The Secret to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's 27-Year Marriage

The couple hosted a surprise wedding in 1996, and we're still obsessed.
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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 12, 2023

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are two of the biggest names in country music—and they have country music to thank for their decades-long love story. The singers first met at a Nashville gig for up-and-coming talent in 1994. Two years later, Faith joined Tim's tour as an opening act, and, well, the rest is history. Now, after 27 years of marriage, Tim McGraw and his wife Faith Hill are stronger than ever.

Considering they have one of Hollywood's longest celebrity marriages, there's so much to love about Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Here, we look back on their complete relationship timeline, breaking down when they met, details from their surprise wedding, what they're up to today, and the secret to how they've made their marriage last so long in the spotlight.

  • Faith Hill and her husband Tim McGraw met in 1994 at a music event in Nashville. They began dating two years later.
  • While on tour together in 1996, Tim McGraw proposed to Faith Hill during a show.
  • Faith Hill and Tim McGraw got married at a family home on October 6, 1996.
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have three daughters together: Gracie, Audrey and Maggie.
  • In October 2023, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary.

In this article:

The Latest News on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Relationship

In October 2023, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw celebrated a major occasion: their 27th wedding anniversary! To honor the milestone, Tim McGraw shared the first photo he and his wife took together. "This is the very first picture ever taken of us, the very first time we ever met back in spring of 1994," he reminisced on Instagram. "This was backstage of the 'New Faces' show at the Country Radio Seminar......I fell for you in an instant! Today is our 27th wedding anniversary and I fall for you everyday, every time you walk into the room, every time I see you in our 3 beautiful daughter's smiles. I just keep falling and always will. Happy anniversary my love! @faithhill"

How Long Have Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Been Married?

Faith Hill and her husband Tim McGraw have been married for 27 years. After meeting in 1994, they wed in 1996 and have been happily together ever since.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Relationship Timeline

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1994: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Meet

Before they became the faces of country music in the late 1990s and 2000s, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw were two aspiring singers trying to make it in the biz. They met in 1994 at a music event showcasing up-and-coming talent in Nashville, Tennessee. At the time, Tim was dating Kristine Donahue and Faith was engaged to Scott Hendricks.

1996: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Go on Tour Together

Two years later, Faith Hill joined Tim McGraw's Spontaneous Combustion tour as an opening act—and after they split with their respective partners, they began dating each other. "We were young and silly and goo-goo-eyed in love," Tim told People of their connection.

Within weeks, Tim McGraw proposed to Faith Hill…while they were on stage, that is! In an October 2015 video shared on Twitter, the singer recalled how he popped the question to his then-girlfriend. "We were in the dressing room, here, June 26, 1996, and it was raining and stuff and we'd been on tour for a while together, and I joked around with her about getting married," he began. "And so I looked at her, grabbed her by the hands, and dropped forward [on my knees] onstage. She said, 'We're at a country music festival in a trailer house, and you're asking me to marry you?' And I said, 'Yeah.' So I went onstage … When I came back offstage, [I saw] a Sharpie with lipstick kisses all over it, saying, 'Yes! I'm gonna be your wife.' "

1996: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Get Married

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's wedding took place on October 6, 1996. The couple tricked their friends and family by inviting them to a charity softball event—but when they arrived, they were surprised with a vow swap instead. Keep scrolling to see all the details from Tim McGraw and wife Faith Hill's wedding.

1997-1998: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's First Two Daughters Are Born

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw with their daughters
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The following year, this longtime Hollywood couple became parents for the first time. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's daughter Grace was born on May 5, 1997. She was upgraded to big sister status on August 12, 1998, with the birth of the couple's second child, Maggie.

July 2000: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Go on Tour Together

Amid their skyrocketing careers, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw finally embarked on a joint tour together in July 2000, which served as a sweet nod to their meet-cute.

December 2001: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Third Daughter Is Born

After the couple's tour ended, they welcomed their third daughter, Audrey, on December 6, 2001.

October 2006: Tim McGraw Gets a Hollywood Star

After the second iteration of their joint tour in 2006, Faith Hill proudly supported her husband when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This career milestone fatefully occurred the same month that the couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.

June 2014: Tim McGraw Shares How Faith Hill Supported His Sobriety

Tim McGraw gave a huge shoutout to his wife in a 2014 interview with Men's Health, where he largely credited her for helping his sobriety journey. "When your wife tells you it's gone too far, that's a big wake-up call," he told the outlet. "That, and realizing you're gonna lose everything you have."

October 2016: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Go on Tour Together Again

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill singing together
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Third tour's a charm! In October 2016, Tim Mcgraw and his wife Faith Hill delighted fans by announcing they'd be embarking on a third tour together. "We are going back on the road on tour," she said in front of a Nashville crowd. "We are going to go from side to side, south to north and around the globe!"

November 2021: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Act Alongside Each Other

Off the heels of their 25th wedding anniversary, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill had another thrilling project in the works. They starred alongside each other as a married couple in 1883, the prequel to Paramount's wildly popular drama Yellowstone. Tim reflected on the exciting experience with Entertainment Weekly, saying, "To see my beautiful wife on horseback, firing guns, and having dirt all over her face, I just sit in awe. She's a strong woman…[creator] Taylor [Sheridan] said early on to me, 'Man, you'll just get on that horse. You're not scared of anything.' I said, 'I'm scared of one thing. She's right over there.'"

Inside Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Wedding

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill pulled off the *ultimate* surprise wedding in 1996—by disguising it as a sporting event! The fiancés invited a select group of loved ones to Tim's aunt's house in Louisiana for a charity softball match. But once the invitees arrived, they were shocked to see the bride in a wedding dress and the groom in a suit.

"We got off the bus and all my family was there and they were prepared to play softball and we get out in wedding clothes and got married under a locust tree in my aunt's backyard," Tim recalled on an episode of LIVE! With Regis and Kelly in 2011, adding that his family members were completely unsuspecting. "My sisters were a little upset because they wanted to dress up."

The Secret to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Long Marriage

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on Entertainment Tonight
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So, what's the secret to Faith Hill and husband Tim McGraw's marriage? During an interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada in August 2023, Tim opened up about the relationship advice they swear by. "We just made a commitment early on, when we first decided we were getting married and having kids, that we wouldn't just walk out the door when problems arose," he shared.

He further praised his wife in a conversation with Zane Lowe on his Apple Music podcast the same month. "I guarantee you, had I not gotten married to Faith at 29 years old, A, I probably would've ran my career into the ground, and B, I would've died already with my career into the ground – one or the other, and it wouldn't have ever been where it's at now."

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