Joanna Gaines on her favorite wedding day

Joanna Gaines She has many special memories from the day she got married to her husband chip, But the one you will always cherish came near the end of the night.

“My favorite moment is when we said goodbye to everyone, got in a limousine and ate a lot of food!” Joanna tells people.

Designer and author – who is releasing her first solo memoir, The Stories We Tell: Every Part of Your Story MattersAnd the November 8 – He exchanges vows with Chip, 47, in 2003 at Earl Harrison House in Waco, Texas.

“I just remember, when we got there, I saw how good the food was and I asked my mother, ‘No matter what, are you going to put some food in a container and put it in the car?'” Joanna remembers.

“So we did our job, we did our dance, we did all the things you’re supposed to do at a wedding. And all I kept saying was, I can’t wait to be in that car with Chip heading home to our honeymoon. And the second time I shut that door. , I was like, ‘Thank God, that’s why I’m here. I just want to be with you and I want to eat.”

Although nearly two decades have passed since upper stabilizer The stars tied the knot, Joanna, 44, says the memory is still fresh in her mind.

“Weddings are kind of scripted and you do a lot,” she says. “You can forget why you were really there. And for me, you were really there because I wanted to be with Chip. It will always be my favorite memory – when that limousine door closes and we eat like kids with our hands. It was beef Wellington, mashed potatoes and two different types of cake.”

The couple, who share sons Crowe, 4, Duke, 14, and Drake, 18, and daughters Amy Kay, 12, and Ella, 15, celebrated. 19th wedding anniversary.

“19,” Joanna commented on the Instagram post, adding the hashtag “I like you so much.”

Chip and Joanna Gaines.
Joanna Gaines/ Instagram

In the fall of an issue Magnolia Magazinejoanna wrote a personal article About the obstacles she and Shep overcame. (The Magnolia Journal is published by PEOPLE’s parent company Dotdash Meredith.)

“In the twenty years of our marriage, Chip and I have experienced a little bit of it all,” Joanna writes. “Loss of a loved one. Transformations in friendships. Bills we couldn’t pay. Moments that broke our hearts. The times when we felt lost and circumstances were beyond our control. When all I could think of was lying on the floor face down.”

She adds that one of the “heartbreaking things” they’re getting ready to grapple with is sending their oldest son, Drake, 18, to college.

“In the grand scheme of heartbreaking things, this comes with a lot of gratitude and excitement. But my first child is still going away, our family dynamic will change because of that, and it can feel lost. Now I get glimpses of what that life would look like and wonder if – or how much Once–that might drive me to the ground.”

In last year’s summer edition of Magnolia Magazinereleased May 2021, Chip opened On how he remains dedicated to being a good husband and loving father.

“When I look across the whole landscape of my little corner of the world,” Chip wrote at the time, “there are plenty of places where I can’t.” “I’m known to be easily distracted, for one thing. In general, time and I have a way of losing each other. Sometimes, I can let some of the commitments I’ve made slip by.”

“But there are other commitments—the big commitments—that I stick to in all I have. Honoring Joe, for being a good father, my faith, trying to do right even when it isn’t easy, and building something that helps other people. Those are the commitments I made to myself and I wouldn’t I give it up.” “No matter how much the details and circumstances of my life change, no matter how storms come my way, you watch: I will do it right.”

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