How I Met Your Mother featured plenty of ever-changing relationships as Ted Mosby, Robin Scherbatsky, and (sometimes) Barney Stinson navigated the dating scene in New York. But one couple remained the same throughout most of the series: Lily Aldrin and Marshall Eriksen. These lovebirds met on their first day of college and have remained together ever since. They had their ups and downs, but they always proved their love for one another. Here are some of Lily and Marshall’s sweetest moments on How I Met Your Mother.
Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin’s tearful reunion after their breakup
At the end of season 1, Lily (Alyson Hannigan) left Marshall (Jason Segel) to pursue her artistic dreams in San Francisco. The couple called off their wedding and broke up for the summer. Lily later returned to New York and wanted to get back together, but Marshall said he wasn’t sure he could trust her.
Marshall began seeing another woman, which caused Lily to get so jealous that she stalked the woman down the street and hid in Marshall’s apartment during their date in season 2 episode 7, “Swarley.” Lily ran out in tears when Marshall caught her, and the two had a heartfelt conversation outside. Marshall told Lily that she was “crazy” and he missed her, resulting in a passionate kiss. In that moment, Marshall realized Lily was the only woman he wanted.
Marshall and Lily’s wedding after a chaotic day
Marshall and Lily’s wedding in season 2 episode 21, “Something Borrowed,” didn’t go quite as planned. Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong — their harpist went into labor, Lily’s ex-boyfriend crashed the event, and Marshall shaved his head in a panic.
Still, even though their special day didn’t turn out how they wanted, Lily and Marshall managed to gather their friends outside by a tree for an intimate ceremony. In a sweet moment that brought tears to even Barney’s (Neil Patrick Harris) eyes, Lily and Marshall shared everything they loved most about each other. Even though their wedding day was a bit chaotic, all they needed was each other to make it one of their best days ever.
When Marshall didn’t let their traditions die
More than a decade into their relationship, Marshall and Lily still kept up with their traditions. They would tell each other what they ate for lunch, bring craft beer back from a trip, watch Predator together on Valentine’s Day, and more.
However, in season 4 episode 13, “Three Days of Snow,” a major snowstorm caused Lily’s and Marshall’s wires to cross. Neither of them knew if the other would still hold on to their traditions. Still, Marshall showed up at the airport to pick Lily up with an entire orchestra. He told Lily what he ate for lunch that day and reminded her how much he loved her. No matter how long they’d be together, Marshall would never let their traditions die.
Marshall’s reaction to Lily’s second pregnancy
Toward the end of the series, Lily and Marshall had one of their biggest fights of all time. Marshall had accepted a judgeship behind Lily’s back, which would alter their plans to move to Italy for Lily’s art collecting job. The two had said some awful things to each other. However, none of it mattered when Lily told Marshall her big news.
In season 9 episode 20, “Daisy,” Marshall and the gang tried to figure out where Lily went after their argument. They ended up at The Captain’s (Kyle MacLachlan) house, where Lily secretly took a pregnancy test. When Marshall confronted Lily, she said they couldn’t go to Italy. However, Marshall insisted that they needed to.
“Of course we are. Lily, we have to do this. You’re going to live in Rome, and you’re going to get your dream because you’re giving me mine, again,” he said.
When Marshall and Lily redid their vows in hilarious ways
Lily and Marshall’s first wedding vows pulled at the heartstrings, but their second vows were even sweeter. In season 9 episode 22, “The End of the Aisle,” the couple decided to update their vows because they had broken many of them.
This time, they shared much more realistic vows, like Marshall promising not to shout at Lily when she’s going to the bathroom. Marshall and Lily also promised to update their vows again and not worry so much about keeping all of them because they knew their relationship wasn’t perfect. But their love was real, and that’s all that mattered.
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