Today is Leann Rimes and Dean Sheremet‘s seventh wedding anniversary. The couple were married on February 23, 2002 at Perkins Chapel on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. At the reception, Leann danced with her father, Wilber Rimes. She had been estranged from him for many years prior to the wedding.
How They Met: Leann met Dean when he was chosen as a dancer for her performance at The Academy of Country Music Awards in May of 2001.
Engagement: Dean proposed with a five carat solitaire cushion-cut engagement ring in December of 2001. Leann announced the news on her website.
The Wedding: “We look back and go, ‘Were we crazy or what?’ We were kids!” Sheremet tells People Magazine. “But it was definitely the right decision,” says Rimes, who was 19 on her wedding day. “Every odd in the world was stacked against us. But we’ve grown together instead of apart.”
Key to a Happy Marriage: “We laugh a lot together. We really do,” Rimes tells the Associated Press. “He travels a lot with me so we do spend a lot of time with each other. We are just one of those fortunate couples who can spend a lot of time with each other and not kill each other.
Highlight of the Year: The couple celebrated seven years together with a “seven-year-itch-party” in August at the Calistoga Ranch near Napa. They were joined by 30 friends for a seven-course meal in the wine cave and watched their wedding video.