In preparation for the 2015 ACM Awards, country singer Thomas Rhett released a video montage that shows how he won his wife's hand in marriage by courting her over the course of several years. The video has a not-so-subtle message: stay true to your dreams and to appreciate the steps it takes to achieve them.
"Very often in life, people see the end result," reads a message at the beginning of the video. "They don't get to see the hard work that it took to get there..."
The montage opens with footage from 2005, when he and Thomas Rhett wife Lauren Akins were "just friends." In the subsequent footage, you see Rhett trying to impress her, once as a football player at the homecoming game and later as a country crooner on various couches.
It all ends with, surprise, their marriage day in 2012, along with a caption that reads "It just goes to show...you should never give up!"
Rhett released the video in an effort to gain votes to win the 2015 ACM New Artist of the Year Award. Cole Swindell won that year, but Rhett's star has risen much higher, so he surely doesn't care at this point.
As most fans now know, Lauren was the inspiration and star of the music video for Rhett's breakthrough hit single "Die A Happy Man." Earlier this year, the couple welcomed their adopted daughter from Uganda, Willa Gray Akins. Lauren also gave birth to their second baby girl, Ada James Akins. The new parents have been sharing photos and videos of their new life together on Instagram and other social media pages.
Rhett also released his studio album Life Changes this year, which hit the top of the country music charts this past summer.