The Way Eric and Jessie James Decker Met Was Surprisingly Normal
Whether it's on E!'s Eric & Jessie or their much-followed Instagram accounts, Eric and Jessie James Decker are always #relationshipgoals. But while the celebrity couple’s life is now the stuff of vision boards, their first meeting was actually a lot more relatable — like cyber relationship relatable.
Though the “Lights Down Low” songstress and the NFL wide receiver were technically set up through a mutual friend — also totally normal! — they built a romance through the help of their trusty cell phones. Who says you can’t find love through technology?
Fast forward more than half a decade, and Eric and Jessie are married with two children — and a third on the way! Read on for a timeline of their romance.
How did Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker meet?
In late winter 2011, Jessie told Access Hollywood that she got a text from a girlfriend saying, “I'm having dinner with this guy I'm seeing, and this other guy just showed up, and he's stunning.” After seeing photos of one another, the two exchanged numbers and started video chatting, texting, and talking on the phone. Five weeks later, Eric "invited himself" to see her in Nashville.
March 2011 — The Meeting
The now 29-year-old beauty was so nervous ahead of their first date that she canceled his flight the first time. But when the athlete did finally make it to Nashville, the connection was instant. She recalled, “On the way to me taking him to the airport he asked me to be his girlfriend, literally like an 8th grader.”
April 2012 — The Proposal
A few days after their first anniversary, Eric popped the question while the two were in Las Vegas to attend the ACM Awards. “Eric is a great man,” Jessie said at the time. “He is my soul mate. We feel so fortunate to have found each other.”
June 2013 — The Wedding
A little over a year later on June 22, 2013, the pair tied the knot at St. Francis of Assisi in Castle Rock, CO. The reception was held at the nearby Castle Cliff Estate. The gorgeous event was documented for their E! reality show.
September 2013 — The Pregnancy Announcement
Just three months after their wedding, the newlyweds surprised fans — and themselves! — with an unplanned pregnancy. “I ran out and showed [the pregnancy test] to him and he didn’t believe me. So I had to do it again in front of him and then he believed me!” Jessie said of the unexpected blessing. “We both started crying and hugging each other.”
March 2014 — Vivianne’s Birth
The Deckers became parents on March 18, 2014, when they welcomed daughter Vivianne Rose Decker. “Lots of tears, nerves, smiles, and excitement!” Jessie captioned a shot ahead of Viv’s birth. “Just so anxious to meet our baby girl.”
September 2015 — Eric Jr.’s Birth
On Sept. 3, 2015 — nearly 18 months after Vivianne’s birth — the reality TV duo welcomed a son, Eric Thomas Decker II.
October 2017 — Baby No. 3 Pregnancy Announcement
On Oct. 9, 2017, the couple announced they're expecting a third child. "Eric and I are so excited to share with y'all that we are expecting baby Decker number 3!" Jessie wrote next to a video of the moment they told their kids. "As you can see Viv is so happy and Bub doesn't quite know what's going on, but we are over the moon and feel so blessed and can't wait to meet this little one end of March."
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