Posted: 6:05 am Friday, March 31st, 2017
This is a big year for Dan Smyers, of Dan + Shay. Him and his band mate, Shay Mooney, are on tour and BOTH planning a wedding! Dan gave PEOPLE an exclusive interview (shared below) and shared some engagement photos. “Trying to juggle [the tour] and wedding planning is a handful but it’s going to be a good year for us,” Smyers, 29, tells PEOPLE.
One step closer to tying the knot, PEOPLE has the first look at their adorably romantic engagement photos (posted above and below). “It was really representative of us honestly—laid-back and low key,” Law says of the shoot. “We got an Airbnb here in Nashville that was super light, airy and beautiful.” She continues: “It was with our photographer that will also be shooting our wedding, so it was a really great trial run for us. She captured us so well.” And, of course, just like everyone does, the engagement photos wouldn’t be complete without the couple’s four-legged family, Chief and Joy.
“There are some shots of our dogs because they’re such an important part of our life — we had to include them,” says Law. The best part is that they have created a special job for their pups on the big day- members of the wedding party. “They are the most important bridesmaid and groomsman,” jokes Smyers, as Law shares, “I’ve ordered a tux and a dress for them — so they will be dressed up!”
Rescue dogs are a big part of the couple’s life, and they recently added foster dog Ghost to the family. The two often volunteer and foster dogs through Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue in Tennessee. And they love these dogs so much that they have even gone above and beyond and asked the wedding guests to help out also. “We’ve included a fundraiser for Proverbs in our registry,” explains Law. “We’ve built a life together over the past few years and didn’t really need a lot of stuff, so we included it if someone wants to donate.”
“The wedding is going to be very representative of the both of us,” says Smyers. “We’re both vegetarians so there’s going to be a lot of vegetarian and vegan food options, our dogs are going to be in the wedding so it’s going to be very us and laid-back.”
Smyers says the ceremony will take place in Nashville, their “favorite place in the world.”
“It’ll be awesome to have all of our friends and family together in Nashville — a lot of them have never been here. We built our love story in Nashville and it’ll be cool to get everybody there to see where it all began for us,” he says.
Between rescuing dogs, buying a house and living together, Smyers says that the wedding will be “a cool celebration” of their union.
“I think we’ve acted like [husband and wife] for the past few years so it’ll be nice to make it official,” he says. “Everybody’s story is different, everybody’s timeline is different but by the time we got engaged, we were so familiar with each other that there wasn’t anything foreign or scary.”
Law shares the same sentiment: “We’re very much looking forward to being husband and wife because our life has been really wonderful together.”