Happy 25th Anniversary, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson!
In these days of months-long marriages, their great love story continues to stand the test of time, as today marks a quarter century since Hanks and Wilson said “I do” back in April 30, 1988.
The pair first met on set of Hank’s short-lived cult sitcom Bosom Buddies in 1981, when Wilson guest starred as his costar Peter Scolari’s girlfriend. While Wilson immediately sparked something inside Hanks, it wasn’t until sharing the screen in the 1985 Peace Corps comedy Volunteers that a bond blossomed, even though he was still married — albeit unhappily — to his college sweetheart, actress Samantha Lewes.
But after Hanks and Lewes divorced in 1987, Hanks and Wilson fell into each other’s arms and their fairytale romance begin, flourishing into a marriage in just a year’s time.
Now 25 years have passed, and Hanks and Wilson still soar beyond Hollywood stereotype. While they aren’t the only pair to have beaten the marriage odds — Meryl Streep and Don Gummer, Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and others are still going strong after several decades — there is just that je ne sais quoi in Hanks and Wilson’s blissful happily ever after.
So what better way to honor their silver anniversary than in their own words about their marriage? After all, Hanks always leaves hopeless romantics everywhere reaching for the Klenex with his heartfelt acceptances speeches about his wife.
Scroll through the gallery above for the he said, she said of Hanks and Wilson’s blessed union. Then share your warm and fuzzy feelings — trust, these quotes will leave you feeling dreamy — in the comments, below.