After quietly planning their wedding for the last year, the Canadian ice dancer and the Toronto Maple Leafs player have announced that they they're officially married. Although the exact dates are unclear, Virtue and Rielly told Hello! Canada that there were two ceremonies, a private dinner at Noce in Toronto and another celebration at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany, Italy.
“We were on cloud nine,” said Virtue, who described their wedding as "magical."
The 34-year-old admitted she was conflicted at times about keeping their engagement and wedding plans private. "You know when something is just so meaningful to you that you simultaneously want to just hold on to it and protect it so fiercely, and also shout it from the rooftops?” she said.
Virtue opted for three couture designs from Jaclyn Whyte for her nuptials, which included a classic halter-style white dress for her Toronto celebration. The Olympian opted for a romantic pale pink strapless gown with mermaid train and a tea-length dress adorned with custom artwork by the designer for the Italian ceremony.
While many couples struggle with the wedding planning process, Virtue said the couple found it to be quite easy.
"There was no stress whatsoever, which I’m learning is rare…,"she said. "Doing all of that [planning] together was such a bonding process.”
Virtue revealed the pair are more motivated than ever to be "the very best partners for one another."
“I feel this immense responsibility. [Morgan] deserves someone who is at the top of their game, someone who is aiming to be the best version of themselves," she continued.
Virtue and Rielly have maintained a notably private relationship, with very few public details about their romance. Below, we take a look back on what we know about their love story.
Tessa Virtue and Morgan Rielly relationship timeline:
Pre-2020: Virtue and Rielly met through friends
In a 2023 interview with Shantelle Bisson on the "Without Losing Your Cool" podcast, Virtue said she and Rielly had been together for several years. The pair were introduced through "mutual friends."
Jan. 2020: Virtue and Rielly make first public appearance
Photos of Virtue and Rielly together at the MLSE charity event surfaced on social media. While neither of the athletes announced their relationship, fans took this photo as confirmation.
Morgan Rielly has a gf and I really hope its Tessa Virtue pic.twitter.com/XgogGS9YGx
— TIFFANY🥭 (@mangomoods) February 27, 2020
Feb. 2020: Auston Matthews reveals Rielly's relationship status
While he didn't name drop Virtue, Rielly's teammate Auston Matthews revealed on Barstool's "Spittin’ Chicklets" podcast, that he and Rielly hadn't been hanging out as much because he was too busy spending time with his new girlfriend.
“I was pretty upset with him for a while and I would chirp him and stuff like that because he kind of kept it quiet, he didn’t come out and say it..." Matthews said of Rielly's relationship, before going on to call Virtue "an absolute sweetheart."
March 2020: Virtue and Rielly appear together during an Instagram live stream
Virtue and Rielly finally confirmed their relationship on a live stream with Arkells singer Max Kerman. At the time, marking the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pair were in quarantine together.
April 2020, keeping each other sane in quarantine
In April 2020, Rielly spoke to journalists during the break from hockey about how he was navigating the pandemic and quarantine.
“We are both kind of in it together,” Rielly said about spending time with Virtue. “We are trying to keep each other sane. I don’t want to say too much about it, but … I’m glad in a time like this that I’m not alone. We all need somebody to talk to.”
July 2022: The pair continue to keep a low-profile
After the excitement of confirming dating rumours, the new couple maintained an extremely private relationship with very little sightings together in public or social media. On July 1, 2022, Virtue shared a collage of Canada Day photos on Instagram featuring a small, mysterious glimpse of her then-boyfriend with her arm wrapped around him.
Dec. 2022: Virtue hints at engagement
On New Year's Eve 2022, the ice dancer shared a message alongside a black and white photo of herself and Rielly walking down a street with their arms around each other.
"So long 2022 ... you were a special one," she wrote.
Jan. 2023: The couple confirms their engagement
Virtue confirmed her and Rielly's engagement during an appearance on Bisson's podcast. She detailed how her relationship with the athlete changed her view on relationships.
"I was very guarded for a long time, and I wouldn't give out my phone number, I wouldn't open up — I was very insular," she shared. "I think that's changed, though. I feel much more open now, and maybe that's just getting comfortable with who I am and what I want, and also, being a good judge of character helps."
In a separate interview with Sports Illustrated, Rielly added he felt "very fortunate" to be engaged to Virtue.
June 2023: Rielly teases wedding plans
Speaking with Narcity, the Maple Leafs defensemen candidly shared that the pair were deep in wedding planning-mode. Rielly said he and Virtue are "extremely happy," and "definitely have a plan."
"I don't know how much I want to divulge, but we're extremely happy, we're really looking forward to it. We're in a great place," he said. "This is a great time in our lives, so we're just having fun with it."
October 2023: Rielly spotted with wedding band
In October of last year, Rielly shared a set of photos to Instagram that gave fans a glimpse at his wedding band. The photos set off a firestorm of speculation that the pair had secretly tied the knot.