Chip and Joanna Gaines are all about meaningful moments, and it’s no wonder that a fateful encounter at an auto shop is all it took to create the ultimate design power couple. Fans of their HGTV show, Fixer Upper, know that the Gaines live and breathe Baylor University, but the two Baylor bears didn’t meet at their alma mater. Chip had heard of her before they even met, but it’d be much longer before they became an item. Here’s everything you might have missed on their journey from Waco to taking over the DIY Network:
It was love at first sight.
Joanna’s father, a Vietnam War vet and Firestone Tire salesman, employed his post-grad daughter in his auto shop, helping run the marketing side of the business. She even got her first TV gig, starring in commercials for the family store, while working there! Chip walked in to get his car fixed and stumbled on a photo of the 23-year-old Joanna hanging on the wall. “I knew I’d marry her one day just by the picture on the wall,” Chip told Popsugar.
Chip kept returning to the shop with new excuses and fresh repairs, hoping to bump into his future wife. He finally ran into Joanna in 2001, landing a first date by complimenting her on her car commercials.
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