Country star Brad Paisley has been married for 18 years. During that time, he’s learned a thing or two about a successful marriage.
For one? Schedule date nights. And also: Start your own traditions.
For example, Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have started a tradition on the date of their wedding anniversary, the couple told People recently. They sit down together, pull out a special journal that they’ve saved for the occasion and jot down their top memories from the previous year.
“Our greatest hits,” Williams-Paisley said of the tradition. “We record the meaningful moments, the best laughs.”
Focus on the Laughter
Paisley said their marriage is even better today than it was in 2003. And it’s because they laugh together often.
“That’s a big part of our relationship,” Williams-Paisley said. “Focusing on the laughter and keeping a sense of play.”
And they always keep in mind the things they love about each other. Paisley joked that he’s like a third kid for poor Williams-Paisley to keep in line. But, he loves her for it.
“You keep our house afloat – seeing you give birth to two kids and raise a third is amazing,” Paisley said to Williams-Paisley. “And you try to do the right thing all the time.”
Moreover, the family plays ping pong and dodgeball together. And Paisley and Williams-Paisley have worked together to open The Store, a free grocery store in Nashville for families dealing with food insecurity. All those activities have helped them stay sane during a pandemic when they were all trapped in the house together.
“She’s used to three days a week at minimum that I’m gone, so we’ve learned a lot about ourselves this year,” Paisley told People, before saying to his wife, “I figured out I really like being around you!”
How Brad Paisley Met Kimberly Williams
Somehow, Paisley just knew that Williams was the one. He first saw Williams when he went to a movie in which she starred, “Father of the Bride,” with his girlfriend at the time. But after he and his girlfriend broke up, Paisley went to see Williams star in the sequel by himself.
According to Country Living, Paisley later said that Williams “seemed like a great girl” based on the movies in which she had appeared. Finally, he worked up the nerve to call her (although how he got her number remains an open question). Surprisingly, Williams agreed to go out with Paisley.
Paisley would go on to cast Williams in his music video for “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” off the album Part II. The couple now have two sons together, Huck and Jasper, and a small menagerie on their farm outside Nashville.