‘Home Town’ Star Erin Napier Shares Sweet Throwback in Heartfelt Tribute to Marriage

by Taylor Cunningham
(Photo by Meggan Haller for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

It was love at first sight for Home Town star Erin Napier.

Ben and Erin Napier are the absolute picture of celebrity “couple goals.” The renovation specialists have their own HGTV and Discovery+ franchises and they share two daughters, Mae and Helen.

But of course, success isn’t what makes them an enviable duo. It’s all in the way they look at each other and publicly swoon on social media and TV. Which is what Erin did yesterday.

This week marked 17 years since Ben and Erin first met. And because that day was so special, Erin posted a snippet from her 2018 memoir titled Make Something Good Today on her Instagram page. The little story details why the star fell for her would-be husband.

“Ben Napier and I circled each other before we ever really met,” she wrote alongside a throwback picture. “Actually, it’s more accurate to say I circled him, like a moon in his orbit.”

Ben and Erin Napier Met During Their Freshman Year of College

As she remembers, Erin first saw Ben Napier at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi. And she was immediately infatuated.

The Home Town host watched Ben go about as the campus social butterfly wishing he’d notice her in return. However, Erin decided that she wasn’t Ben’s type. So she pined away in secret.

“I was quiet and didn’t seek out the spotlight; that seemed to belong to him,” Erin admitted. “He was tall and broad, bearded, and shaggy-haired in those days, and magnetic, without ever letting it get to his head. Or so I imagined. I didn’t actually know him.”

Apparently, Ben was into everything on campus, which comes as no surprise to anyone who watches him light up the screen on Home Town and Home Town: Ben’s Garage.

As Erin shared, her handsome husband “lead the rowdy Fall Freeze midnight breakfast parties [and] raised money for student government.” And he always did such things “with a beauty queen or cheerleader waiting nearby.”

And Ben Napier wasn’t just popular. He was also an all-around caring and compassionate person.

“I watched him find the one person eating alone in the student union and pull up a chair beside him or her,” she remembered. “He was kind to anyone who would allow it and open in a way that few people were.”

“Ben was popular, but not exclusive, and I think that’s why I loved him before I even knew him. Even from far away, I could feel his joy and generosity.”

So as the months ticked away, Erin “kept a cool distance” and “put a lot of energy into pretending I was putting in none” the few times they spoke before becoming a couple.

“It didn’t seem as though it would matter anyway,” she added. “We seemed to occupy two distant shores of a gigantic sea, much too far to ever cross.”

Of course, everyone knows it did matter because they started dating that same year. And four years later, they were officially husband and wife.

“17 years since the week we met and fell in love after 6 days of knowing each other,” she concluded.