It's always a sad day when the honeymoon stage of a relationship ends and you have to come back down to earth and rejoin the real world. Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich, however, have no intention of cutting short this dreamy phase.
"Really, you can create whatever phase you want, and I think we both realize that the life that we want to live is the honeymoon phase. We want to constantly push ourselves so that we continue to grow, be attracted to each other, be spontaneous with each other, and find the little joys," Hough, 29, said. "When you first start dating, nobody's poop stinks, you know? It's a whole mindset, so just do what you did at the beginning if you don't want it to end."
Laich, 34, is totally on board with this admirable philosophy. "At the start of our relationship, Jules was like, 'I want the best effin' relationship ever.' I wanted the same thing; she just verbalized it. So that's what we do—we try and put a lot of energy in our relationship, not because it's work, but because we want to explore each other and create something better," he said. "I believe in putting energy, time, and dedication toward having the best relationship ever and not settling for anything less than that."
That dedication is definitely paying off: Hough and Laich can't stop gushing about the magic of married life together. "What's kind of cool is that we're evolving together. In the past, when you've gone through growth stages in life, we’ve been on our own. Now, we get to do it together," Hough told InStyle. "There have been a lot of things that we've probably each learned about ourselves that we didn't know before. Brooks will tell you, when we first got together, his world was all sports and not super artistic. But since he's been around me and my brother and our friends here in L.A., he's had a whole new expression of artistry. For me, I've become much more grounded. I feel like I've kind of lived up in the clouds. I have a little bit more structure in my life now, which is really amazing."
Laich, a professional hockey player, added, "Now that we're married, we're a team everywhere. It's not just her life there and my life here; it's that I represent her everywhere I go and she represents me everywhere she goes. Even though, really, we end up going to everything together."