Inside NBA Star Steph Curry and Wife Ayesha's 20-Year Love Story

Did you know this power duo met all the way back in 2003?
Ayesha and Steph Curry
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Sarah Hanlon
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Sarah Hanlon
Entertainment & Celebrity Editor
  • Sarah is the Entertainment & Celebrity Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on pop culture and celebrity wedding news.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Oct 10, 2023
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Even if you aren't a Golden State Warriors fan, you probably know Steph Curry and his wife, Ayesha. The NBA superstar and his wife of over 10 years are a beloved power couple in the entertainment industry. Not only is Steph a four-time NBA championship winner, Ayesha is a beloved culinary and lifestyle entrepreneur. (Not to mention, she's easily one of the most well-known NBA wives). Steph and Ayesha Curry got married on July 30, 2011, and they have three children together.

Here, we look back on Steph and Ayesha Curry's 20-year romance, which began at a church youth group in 2003. Relive their sweet love story, including details from their wedding and vow renewal, along with the latest news on their marriage.

  • Steph Curry met his wife Ayesha at church when he was 15 and she was 14. They reconnected in Hollywood five years later and went on their first date in 2008.
  • Steph Curry proposed to Ayesha in July 2010.
  • Steph and Ayesha Curry got married on July 30, 2011, in North Carolina. They renewed their vows on their 10th anniversary in 2021.
  • Steph Curry and his wife have three children: Riley, Ryan and Canon.

In this Article:

The Latest News on Ayesha and Steph Curry's Relationship

Steph Curry and his wife are busier than ever. In May 2023, the Warriors point guard, 35, made history by scoring 50 points in a game against the Sacramento Kings during the NBA playoffs. He currently holds the record for the most points scored in a Game 7 in NBA history—a feat his wife celebrated online. "Wild. I'm so proud," Ayesha wrote on Instagram. "This man works so hard."

After the NBA playoffs came to an end, Ayesha and Steph Curry celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary in July. "The highs, the lows, the ways life has brought us closer together through it all," Steph shared on Instagram. "God continues to bless us. You have brought me so much joy and happiness from day 1."

As the 2023-2024 NBA season heats up, the couple is just as focused on their philanthropic efforts off the court. In September 2023, they shared their intention to raise $50 million for Oakland-area schools over the next three years through their charitable foundation, Eat. Learn. Play. "These kids deserve an opportunity to achieve their full potential, especially those from the Black and Brown communities," Steph told CBS News. Ayesha added, "It's the fact that these are three very simple things in life that every child should have access to, and so when you're not afforded these things, it's like, how can I even dream?"

Who is Steph Curry's Wife? All About Ayesha Curry

So, who is Steph Curry's wife, Ayesha Curry? The 34-year-old is a Canadian-American actress, New York Times best-selling author and television personality. Although she's not a formally trained chef, Ayesha Curry made a name for herself in the culinary industry after a cooking video went viral on YouTube in 2014. She went on to write two cookbooks, The Seasoned Life and The Full Plate, and she had her own show on Food Network for two seasons, titled Ayesha's Home Kitchen.

Steph Curry's wife has since gone on to expand her business beyond the small screen. Not only has she collaborated on pop-up restaurants in the larger San Francisco Bay Area, she launched her own cookware line, she delved into meal-delivery kit services, and she created the lifestyle brand Sweet July, which includes a magazine, a brick-and-mortar store, a product line, and a film partnership with Entertainment One.

How Long Have Ayesha and Steph Curry Been Married?

Steph Curry and his wife Ayesha have been married for 12 years. Their wedding took place on July 30, 2011. On their 10th anniversary, Steph and Ayesha Curry renewed their vows with their children, Riley, Ryan and Canon.

Ayesha and Steph Curry's Relationship Timeline

Ayesha and Steph Curry at the Met Gala
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How did it all begin? We can trace Steph and Ayesha Curry's romance back 20 years. Relive their relationship milestones here.

2003: Steph and Ayesha Curry Meet at Church

Long before the Golden State Warriors player clinched any championship title, Steph Curry met Ayesha Alexander in a church youth group when they were teenagers. The meet-cute took place in 2003, when Steph was 15 and Ayesha was 14. She recalled the moment in an interview with People, saying, "We were just kids. He was the cute boy at church that all of the girls were obsessed with, so I made a generalization that maybe he wasn't for me."

July 2008: Steph and Ayesha Curry Cross Paths Again

Life took both on separate paths. Steph went on to play basketball at Davidson College in North Carolina, while Ayesha moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting. In July 2008, Steph was in town for the ESPY Awards, so he contacted his old friend through Facebook Messenger to ask her out on a date.

