Damon Salvatore may be unlucky in love on The Vampire Diaries — what with Elena Gilbert fast asleep inside a coffin due to a heartbreaking binding spell — but it seems that the talented actor who portrays him, Ian Somerhalder, has found his true soul mate in Nikki Reed. After dating a little under a year, Ian and the Twilight actress said “I do” and made their lovely whirlwind romance official. Things moved quickly, yes, but that’s what happens when you fall in love!
That being said, because we adore seeing two of our favorite vampires canoodling and using their power for good, we decided to gather all their sweetest relationship moments and swoon over each one. Nikki and Ian — a.k.a. Somereed as fans have affectionately dubbed them — are quite literally the cutest couple ever and we can prove it. Take a look!
1. When Nikki shared a dreamy video from their wedding
You are My every dream brought to life We are A cosmic collision This is A lifetime felt in every moment I’m by your side My love My human…happy one month. Thank you @glassjarphotos for capturing the most important day of our lives… Thank you @clairepettibone for creating this work of art aka my dress… Music by @johnnyswim Event by @afreemanevents
Have you seen this yet?! Their springtime California nuptials pretty much were a real-life fairytale and they both looked absolutely radiant. So much beauty to behold!
2. When they advocate for living creatures everywhere
Both Nikki and Ian are huge supporters of animals and animal rights. Not only have they adopted horses, cats, and dogs together, but they also dedicate most of their time saving animals, which is super refreshing when it comes to celebrity couples. Yes, many other celebs have charity, but these two are constantly advocating and it’s something they share together. It’s too perfect!
3. Every time Nikki gushes about him to the press
She told US Weekly right after they couple got engaged, “He’s quite possibly the most amazing man that’s ever walked the planet, it’s crazy. I’m so lucky. I love him.” Aww! This isn’t the only time she mentioned him and talked so highly of him. Literally any interview she gives makes us wish we had a relationship like theirs.
4. When Ian said he couldn’t wait to have babies with her
When Entertainment Tonight asked if he wanted to be a dad, he quickly responded, “oh hell yes!” Although he didn’t give a timeline, these two moved so quickly that it wouldn’t really be that surprising if an announcement like that came soon. Also, the world can’t wait for a Nikki/Ian baby. His blue eyes, her hair? Their combined genetics would probably break the Internet!
5. The fact that they are both trying to save the world
On top of advocating for animals, these two are constantly trying to save the world and the environment and just doing awesome things for everyone. They were both doing things like that before they came together, but after they started dating, they just became the perfect couple who are literally doing everything.
6. When Ian raved about their perfect wedding on The Talk
Another video worth watching if you haven’t seen it. Here’s how he describes their wedding day: “It was the most magical day I’ve ever known … I’m going to sound like such a girl … but it’s the things you see in films or read about in literature or see on stages or you hear in songs, there are times in your life that are literally so beautiful that to take it all in is nearly impossible.” Ugh, Ian. That’s so freaking adorable.
7. When Kat Graham captured an adorable moment between the two lovebirds
The pair are riding horses together in Georgia and Kat Graham happened to be photographing them and they looked too cute. Plus, horseback riding date? Take note, boys!
8. This photo
It’s like no matter what they always look perfect.
9. Nikki’s surprise when Ian made his directorial debut on The Vampire Diaries
Ian revealed that he was directing a season 6 episode of Vampire Diaries and he came home to a cake made by his lovely wife that read, “Good luck I <3 u.” He said it was “the best thing to come home to.”
10. When she made him believe in the true power of Valentine’s Day
He posted this alongside a photo of them: “Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I used to think this Day was a conspiracy of chocolatiers and florists but I realize that taking a day out of our busy lives to celebrate the love in our lives is so important and should be every day. Celebrate love in your life-it’s what makes the world go around…”
11. He supports her career
As much as she was there for him when he landed his directorial debut, he was there for her the day her clothing line launched. “You never cease to amaze me,” he said. “Talent and beyond… Acting, writing, producing, directing, designing and in the morning as you’re happily rushing off to work even more-you make the best pancakes in the world. Not sure how you do it all. I need to step up my game my love-I’ll get right on that…”
12. When they exercise together
Seriously? Why do they look adorable even when their sweaty and gross?
