It involves a lot of love and even more jokes.

By Christopher Luu
Updated Mar 24, 2020 @ 2:45 pm
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While it may feel like golden couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have been together forever, their story doesn't actually go back to Gossip Girl and Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place.

Pre-online jokes and all the cute babies, the couple met on the set of Green Lantern (talk about a throwback) and the rest is the stuff of fairy-tale history (if you throw in a helping of sarcasm, Photoshop fails, and good-natured ribbing, that is).

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July 2010

They're not officially together, but they're at ComicCon promoting Green Lantern. At this point, things are strictly professional, since Reynolds is still married to Scarlett Johansson and Lively is dating Penn Badgley, her Gossip Girl costar.

September2010

Lively and Badgley call it quits. "They're still good friends and hang out on the set," a source told Us Weekly after the breakup.

December 2010

Reynolds and Johansson file for divorce.

October 2011

Lively is spotted leaving Reynold's apartment in Boston. Rumors that they are together officially start.

December 2011

Anyone familiar with the Reynolds classic The Proposal will recognize this: Lively and Reynolds were seen in Vancouver holding hands. She was there to meet the family.

September 2012

Surprise! Lively and Reynolds get married in a secret ceremony at Boone Hall Plantation in South Carolina, a detail that they are later criticized about for years to come. People reported that Florence Welch performed at the reception and that Lively wore a Marchesa gown.

"When Ryan first saw her, his face broke into a huge smile that crinkled his eyes," a source told People. "They just stared at each other with absolute love. Their faces were lit up with the candlelight, and it looked like something out of a romance movie."

September 2013

Lively opens up about married life in an interview with Lucky.

"I'm very lucky to be with someone who has better taste than me. We influence each other in different ways," she said. "With film and TV, you don't see the results for months. Building a home, you get immediate gratification."

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds looked like a picturesque couple as they walked the Met Gala red carpet in New York City. Both Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds worked custom Gucci.
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May 2014

Things get Met Gala-official when Lively and Reynolds attend the event as a married couple for the very first time.

August 2014

Things are still great, according to an interview with Vogue. "Everything we do in life, we do together," she said. "I get to share my life with the person he’s become, and we get to grow from there."

September 2014

Lively talks about the possibility of having children for the first time.

"He's my best, best friend. What do you do with your best friend? You do nothing. If I could spit out a litter of kids, I would," she told Marie Claire. A month later, she makes an official announcement about her pregnancy on her now-defunct website, Preserve.

January 2015

Baby No. 1 arrives, but nobody is quite sure about it. In what will set a precedent for the couple, few details surface after the baby's birth, including her name.

March 2015

It wasn't until March that Reynolds revealed her name. "It's James. Everyone knows," he told the Today show. "I didn't want to be the first guy screaming it out to the media, because as we know, little girls turn into teenage girls and little teenage girls sometimes scan through the archives and go, 'Why did you do that?'"

May 2015

In May, Reynolds shared the very first photo of James. It's her hand.

March 2016

Another major milestone occurs when the two attend the White House state dinner together.

April 2016

Rumors about baby No. 2 start to surface after photos of Lively in a wetsuit make the rounds. She's filming The Shallows.

July 2016

Lively and Reynolds hang out with Taylor Swift and her then-beau Tom Hiddleston.

September 2016

Baby Inez arrives. Again, there's no formal announcement.

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December 2016

While the couple is notoriously secretive with their children, both Inez and James are present for Reynolds's Hollywood Walk of Fame star reveal.

"Proud is a pitiful word to describe how I felt today," Lively wrote on Instagram. "@vancityreynolds The permanence of your impact is undeniable ... Always has been, but now we have a fancy [star] to show for it."

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May 2017

The couple attends the Met Gala again.

October 2017

Lively gave fans a little insight into her family life:

"My husband and I don't work at the same time, so we all go together as a family," she told People. "If we’re away as a family, it's never more than for a day. We stay together."

January 2018

The online trolling starts, with the couple trading quips and barbs on each others' Twitter and Instagram posts. It ranges from glue-as-cake-icing pranks to Photoshop masterpieces.

March 2018

Rumors of divorce start to swirl, but Reynolds shuts them down with his trademark brand of humor.

July 2018

Taylor Swift surprises the couple with a very special bit of news. The song "Gorgeous" features James's voice. They find out at a Taylor Swift concert and, of course, they can't contain their excitement.

May 2019

Lively and Reynolds announce that they're expecting a third child at the premiere of Detective Pikachu.

October 2019

The couple's third child arrives, though sources report that Lively actually gave birth two months prior.