Brian Kelley and Brittney Marie Cole were dating other people when they first met.
“She definitely caught my eye [back then],” the Florida Georgia Line star once admitted to People. “Brittney’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. I always knew in my heart that if I were single, then I wanted a chance with her. She was my dream girl.”
His dream came true three years later when they both wound up single at the same time. They re-connected and immediately knew they were meant to be together.
“The first day we hung out, we just knew that it was something real,” Kelley shared. “I’d never wanted to make someone my wife before. I always want her by my side.”
Seven months later, without any official proposal or ring exchange, the couple wed. Surrounded by 40 guests, including Kelley’s FGL bandmate Tyler Hubbard, the pair exchanged vows at Kelley’s Nashville-area home on December 16, 2013.
“The whole process has been non-traditional…We had just fallen in love, and I knew I couldn’t live without her,” Kelley gushed. “It sounds like a terrible cheesy movie, but when you know, you know!”
In the years after their low-key wedding, the Kelleys went into business together, opening two unique storefronts dubbed Tribe Kelley.
The couple said “I do” again five years later when Brian surprised Brittney with a vow renewal while they were vacationing on the Northern coast of California.
“To say those words and make that commitment again — I feel like we do it every day; we tell each other we love each other and we show it by our actions — but to have a spiritual little ceremony with both of us, it’s just something I think we both needed after an amazing, long year,” he said. “What a blessing this year has been. We just wanted to do that for ourselves.”
Brian and Brittney credit “date nights, joking around and keeping it lighthearted” to their lasting relationship.