In 2002, the pair got engaged after Chip sprang a sweet surprise proposal. He told Joanna they were going to a concert. In fact he got down on bended knee at a shopping mall. When Joanna said yes, he whisked her off to a jeweler so she could design her own engagement ring. “The most perfect night ever,” Joanna reminisced in her 2016 book, The Magnolia Story.
The pair got married in May 2003, holding their ceremony at, naturally enough, another historic mansion. Then they started doing what would eventually make them famous – flipping houses together – with Joanna taking on the interior design. That same year they opened their first store, Magnolia Market, in their hometown of Waco, Texas.
The pair also got to work starting a family. In 2005, when Joanna was 27, she gave birth to the couple’s first child. This was a little boy they named Drake. Two years later they had a girl, Ella Rose. But they didn’t stop there. After Ella Rose came Duke; and in 2010, they welcomed their fourth child, Emmie Kay.