In this day and age, it seems like we, unfortunately, hear about more celebrity breakups than marriage or engagement announcements. Whether it’s due to the paparazzi's influence or busy schedules, some of our favorite celebrity marriages have come to unforeseen ends (still not over Anna Faris and Chris Pratt). That’s why, on the other end of the love spectrum, it’s all the more exciting and noteworthy when celebrity couples get to enjoy happy, long-lasting marriages.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr
This duo satisfied everyone's '90s dreams when they tied the knot at a beach ceremony in Mexico in 2002. They met in 1997 on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer, and have enjoyed a successful marriage (mainly due to having separate bathrooms) that Freddie Prinze Jr. eloquently described as "cool and groovy."
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith's life got flipped, turned upside down (but in a good way) when he married his sweetheart in a super secretive ceremony on December 31st, 1997. These lovebirds first crossed paths when Jada auditioned for Will's girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Despite not landing the part, she landed the prince himself IRL. The singing/acting duo's two children, Jaden and Willow, have since followed in their parent's talented footsteps (maybe that's why they gave their children names so similar to theirs). Basically, the Smiths are all around family goals.
Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman
In an essay for Harper's Bazaar, Berman described Zoe as "the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen" in 1991 after encountering her for the first time, back when the duo worked in the restaurant industry. Look how far they've come since! Many years later, the ultra-stylish couple has two equally fashion-forward young sons, Skyler and Kai.
David and Victoria Beckham
Posh Spice married her soccer superstar of a husband on July 4, 1999 (complete with matching purple outfit changes at their reception—a must-see). The British powerhouses met in the Manchester United players' lounge, and Victoria described it as "love at first sight." Just like their looks, the couple's strong marriage also seems to get better with age.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
It's The Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi Show. This beloved couple met at VH1's Big in '04 Awards, and the rest was history. DeGeneres and de Rossi wed in L.A. in 2008, and they commemorated their 10th anniversary by renewing their vows in Australia.
Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham
Landing at the top of Oprah's famous "Favorite Things" list would most likely be her partner of over 30 years, author and businessman Stedman Graham. While Graham actually did propose to the TV show host once years ago, one of Oprah's books got in the way, and the duo remains perfectly content with their relationship as is.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Despite playing quite the flirt on How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris quit playing the field IRL when he met Burtka. The dapper duo dated for about 10 years before saying I do in Italy in 2014 with their two children, Harper and Gideon. The actors were surprisingly engaged for a whopping eight years but never made this info public until same-sex marriage became legal in New York in 2011.
Michelle and Barack Obama
The former POTUS and First Lady have been supporting each other for over a quarter of a century. The Obamas went on their first date in 1989, when Michelle says Barack picked the independent film Do the Right Thing to show "his sophisticated side," according to MTV. The Obamas tied the knot on October 3, 1992, recently celebrating their 25th anniversary and inspiring all our relationship goals.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen
This power couple has it all—the looks, the love, and a marriage so nice they celebrated it twice. That's right: After only a month-long engagement (no time to waste), the football star and his supermodel love first got married in a private ceremony on February 26, 2009. Then, they commemorated their vows a month and a half later with a destination wedding in Costa Rica. Since their first meeting in 2006, this genetically-blessed pair has had two children and plenty of cute moments.
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone
Everyone's minds were blown when they discovered that these hilarious Bridesmaids scene partners also happened to be a real-life couple. The comedians met back in 1998 during a comedy writing class in L.A. and wed in October 2005. Appropriately enough, the duo confessed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that their marriage success involves lots of laughs.
Patrick and Jillian Dempsey
Despite almost calling it quits on their marriage, the Dempseys are back and better than ever. The duo called off their divorce in 2015 and, by the looks of Jillian's sweet anniversary note, it seems like Dr. McDreamy and his wife are thriving.
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
This acting pair met on the set of Lemon Sky, a TV movie, and tied the knot on September 4, 1988. Sedgwick admitted to Redbook that she wasn't very attracted to Bacon initially, but he seems to have grown on her pretty well. Bacon shared a few sweet throwbacks on Instagram to commemorate their 29th anniversary, along with a screenshot of a mundane text conversation between the two of them about running to the grocery store. Celeb couples are just like us, after all!
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
The Forrest Gump star found his real-life Jenn-ay, and their marriage is still as cute as can be after their 1988 nuptials. Wilson even dedicated her "Even More Mine" music video to her hubby, which she produced for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and includes photos of Hanks and Wilson from their wedding. BRB, crying tears of love and happiness for these two.
Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas
A 25-year age difference has nothing on these sweethearts, who have celebrated more than 15 wedding anniversaries. Douglas popped the question quite romantically on the Rocky Mountains on New Year's Eve in 1999. The couple revisited their sentimental proposal spot with their two children last year, who happened to be grossed out by their parent's adorable proposal story. Don't worry—we still find it completely charming. As if they couldn't get any cuter, they also share a birthday.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
Jackman talked about meeting his wife for the first time on the set of Correlli, an Australian TV show, during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "She was the star I had this major crush on her," he gushed. After a confrontation at a dinner party, the pair revealed their mutual crushes on each other, and now here they are. Many years of happy marriage later, they've had two kids together and are still going strong.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Even though she regrets wearing a black dress on her wedding day, Sarah Jessica Parker's wedding attire seems to have had only positive effects on her happy 20-plus-years marriage to Ferris Bueller star Matthew Broderick. This lucky duo will soon share their May 19 wedding anniversary with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Bey and Jay initially kindled their famous romance back in 2000, when Beyoncé was just 19. The dynamic duo wed secretly on April 4, 2008. Despite Jay-Z's alleged affair (we're still reeling over someone cheating on Beyoncé), the couple's love is still booming. The 4:44 rapper opened up in an accompanying mini-documentary about picking up the pieces of their relationship. "Nothing is harder than this. By far," he admitted regarding starting over with Queen B. "I’m telling you, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done." Looks like nothing can come between the Carter-Knowles dynasty.
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
After Streep's boyfriend, actor John Cazale, passed away in 1978, she found love again in a hopeless place immediately after. In fact, according to People, just six months later, she married sculptor Don Gummer that same year (mamma mia!), but she's never looked back.
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy
The Shameless star has had much better marriage success off-screen. According to Huffman's 20th anniversary Twitter shoutout, "You took me home in '85," she said of Macy. "Married me in '97. You give me a thrill every time you walk through the door. TY for marrying me 20yrs ago today." Here's to many more adorable anniversaries (and corresponding aww-worthy tweets).
Harry Connick Jr. and Jill Goodacre
The singer/actor married his ex-Victoria Secret's model sweetheart in April 1994 and has since taken their "in sickness and in health vows" to heart. Goodacre was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, and her former American Idol judge hubby stayed by her side throughout the 5-year battle. "All I wanted to do was grow old with you and have as many years as possible as I could with you," he told Goodacre in a People interview. On top of being the world's cutest husband, Harry Connick Jr. also earns Most Valuable Dad status for constantly reminding the couple's three daughters how beautiful and smart they are. Parents, take note.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall
When this Veep star isn't busy helping run the country on-screen, you can probably find Louis-Dreyfus IRL with her husband of 30-plus years, Brad Hall. The couple originally met in the 1980s at Northwestern University, and then tied the knot a few years later. The former Seinfeld actress took to Instagram on their 30th wedding anniversary to post a throwback from their wedding day. In true '80s style, the beautiful bride wore a puffy-sleeved ball gown. "So far so good," she captioned the photo. Looks pretty good to us, as well.
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
These college sweethearts have a remarkable and long-lasting love story. Banks met her future husband on her very first day at the University of Pennsylvania, and he popped the question 10 years later. Their July 5, 2003 wedding featured a chuppah made out of the couple's college T-shirts, and the pair read old love letters for their vows, according to InStyle. With a wedding that darling, it's no surprise this marriage has stood the tests of Hollywood time.
Steve and Nancy Carell
The Carells tied the knot in 1995, and have been cracking each other up ever since, which they attribute to their marriage success. "She makes me laugh more than anybody," the former The Office actor told Entertainment Tonight. The humorous pair first met at Second City in Chicago but didn't officially get together until they both worked on The Daily Show.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel
At 70-years-old, Goldie Hawn is blessed with age-defying genes and a successful 34-year relationship with actor Kurt Russell. Although the two never tied the knot (maybe one day?), Hawn credits their success to communication. She confessed to People that, "you have to want to stay together, and really want to. Therefore you work to be together." Seems like they're doing a stellar job at that.
Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo
The silver screen couple got engaged in 2008 but didn't walk down the aisle until 2015. The duo originally planned to elope in Vegas, but a few too many pre-wedding cocktails interfered with their plans. Understandable. Over the course of their 15-year love story, the duo has welcomed a daughter, 6-year-old Aviana.