May 23, 2013, is the day most of America fell in love with Chip and Joanna Gaines when their first episode of "Fixer Upper" aired. However, about ten years earlier, that's when Chip and Joanna fell in love with each other.
We are so glad they did, or we wouldn't know what to do with ourselves Tuesday nights. Now the dynamic duo is expecting their fifth child, and the couple just revealed the gender.
Not many people know, but Chip proposed to Joanna in a shopping center. Originally, Chip told Joanna that they were heading to a concert that was four hours away. Instead, he brought her to a jewelry store in Archer City, Texas.
"At first, I couldn't believe how kind Chip was," Joanna said. "He had kind eyes, and made me laugh a lot. I knew he was the one because I knew I could trust him."
He got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. She said yes, obviously, and they began designing her gorgeous ring.
"I was able to pick out a nice round diamond and a beautiful, antique-looking platinum setting. I had a blast sitting there with Billy, designing the perfect ring. Chip just sat there, patiently observing every second of it."
Years later, Chip offered Joanna to switch out her diamond for a bigger one. She declined and said, "To me, my ring is part of our story."
Then the big day came: May 31, 2003. The couple got married in the Earle Harrison House in Waco, Texas. The E.H. House is a 5,000 square foot "historic mansion that looks an awful lot" like where they had their first date. The ceilings reached 14 feet high with large rooms and walkthrough windows.
The E.H. house was built in 1858 and has since been restored prior to their wedding day. It is the oldest building in Waco. The estate originally belonged to Dr. Baylis Wood Earle and his wife, Eliza Harrison Earle.
Joanna walked down the aisle with a large bouquet of red rose in a stunning, strapless gown with ruching at the waist. Instead of a veil, Joanna decided she liked the crown look with a low bun. She also wore simple diamond earrings, and a necklace, which is totally Joanna.
After their wedding, the couple honeymooned in New York. Chip and Joanna stayed at Drake Hotel located at Park Avenue and 56th Street, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
The hotel was built in 1926, then sold to developer Harry Macklowe for $440 million in 2006. It was demolished in 2007. Drake Hotel was how they came up with their first son's name.
Soon after they got married, Joanna joined Chip in his flipping homes ventures. They started their first renovation together which was their newlywed home. It was 800 square feet, and they were "forced to be creative."
The couple was barely scraping by and only had money from Chip's pocket. But she soon found her passion for design and home decor.
"I remember crying when Chip said we were moving in- it was dumpy, and it smelled bad," Joanna recalled. "We fixed it up and fell in love with it."
And here they are today. With four beautiful children and one on the way, with thriving businesses, several published books, new partnerships, and millions of fans, we think they are doing just fine.
Do you love Chip and Joanna just as much as we do? In related news, Chip and Joanna just purchased a gorgeous 113-year-old home. Check out the details and pictures here!