Kellie Pickler Elopes!

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Kellie Pickler rang in 2011 with a big event – a surprise wedding!

The country cutie and former American Idol contender, 24, skipped the big wedding and eloped with beau Kyle Jacobs, 37, on New Year’s Day in a “small, intimate ceremony on a private island in the Caribbean,” her rep shares with People.

It’s not the first time the beach set the scene for an important moment in the couple’s life; Jacobs popped the question on a Florida shoreline in June.

Kellie’s elopement coincided with the Jan. 1 wedding of another country crooner – Shania Twain, who also tied the knot in a low-key beach ceremony in Puerto Rico. Will the casual beach wedding eclipse the over-the-top bashes stars are famous for? Sound off in the comments.