Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger are celebrating their love in France with family and friends. The rocker couple was reported tying the knot in Cannes this past weekend, but a source clarifies to Us Weekly that it was just "a wedding party" they threw to kick off the actual ceremony that will be held Monday, July 1.
The wedding rumor came to surface after celebrity marketing guru Mike Heller tweeted Saturday, "I'm in south of France about to see my little Rok (sic) star #avril get married I am so happy to be part of this special celebration." He added, "No pictures will be sent since this is #avril wedding but I will tell you everyone is so excited."
The couple started dating after he helped her co-write a song for her fifth studio album. He proposed to her in the summer of 2012 and presented her with a 14-carat diamond ring. It will be her second marriage and his first. She previously tied the knot with Sum 41's frontman Deryck Whibley. They split after three years of marriage.
Of her second wedding, the "Sk8er Boy" hitmaker once said she wanted it to be unforgettable without being too much. "We want it to be unique and special and we want it to be a very big event but at the same time it's small and it's just close friends and close family," she dished on, adding that she took charge of most of the planning.
And the Nickelback frontman was quite happy with the direction his soon-to-be bride took for their nuptials as he teased, "She's giving it a real rock 'n' roll edge. Let's just say she's taking the bull by the horns and steering the ship towards what is going to be the most unique wedding that the planet has probably ever seen."
Lavigne, 28, and Kroeger, 38, are expected to play a song they wrote together for their first dance as a married couple.