If Joanna Gaines were to pen her love story, she likely wouldn’t use terms like fairytale romance. Love at first sight would be out as well.
Rather when pragmatic, methodical Joanna Stevens sat across from goofy, eternally optimistic Chip Gaines back on that first date in late 2001, she was already mentally writing him off as a forever prospect. “For one thing, I was typically attracted to guys who were more on the quiet side,” she explained in Magnolia Journal’s summer issue. “Based on our first date, it was clear that Chip was anything but quiet. He was all over the place, talking about the businesses he’d started, and these ideas he had, and how he was buying up little houses and flipping them, and I was wondering if he was just a bit crazy.”