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


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."