Happy anniversary to one of Hollywood’s favorite couples. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi reached the relationship milestone of 10 years of marriage on August 16, and the spouses of a decade both took to Instagram on Thursday to share memories from their wedding—specifically, a few remarks delivered by their officiant Wayne Dyer.
“Ten years ago, Wayne Dyer officiated our wedding ceremony,” DeGeneres noted on Instagram. “These words were life-changing to us then, and they mean just as much now.”
At the time, Dyer addressed the couple and their guests assembled within the comfort of DeGeneres and Rossi’s home in Los Angeles. “My dear Portia and Ellen… Today we have taken a giant step froward toward the ideal that all of us, with no exceptions, are not only created equal, but we each have the unalienable right to pursue our own happiness,” he expressed at the time. “I have often said that true nobility is not about being better than anyone else, it is about being better than you used to be. With your exchange of vows today, you symbolize for many who have gone before you, who were forced to live their lives in quiet desperation, lurking in the shadows, that we as a people, are truly becoming better than we used to be.”
De Rossi added, “10 years ago today, Ellen and I were married. We wanted to share Wayne Dyer’s poignant and special words with you to remind us all how far we’ve come—that we are living in a country that supports #marriageequality.”
Only nineteen guests witnessed DeGeneres and de Rossi’s nuptials in 2008. At the time, both wore pieces by Zac Posen with the talk show host in a pantsuit combo and the actress in a dress. Neil Lane designed bands for the pair.
The couple were connected socially, but it wasn’t until a 2004 photo shoot that de Rossi felt the attraction. “I instantly adored her,” de Rossi previously told CBS Sunday Morning.
“I just walked over to say hello to her, and I couldn’t believe it, but she turned around and it was like an arrow was shot through my heart,” she also told Oprah Winfrey in 2009. “I felt weak at the knees and I was overwhelmed with how I felt, but then it took me about 10 months to get the courage up to actually do anything about it.”
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