Singer Stan Walker marries in private ceremony
Singer Stan Walker has tied the knot with partner Lou Tyson in an intimate romantic ceremony in New Zealand.
The couple, who first began dating in 2013, said “I do” in a private service last month.
Given ongoing COVID restrictions both in Australia and in New Zealand - where they’re based - their plans for a big wedding were put aside in favour of a low-key ceremony with only immediate family.
Tyson’s son, who Walker affectionately refers to as “Boy”, was their pageboy, while both of their parents were in attendance, as well as a celebrant.
Walker’s siblings — he has three brothers and one sister — all live in Australia so they were unable to attend.
But they’ve posted a hauntingly-beautiful video of their wedding on YouTube for all of their friends and family who could not attend – as well as fans. They’ve said they see it as a virtual bonbonnière to share with loved ones.
Plans for a huge event were put on hold
The couple had been planning a huge event with hundreds of guests, incorporating both of their extended large ‘whanau’, or family. But they’ve said they still intend to put on a big party in the new year when travel is hopefully back on the table.
Tyson wore a traditional white dress, while Walker opted for loose-fitting silk pants and shirt.
Walker, 30, first rose to fame when he won Australian Idol in 2009. He went on to become a top recording artist – both in Australia and in New Zealand. He also embarked on some successful television and acting projects.
The couple have taken a while to get married. While Tyson has long been the love of Walker’s life, touring and recording commitments separated them in 2017 for some time and they went their separate ways. But they reunited in 2020.
While lockdown means live gigs are currently off the table, Walker has been busy working on some new music. His eighth and ninth albums will be released this month and in October.
As a backdrop to the couple’s wedding video, Walker sings his song titled: Mateamateaone.
He is a cancer survivor, who underwent treatment for stomach cancer a few years ago, and he is a passionate First Nations advocate.