Hard to believe it's been nine years since Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood tied the knot in a hush-hush ceremony at the pair's Oklahoma home on December 10, 2005.
The nuptials were in stark contrast to Brooks' very public wedding proposal seven months earlier, which was witnessed by Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, George Jones and hundreds of screaming fans.
And though he felt a spark with Yearwood, he was committed to being a good husband and spending his life with Mahl. This is who you went to college with, and you were married in front of God and your family and everything," he told De Generes.
It was as if he was leaning in for a one-on-one chat.
That surprise engagement took place at Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California.
Brooks and his then-girlfriend, Yearwood, were on hand to unveil a bronze likeness of Brooks at the famed music venue.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are living proof that -- like their song says -- love will always win.
Though both were married to other people when they first met back in 1987, there was an undeniable connection between them.