2012

Blake Lively

September 09

Surprise Wedding Belle

Nearly a year after going public with their relationship, Lively, 25, exchanges vows with beau Ryan Reynolds, 35, in a secret ceremony at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Surrounded by friends and family, the newlyweds – who met on the set of 2011's The Green Lantern – celebrated their nuptials in a white-tent reception, featuring a performance by Lively's good friend Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine).

Blake Lively

December 17

XOXO, Gossip Girl

After six seasons, the hit CW series comes to an end in a finale that sees Penn Badgley's Dan Humphrey revealed to be the anonymous writer of the Gossip Girl blog. But despite his scheming ways, Lively's character Serena van der Woodsen forgives him, and in a flash-forward to the future, the two wed.

Blake Lively

December 20

An Inside Look

Over three months after her hush-hush nuptials, Lively offers fans a small peek from her big day in Martha Stewart Weddings. An elegant shot of the newlyweds holding hands is released among pictures of pastries and wedding décor, which Stewart herself helped coordinate. "While they remain protective of images of them on their most heartfelt occasion, they graciously let us share pictures of the elements we created together," say the magazine staff.

2014

Blake Lively

October

Party of Three

Surprise! Lively takes to her lifestyle blog to announce that she and Reynolds are expecting their first child together. "They are absolutely ecstatic, and just so ready for this," a source tells PEOPLE. "It is the perfect time in their lives to start this new chapter; they are so in love and are going to be amazing parents."

2015

Blake Lively

January

Baby Love

In early January, news breaks that Lively and Reynolds welcomed their first child in December 2014. The couple remains private about the baby's name and sex, though in the weeks leading up to the birth, speak happily about impending parenthood. "I'm just excited about having a buddy," Reynolds tells PEOPLE. "For a lot of new dads, you tend to dwell on the mistakes you don't want to make. I'm at that stage still where I'm focused primarily on being open and understanding and leaving a lot of room for error."

Photo Credits

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Frank Micelotta/MTV/PictureGroup; Giovanni Rufino/The CW; Marcus Nilsson/Martha Stewart Weddings; Matt Baron/BEImages; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Edited by Julia Wang

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