Award-winning country singer Thomas Rhett Akins is celebrating a decade of marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Lauren Akins nee Gregory, with the sweetest gesture ever!
The couple, who tied the knot on October 12, 2012, share four daughters — Willa Gray, Ada James, Lennon Love, and Lillie Carolina, including their adopted daughter from Uganda.
In honor of their 10th wedding anniversary, Thomas shared a beautiful video collection on Instagram featuring their loving moments over the years, which he paired with a heartfelt unreleased music piece, created just for his darling.
Thomas Rhett Calls Spouse’ Best Friend’ In 10th Wedding Anniversary Tribute
Not only did the Grammy nominee use the touching video and song to express his affection to his wife, but he also wrote the most beautiful message in the caption that read:
“10 years with my best friend @laur_akins I legit don’t know sometimes if you are a real person or an Angel. I could not a dreamed up a better life if I tried.”
He further appreciated their marriage journey and parenthood with the words: “10 years and 4 kids later, I love you more every single day. I love you so much! Happy anniversary babe.”
The video began with the kiss they shared on their wedding and led to their wedding dance, where a beaming Thomas twirled Lauren. There was also a close view of the 32-year-old author sipping a drink through a straw and another one of her laughing and munching.
Other glimpses fans got to see of the couple included them at a show, hanging out on a beach, kissing underwater, their different pregnancy periods, dancing together, and some funny, passionate moments.
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As for the unreleased soundtrack added to the clip and titled “Madly in Love,” parts of its lyrics sang, “That kiss was only the beginning – And to this day, when you walk into the room – My heart still doesn’t know what it’s supposed to do – And in my mind, girl, we’re still 22, in a Tennessee field – Fireflies brighter than the moon.”
The beautiful piece will not be the first Thomas would create in honor of his beloved spouse as he once did so with his award-winning single “Die a Happy Man.” CountryLiving shared that the chart-topping hit highlights a narrative about a man’s desire for nothing more in life than his woman’s “crazy love.”
It became the most-played country music on the radio for six consecutive weeks, earning several awards, including two Academy of Country Music Awards. Another of his memorable creations inspired by the duo’s swooning love story is “Marry Me,” a piece from the Billboard Music Award-nominated album “Life Changes.”
Fans may be aware that Thomas and Lauren had their first shot at romance during their early teens; however, the relationship did not work out, but they remained best friends. They later got involved with separate partners that almost led to marriage until the podcaster’s father intervened, urging Thomas to tell his daughter how he felt; otherwise, he would do so himself.
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The “It Goes Like This” star did as he was told immediately after Lauren ended her past relationship. They kissed then, after which they dated for about six months before getting engaged. In 2012, they got hitched at 22, leading to their magical honeymoon in Oahu, where they returned in 2015 to shoot the music video for their love-inspired song “Die a Happy Man.”
The “Crash and Burn” Vocalist Reveals Plans To Have Baby Number Five With Wife
Despite being married for a decade with four kids to show for it, the adorable twosome still intends to expand their family with a fifth child. Thomas revealed this in an interview on “Making Space With Hoda Kotb” podcast, which The Blast reported in April. He said:
“Lauren’s whole dream [is that] she wanted to have five kids. Since the day we got married, she’s [been] like, ‘I want to have five,’ and I’m sitting there going, ‘That’s fine, you know, that would be great.”
Even so, the couple plan on taking a four-year hiatus before expanding to focus more on caring for their babies intentionally. The “Star of the Show” singer believed having four children below six years old at the time required more attention, so they needed the break to “kind of get the hang of it all.