How Long Have Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Been Married?

Blake Lively and her husband, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, look so natural together, one easily gets the impression that they’ve been a couple for a very long time. In fact, the two uber talented actors met for the first time nearly a decade ago, but they didn’t pair up until more recently.

How and when they met

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds pose
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds pose | Blake Lively via Instagram

Roll back to their first meeting on the set of Green Lantern. The year was 2010, and Lively was involved with her Gossip Girl co-star, Penn Badgley. Reynolds was married to Scarlett Johansson, so although Blake and Ryan liked working together, they didn’t start anything romantic. In fact, after they broke it off with their respective partners, they considered fixing each other up with suitable dates.

“We were such good friends for so long and we both got to know each other as friends so when we were both single, we were still trying to find each other’s perfect date. ‘Oh, who would be good for you?’ And it didn’t click for, I mean, a good year and a half.”

In a 2016 sit-down talk with GQ magazine, Reynolds explained that Deadpool took more than 11 years to make. His romance with Lively, however, blossomed during their first date.

“We were hanging out at this little restaurant in Tribeca that’s open really late, and this song came on and I was just like, ‘Want to dance?’ No one was in there, so it was just totally empty. And it was just one of those moments where halfway through the dance, it was like, ‘Oh, I think I just crossed a line.’ And then I walked her home. And, uh, you know, I don’t really need to go into what happened after that.”

By the summer of 2011, however, romance rumors started swirling and the rest is, as they say, Hollywood history.

In October of that year, E! Online reported seeing Lively on the set of R.I.P.D. where she hand-delivered a bunch of birthday balloons to Reynolds. By the time the film, which also starred Jeff Bridges, was released in theaters, Reynolds and Lively were a full-tilt couple. They spent the holidays together at his Vancouver family home which surely deepened their commitment.

By October 2011 Lively was sneaking up to Reynold’s R.I.P.D. set in Boston, bringing along her maltipoo Penny and a handful of balloons as a birthday surprise. Soon, she was a regular in his Vancouver hometown, spending the holidays at home with his family.

It wasn’t a huge surprise when the couple announced that they’d married one another less than one year later

Lively and Reynolds say they prefer to keep a low profile, and they didn’t let a lot of people in on the secret wedding. They did, however, contact lifestyle guru Martha Stewart to help pull the whole thing together. After the wedding, Lively told Vogue magazine:

“Our wedding was becoming a disaster, and we didn’t know what to do, so we called Martha!”

Lively and Reynolds were joined in holy -and hilarious- matrimony in September 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. Interestingly, Lively was fitted for her Gossip Girl character’s wedding dress just one day after getting married to Ryan Reynolds in real life.

Today, Reynolds and Lively share parenting joys at their upstate New York home about 90 minutes north of Manhattan. They are parents to two daughters, James and Ines.

The strategy of being good friends before marriage seems to be working well for Blake and Ryan. As Lively told Marie Claire,

“That was the biggest thing to me. I’d never known anything like the friendship that I had with him. I could like him as much as I loved him.”