Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley is remembered for her role as Steve Martin's daughter, Annie Banks, in the classic film, Father of the Bride (and Father of the Bride Part II). She has been seen in various TV projects, including According to Jim on ABC and Two and a Half Men on CBS, and films, including We Are Marshall. But outside of the Hollywood spotlight, she is also the wife of country music star Brad Paisley. The two have such a cute love story; it makes us love them even more.
1991: Love at First Sight
The country singer first saw Kimberly Williams in Father of the Bride when he was on a date (with someone else). He was quite taken with the New York native and, after seeing both Father of the Bride films.
"I thought, She seems like a great girl — smart and funny and all those things that are so hard to find," Paisley told Good Housekeeping.
2001: Kimberly Stars in Brad's Music Video
Back before the couple began dating and ten years after he first saw her in Father of the Bride, Kimberly played Brad's love interest in "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)." The video also featured Jerry Springer, Dan Patrick and Little Jimmy Dickens.
2002: Brad and Kimberly Get Engaged
In 2002, Brad popped the question and the gesture was fitting for their fairytale romance.
"I surprised her, and we were completely alone out on the end of a pier in Venice in Los Angeles," Paisley told People. "Nobody could really see us, and that was a safety net — in case she took off running down the pier."
2003: The Couple Ties the Knot
The two got married in 2003 and now live in Nashville, Tennessee. The sweet couple was married at the Stauffer Chapel on the Pepperdine University campus in California and have been passionate about their philanthropic efforts. They are incredibly supportive of each other's careers and keep each other grounded with their keen sense of humor.
"The only reason Kim gave me a second date was because I made her laugh. And it's the only reason she's still with me!" Paisley told Good Housekeeping. Williams-Paisley made an appearance in the Netflix Christmas movie in 2018, The Christmas Chronicles, but has also been in her fair share of Hallmark movies over the years, including mystery film, Darrow & Darrow. Kimberly has also starred in Dolly Parton's Netflix series, Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, in the episode "Jolene."
She even wrote a book about her mother Linda's a rare form of dementia, Where the Light Gets In. Brad supports it all, and we love watching their love.
2007: The Couple Welcomes Their First Son
In 2007, the couple welcomed a baby boy, William Huckleberry or "Huck." And yes, he was named after the Mark Twain character of Huckleberry Finn
"He's William Huckleberry Paisley. As in Huckleberry Finn — a reference to a spirit of adventure I hope he embodies," Paisley told Hazel Smith back in 2007 (quote via CMT). "I can see him now — out playing in the woods, taking chances. Sorta conjures up ideas of Mark Twain, you know."
2009: Family of Four
In 2009, the couple welcomed their second son, Jasper Warren. People reports that Jasper's middle name is for Brad's grandfather Warren, who encouraged him to pursue music.
2015: Brad and Kimberly Renew Wedding Vows
Twelve years after tying the not, the couple renewed their wedding vows during a ceremony at a friend's house.
2020: Brad and Kimberly Open Free Nashville Grocery Store
Brad and Kimberly love giving back. In 2020, the couple even opened a free grocery store in Nashville and even backed a Million Meal Donation tour. The Paisley family's Tiller & Hatch food brand is teaming with Feeding America food banks to distribute one million pounds of food to needy families in various cities
"Now it's a matter of what's happening and trying to figure out how to not let people fall through the cracks," Paisley said in an interview with the Associated Press. "It's been a lot of people who have been poor for a long time. But then, there are others who were financially sound six months ago, but now have fallen on hard times. We are seeing this firsthand. We are trying to meet their needs."
In 2023, the couple announced a benefit show for The Store. Groceries with Dignity and Comedy Without will be held July 5 in Nashville at Zanie's and features rising comedy star Nate Bartgatze, Saturday Night Live veteran turned Hollywood star Kevin Nealon and alumni of legendary Los Angeles improv group the Groundlings.
2023: The Couple Celebrates 20 Year Wedding Anniversary
On March 15, 2023, the couple celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. The pair commemorated the day on social media with Kimberly sharing a sweet video montage.
It ain't perfect but it's us and I am so grateful," she wrote. "I love you."
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In 2021, Kimberly shared the secret to their relationship.
"We record the meaningful moments, the best laughs," she told People. "That's a big part of our relationship—focusing on the laughter and keeping a sense of play."
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This article was previously published in December of 2021. It was updated on June 22, 2023.
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