Carrie Underwood: From Idol to Country Bride!

As Nashville's golden girl weds, look back at her amazing five-year journey to stardom and happiness

  • BIG BREAK photo | Carrie Underwood

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Updated: Friday Jul 09, 2010 | 06:30 PM EDT By: Kate Hogan and Katie Kauss

BIG BREAK

The plucky Checotah, Okla., farm girl, then 21, first wows the judges during the season 4 auditions for American Idol – then takes the crown May 25, 2005. "There were just so many emotions going through me," Underwood gushes after winning. "It was just an amazing feeling."