Interestingly enough, Ayesha never wanted to be romantically involved with an athlete. "My parents found this paper from my high school theater class where you had to write down what you wanted in a significant other," she told People. "At the bottom, it said, 'No athletes because they're arrogant.'"

In a twist of fate, she had her first date with Steph Curry on Hollywood Boulevard. "I picked him up in my '98 Astro van," she said on Jimmy Kimmel Live in June 2019. "He had on 3XL shorts, so that's a sign of the times. It was our first official date," adding that they enjoyed a traditional tourist activity. "We did Madame Tussauds. Listen, we were 18 and 19, so if that, like, clarifies anything. And we got chai tea lattes."

July 2010: Steph Curry Proposes to Ayesha

After dating for two years, Steph Curry proposed to Ayesha in July 2010. "The plan was to act like we were going to a family cookout," the athlete recalled to Parents. "So we pulled up to the house and I stopped in the middle of the driveway, got down on my knee and went into my spiel. Little did I know the whole family was looking out the window."

Ayesha shared her own recount of the moment in an interview with the Charlotte Observer. "He asked me if I knew where we were standing. It was [in the driveway of my parents' house] the spot where we had our first kiss," she remembered. "He pulled me close and started saying all these sweet things and then dropped down on one knee. I was in a state of shock."

July 30, 2011: Steph and Ayesha Curry's Wedding Takes Place

Stephen Curry married Ayesha on July 30, 2011, at the church where it all began. The couple swapped vows at their childhood chapel in Charlotte, North Carolina, and went on to have their reception at Ballantyne Resort—and we have all the details on their big day below.

July 2012-July 2018: Steph and Ayesha Curry's Kids Join the Family

Not long after their nuptials, Ayesha and Steph Curry's kids joined their family. The couple's first daughter, Riley Elizabeth, was born on July 19, 2012. Three years later, Steph Curry's second daughter, Ryan Carson, was born on July 10, 2015. Finally, Steph Curry's son Canon W. Jack Curry was born on July 2, 2018.

September 2021: Ayesha and Steph Curry Renew Their Vows

Ayesha and Steph Curry renewed their wedding vows in an intimate ceremony to mark their 10th wedding anniversary. The couple ended up celebrating their latest relationship milestone with an intimate vow renewal to reaffirm their commitment and love.

"A couple of weeks ago @stephencurry30 surprised me with the most beautiful vow renewal ceremony," Ayesha wrote on Instagram. "He even picked out my dress for me and had it waiting." Indeed, Curry selected a floral brocade gown for his wife by Valentino.

The couple was joined by their little ones—each of whom had an established role in the nuptials. "Our big girl Riley officiated," said Ayesha. "Ryan and Canon walked me through the grass of our backyard. It's everything I've always dreamed of but didn't know could be possible in this way. A moment I will never forget. I love you @stephencurry30."

Inside Steph and Ayesha Curry's Wedding

On July 30, 2011, Steph and Ayesha Curry got married in the very church where they first locked eyes. The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Ballantyne Hotel, a luxury resort property in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ayesha Curry's wedding dress was a strapless taffeta gown by Amsale, and Steph opted for a grey tuxedo. According to the Charlotte Observer, the bride said, "During rehearsal, I kept telling him, 'You're not supposed to hold my hand,' but as soon as I saw Stephen I was like, 'Can I please hold your hand?!'"

On their 10th wedding anniversary, Steph Curry shared gratitude for his wife. "Never a day goes by I'm not thankful for your presence, your beauty, your spirit!" the athlete captioned a collage of photos that appeared to be from an anniversary trip. "Sexy as can be inside and out and continuing to show me how amazing our God is by the creation that you are. Blessed me with the three of the dopest humans around. You are the key to everything that I do," he added, concluding, "This is a major milestone — but more a moment to get excited about the next chapters ahead. Lucky I'm (still) in love with my best friend. To Antares and back…"

How The Couple Handles Life in the NBA Spotlight

Of course, having a long-lasting marriage in the public eye is no easy feat. Given Steph's stardom in the NBA and Ayesha's status as a lifestyle guru, the couple's romance has been on full display for over a decade. While chatting with The Knot in 2016, Ayesha Curry gave a few sage marriage tips that indicate how they make their relationship thrive in the spotlight. "Talk it out," she suggested at the time. "I have a long-term [pointer], which is talking it out. It applies to every year [of marriage]. Just make sure the lines of communication are open. If you have something mean to say, say it. If you have something nice to say, say it. Whatever it is, say it. And don't hold anything in. Don't go to bed mad at each other. It's been our rule."

She also encouraged couples to show grace when necessary. "I'm a dweller," she said. "And over the years, I've learned not to focus on the small things, and to look at the bigger picture. That's really helped."

With reporting by Esther Lee.

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