Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Return to the Restaurant Where They “Fell In Love” on His 40th Birthday

Blake Lively Ryan ReynoldsActor Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively arrive at a State Dinner in honor of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House in Washington on March 10, 2016. / AFP / CHRIS KLEPONIS (Photo credit should read CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Back to the beginning! Blake Lively surprised her husband, Ryan Reynolds, with a 40th birthday party held at the restaurant where they first realized they were in love.

The Gossip Girl actress, 29, posted a photo from inside her husband’s birthday festivities at Japanese restaurant O Ya in NYC. “We fell in love at your restaurant in Boston,” Lively wrote, alongside a snapshot of herself embracing the birthday boy in a sea of balloons. “We stay in love at your restaurant in NY. Thank you for the BEST food and memories! You are our FAVORITE!! Another happy birthday with @vancityreynolds . Hey, Reynolds, I like you a wh❤️le lot. Just sayin’…😍.”

Reynolds, overwhelmed with gratitude, also shared a post from inside the special occasion. “Best. Birthday. Everrrrr,” the Deadpool actor wrote on Instagram. “Courtesy of my wife, buddy, and international spy, @blakelively. With huge thanks to my favorite restaurant in NYC,@_o_ya_ — and a special shout out to our children for not ruining everything like they planned.”

As the world collectively admired the couple late Tuesday, October 25, their famous friend Taylor Swift had a similar reaction to the posts. The 1989 superstar commented under a post and wrote, “Thanks guys. Now I’m drowning in tears of joy.”

Happy Birthday to @vancityreynolds !! Lots of love and sushi

A photo posted by o ya (@_o_ya_) on

It’s been a busy season for the pair, who welcomed their second child in September. Days after giving birth, Lively attended a close friend’s wedding in NYC, followed by a recent weekend upstate with her husband and friends.

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Esther Lee
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