13. When they were named 2016 Celebrity Grand Monarchs of Mardi Paws
The annual celebration is organized by the community of Mandeville and apparently you dress your pups up in sassy costumes to raise money for charity. It’s literally the best award they could of received considering all their work with animals.
14. Remember the time Ian kept it real and defended his wife against some Internet trolls?
Honestly, who could forget? Get a load of his amazing message: “You HATE NIKKI REED? Really? Do you know her? Hmmmm, I’m not sure that you do. Look on her Instagram feed or twitter and all you will see is a compassionate and beautiful human being. Please put your negative energy elsewhere. You don’t even know the person you’re talking about. Do you care about me? Ask yourself that question. What’s the answer? Is it yes? If it is—then please be happy for me. Stop this nonsense—you’re spreading horrible energy into the world. Do some research of the person you say sucks or you HATE. You’ll find that she’s a magical person doing great things in the world. I’m sickened and saddened by the fans’ response to all this. Many fans have stood up people like you and tried to empower you with some compassion. If we all thought a little or [learned] a little about people before we spoke about them, the world wouldn’t be so upside down and in the worst place in history. If you hate Nikki, then you must hate me…That’s sad. Have an amazing day!” Powerful words, indeed.
15. When they introduced their “new baby” to the world
And by “baby” we mean one of their incredible passion projects. The couple joined forces with an online organic retailer Thrive market to promote affordable healthy eating. The site charges a membership but for each person who signs up, a family in need is given a free membership so they can purchase groceries at a lower price. “Hello everyone! I have to tell you about something really important to me ; my newest adventure, something I am not only extremely excited about but something I take great pride in that will drastically change all of our lives. My “baby” if you will: Thrive Market aka @thrivemkt,” Ian announced on Instagram, before providing some interesting insight on the company’s initiative. “Did you know that 29 million Americans lack access to healthy, affordable foods?” he wrote. “23.5 million of those Americans don’t have access to a supermarket within a mile of their home. These statistics are just a few of the many that reflect the disproportionate effects of low-income and/or rural living on people’s ability to control what they eat. It’s a common misconception, and wildly ignorant, to say that lower-income families don’t desire to consume clean, healthy foods. The biggest reason: cost. Cost is cited as the primary barrier to eating healthy food. So we have a ton of people without access to supermarkets and a ton more who can’t afford the food that’s in these markets. What do we do about this? How do we combat rising prices and the growing number of families who are “food insecure”? This feels like an uphill climb with no shoes on. But it’s not. We start by making healthy, clean, unprocessed, organic, non-GMO products available to ALL people. We educate them. We help them create shopping lists and strategies for meal-planning. We, the consumer, have a right to buy food that won’t hurt us. We have a right to thrive. Each and every one of us. That’s why I’m beyond excited to tell you about Thrive Market; an online marketplace that I’m throwing my weight behind because I believe so strongly in it’s message, it’s concept and it’s ability to empower us to live better lives through food.” Preach!
“And they said we couldn’t spoon at @EJAFOscars,” Nikki punned in the caption. Cue the awws!
17. Oh, and who could forget about the first time they walked the red carpet as newlyweds?
Not only did they stun (per usual) at the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival, but Ian proved just how much of a gentleman he is when he helped fix the tangled train on Nikki’s formfitting midnight-blue Azzaro gown so that they could pose for photos.
18. Finally, this breathtaking moment of pure bliss…
ALL OF THE #RELATIONSHIP GOALS.
Who are some of your favorite celebrity couples, dolls? What three things do you value most in a partner? Tell us what, in your opinion, makes for a beautiful romance!