Hollywood power couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are celebrating five years of marriage on October 17, and while that time since 2013 has been blissful at moments—the two are parents to two beautiful young girls—both have openly admitted that their relationship requires work and unwavering devotion.
Here, The Knot rounds up the couple’s sweetest quotes about their love story and journey on their wedding anniversary.
The couple exchanged vows in head-to-toe black outfits in a spur-of-the-moment $142 courthouse wedding.
“We got married in a tiny room in the Beverly Hills courthouse, and it was still one of the best days of my life,” she said in an interview with CBS News. Since then, the two of slowly unveiled private, behind-the-scenes photos and videos from their wedding day.
On Valentine’s Day 2018, Bell took to social media to share advice with a stranger who requested marital tips ahead of his wedding day. The Veronica Mars star replied by posting an extended note on her account page, writing: “Life is a crazy ride. It’s a privilege to go through it with a partner.” Read her tips below:
I was writing a note 2 friends who were getting hitched. I wrote congratulations then thought “Kristen! Arent u old & married? Dont u have any wisdome to share?!” When i was done, I realized Id written the A-Z of what keeps my marriage w/@daxshepard1 healthy. #HappyValentinesDay pic.twitter.com/d0ew7hydUL
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) February 14, 2018
“If I had to sum it up in one word, it’s work,” Shepard said of his marriage to the Today show co-hosts in December 2017. “Not unlike your body, which won’t just stay in shape on its own volition, you really have to be maintaining the relationship, and it is work. And it’s often uncomfortable work, but it needs doing or we won’t stay together.”
“I think that we’ve all consumed a lot of fairytales and romantic comedies and sitcoms,” he mused. “In that architecture, it seems that your main job is just to select the right person, and I don’t really think that’s the main job. I think that’s maybe the least important aspect of it, truly. I think it’s far more about the work that goes into it to make it good.”
“The first year, you are working out your kinks. I loved it,” Bell said on the Harry Connick Jr. Show in 2017. “We’d get in a fight, because we would fight a lot, and I’d, like, yell something then slam the bedroom door. Then I’d slam the front door, then I’d get in my car, and then I’d skid out the driveway and I would sit around the corner in my car and it felt so good.”
“I realized how incredibly toxic it was only after he pointed it out,” Bell noted. “Three months into our relationship he was like, ‘You can’t leave anymore during fights. I’m not going to do that.’ I was like, ‘What?’ He’s like, ‘You can’t do that, I’m not going to have a relationship… He has a very high standard and a strong code of ethics. He was like, ‘No, I have more respect for myself, I love you but I’m not going to do that my whole life.’”
On Their Devotion to Each Other
“When setting aside the love we had for each other, I recognized he made a decision to choose me,” Bell previously said in a 2016 interview with Glamour. “I recognized he made a decision to stay in this relationship. Because actually, at our hardest times, at the times we were screaming at each other, I recognized he was the one because he wasn’t leaving.”
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