Before he could legally marry Christine Baumgartner, he had to solve a number of problems inside himself that had kept him from doing so before. When it was finally time to get married, Kevin Costner only had one request for his new wife. “He really wanted Christine to have a wedding she’ll remember for the rest of her life,” said the wedding planner who took care of their wedding in 2004. On that day, the actor made sure that the wedding he was planning for his lady love would be one she would remember for the rest of her life. He also gave her the start of what would become a wonderful and fulfilling marriage between the two of them.

Kevin Costner went through a hard divorce in 1994. Since then, he has either been single or been in short-term relationships that didn’t work out. Since then, he had mostly been working on his career. When he met Christine Baumgartner on a golf course, he was not yet ready to love someone with all his heart. The couple started dating in 1999. “When I met Christine, I wasn’t prepared to be in love again,” said Kevin Costner, as reported by Hooch. But since she had become a part of his life, he could see how things were starting to fit together better.

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Kevin Costner wasn’t ready to get married, even though he and his girlfriend had very different ideas about having kids and even though he was in a great relationship with her. “Fear kept me from marrying Christine. [She] wanted a child, but I was afraid I couldn’t be an effective father.” the actor had said.

According to Country Living, the fact that Kevin Costner had four children from previous relationships at the time of their short breakup in 2002 was one reason why he didn’t want any more kids.

“She said, ‘I’m going to wait for you, but not long. When you come to your senses, come back to me’,” he told Parade. “And I did.”

“After dating for four years, I woke up and thought, ‘Am I going to lose a beautiful woman who is willing to be with me to my very last breath because I am afraid to say yes to a child?’ That’s all it took.”

The ceremony of their 2004 wedding, which took place on Kevin Costner’s beautiful ranch, showed their family and friends how much they were meant to spend the rest of their lives together. “It was intimate, very romantic and beautiful,” said one of the guests, according to People. “The highlight for me was the look Kevin had as he watched Christine walk toward him. They’re madly in love and it showed.”

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After the couple had their own children, Kevin Costner showed how much he loved his wife and kids by always being there for them. Even though Kevin Costner has been married for almost 15 years, he doesn’t waste a single day making sure that his family is happy. He does a lot to make sure his wife and kids are always happy.

“Playing hard” for his family makes him love life even more, and Christine Baumgartner loves him more and more every day because of it. He is in his mid-60s now, and these two things give him and Christine Baumgartner even more reasons to love life. “I try to stay relevant because I have three kids I play with. I play hard and I try to take care of myself. I have a beautiful wife and I don’t want her to look anywhere else,” he said, according to Mirror. “I want to be something for her. I want to stay interested in life.”

When asked what the secret to the success of their marriage was, he said: “Maybe it’s the ability to say you’re sorry. I know that sounds so simple. If you’re willing to tell somebody that you love them, are you also willing to say you’re sorry? You need to, even when you think you’re in the right.”

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When it’s really important, he can put his partner’s feelings ahead of his own. Since they started dating about twenty years ago, they have loved and respected each other, and that doesn’t seem to have changed.