Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton have been together since 2009. See their sweetest photos through the years
"Twelve years ago today, @jensenackles and @danneelackles512 made me go on a blind date. The smokin hot @jeffreydeanmorgan showed up and it was game over," Burton recalled in an Instagram post commemorating their anniversary.
Baby on Board
Clearly, there were fireworks between the two as they welcomed their first son, Augustus "Gus" Morgan, less than a year later.
Head Over Heels
The two lovebirds appeared to be happily in love at the season 10 premiere of Morgan's show The Walking Dead.
Family of Four
"George started coming and the midwife moved aside. And I just went in and grabbed her by her little cheeks and had her out in 3 seconds," he said while on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
As for her name, the proud father revealed the origin of the moniker: an episode of Bonanza titled "A Girl Named George."
"I loved the name and Hilarie loved the name. Gus is named after Augustus McCrae in Lonesome Dove. We got a weird western theme going on," he joked.
Saying 'I Do.'
After a decade together, Burton and Morgan secretly tied the knot on Oct. 5, 2019, in an intimate ceremony in New York surrounded by friends, family and their two kids.
"We've lived as husband and wife for a decade. We've built a family, and a farm and found our community," the beaming bride wrote. "For years, publications have reported that we got married in 2014 or 2015 and that I've been married and divorced before. All untrue. But WE knew our truth. So it felt silly to try and correct anything."
The Small Things That Count
For Valentine's Day in 2023, Burton reminisced about some of the small ways Morgan won her over, including embracing her friendship with one of her best pals.
"Jeff would send me letters with a PS added on for Nick, and that grew into shared Thanksgivings and Christmases and trips to Disneyland. And so 14 years later, I’m happy I got to celebrate both my guys today."
She continued, "Jeff, thank you for loving me by loving all the people who were important to me."
Family Night Out
Augustus joined his parents at the The Cinema Society's screening of Mary Poppins Returns in 2018.
Three years later, 11-year-old Gus would guest star on his dad's hit AMC show as a walker. "We are super proud of Gusy Dean," the proud papa wrote on Instagram. "Thanks to @amcthewalkingdead and @gnicotero for making a dream come true… a damn hoot! Xxjd"
All Hallows Eve
The parents had a scream taking their kids (with a pal) trick or treating for Halloween in 2018.
While spending Burton's 39th birthday in different places, Morgan took the time to reflect on what he loved so much about his wife.
"She… in a word? Perfect. The hottest. The smartest. Most thoughtful. Pretty damn funny. Easily the meanest according to our kids. Also hands down, the best mom… according to our kids…and me. Talented as hell," he wrote in part, before lamenting the fact that they were apart.
"[She's] ALWAYS, my best friend. And it’s her birthday. And I’m not with her. I should be. I should never miss her birthday. Ever. So… after this year, I won’t," he wrote.
He concluded the heartfelt message with, "I love you mrs morgan. I’m wishing you the happiest of days…. When I get home. Happy birthday. I’m real glad you were born… and SO recently too! xoxohusband."
At the Ball Game
The happy couple were spotted on the field at Kauffman Stadium during the 2016 Big Slick Celebrity Weekend on in Kansas City, Missouri.
The family enjoyed a sunny summer day at the park — snow cones and all.
Still the One
"Jeffrey is the same guy now that he was when I met him," the actress told PEOPLE while promoting her memoir, The Rural Dairies in 2020.
"He knew 100 percent who he was and that was a delight. Because I could be the one who could experiment. Being with someone so solid allowed me to grow."
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