Mr. and Mrs. Brendan Gaughan (Photo: BLR Photography)
As TGOM mentioned briefly on Sunday, NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan, 32, started a new chapter in his life this week. He and girlfriend Tatum Hayes, 31, were married Saturday at a small ceremony in Vail, Colo.
"I've been very fortunate in my life to have a group of very good friends, and I have added another best friend to that group and that's my new wife, Tatum. The funny part to me is the word marriage and the action of a wedding has always been very frightening experience to me. We definitely know that I was never the guy who was meant for marriage. I mean, everybody asked where my bachelor party was and I said 'No thanks, my life has been a bachelor party for the last 32 years.' I didn’t really think I needed one."
"I'm happy. We had a beautiful wedding and reception in Vail, near my family's house. It was an absolutely gorgeous day – couldn't have asked for anything better. I'm happy to have her and excited to put my name on the list of married drivers now. I guess I'm no longer a 'Young Gun' officially.
Gaughan's new status as a married man has been the source of a lot of jokes around the race shop and at the track, but he just takes everything in stride.
"My crew chief bought me and my lovely bride 'Marriage for Dummies' and 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Marriage.' Tatum and I had a big fight over which one should get which book. We couldn't choose who was the idiot and who was the dummy, so we share them. We each get a chapter and then we switch books."
Best of luck to them.