one.

His creations are also displayed in museums nationwide, including pieces in the Smithsonian and Nashville’s own Country Music Hall of Fame.

For more details on Manuel, his wedding, and his showroom, like him on Facebook and/or follow him on Twitter @ManuelCouture. The retail location is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and by appointment on Sundays.

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