Wedding bells are reportedly ringing this weekend for Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich.
Hough, the 28-year-old “Dancing With the Stars” judge, and Laich, a 34-year-old professional ice hockey player, have been dating since 2014. While the couple stays largely out of the public eye, they share adorable photos on social media documenting their romance.
After being engaged for nearly two years, the couple is ready to tie the knot.
Here’s a look at their love story.
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December 2013: Hough and Laich meet.
The two were introduced by mutual friend, actor Teddy Sears (“Masters of Sex”), while he and Hough were filming the horror film “Curve.” The exact details of how Hough and Laich met differs a bit, depending on who’s telling the story.
In a 2016 Cosmopolitan interview, Hough said Laich had joked with Sears a few years prior about a Juicy Fruit girl in a commercial that turned out to be Hough.
“He’d seen the commercial and was like, ‘Where do I meet a girl like that?’ I was the girl in the commercial! Teddy remembered that comment and texted Brooks, ‘You’re never going to guess who I’m doing a movie with,'” said Hough.
But in a February 2014 interview on 106.7 The Fan, Laich said that Sears asked Hough if she was seeing anyone. Sears was watching a Capitals game, and after Hough said she was single, Sears had an idea.
“I guess he just showed her the iPad and said, ‘Well I’ve got a guy for you,’ or something,'” Laich said.
Hough traveled to Washington D.C. with Sears in December and met Laich for the first time there.
February 2014: The couple is spotted in public together for the first time.
While Laich flew in from D.C. to visit Hough in Los Angeles, paparazzi caught the couple out in public for the first time.
February 2014: Laich asks Hough to be his girlfriend.
In a 2017 Instagram post, Laich revealed that he asked Hough to be his girlfriend on February 16, 2014:
“Three years ago today I asked this incredible woman to be my girlfriend, this is the photo we took right after I asked her! And today it’s hard to even think of what life was like before her. She is the most kind, generous and loving person I have ever met, and I am so grateful every single day to be by her side.”