In 1996, the world was a different place. People favored loud guitars over synthesizers and mid-drift bearing tops over dresses made out of meat. They would rather bang their heads than shakes their hips, and the masses would sooner rock Airwalks than Louboutins. The band No Doubt was gaining notoriety and soon became the opening act on tour for the music group Bush, one of the biggest bands at the time. That was where things began.
Stefani, the lead singer of No Doubt, and Bush’s front man Rossdale reportedly began dating shortly after meeting on the tour, and their relationship quickly became almost an iconic symbol of the Ska/Punk/Grunge/Alternative scene of the time.
As time passed by, pop culture trends and music preference changed. The dulcet tones of various dueling boy bands were on the upswing, and we now had Carrie Bradshaw to tell us how to dress. Gone was the rebellious nature and slightly dirty feel of the 1990’s, but the Rossdale-Stefani relationship still held strong.
In early 2002, the couple confirmed their plans to marry after Rossdale proposed to Stefani on New Year’s Day. And the engagement ring that Stefani was soon seen sporting around town was alternative, unique, and just like the lifestyle the couple embodies, rock and roll chic.
Designed by Rossdale himself, Stefani’s engagement ring is a wide white gold band encrusted with diamonds that the singer worked on in Amsterdam before he popped the question.
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And on September 14th, 2002, the rocker pair exchanged wedding rings, twice. First in London in front of an audience of 150 guests, and again two weeks later in a slightly smaller California ceremony. Both times the bride wore a custom designed pink and white gown designed by John Galliano.
Over the years, the couple has faced their share of difficulties, most notable a previously unknown lovechild from Rossdale’s past, a situation that publicly surfaced in 2004, but seemed to have come through mostly unscathed.
Both have enjoyed success in their various musical endeavors, Stefani now heads her L.A.M.B fashion label, and the two enjoy a relatively quiet family life with their two sons, Kingston and Zuma.
The world has seen them endeavor and evolve over the past 12 years, both individually and as a couple. Recently there have been a lot of celebrity couples tying the knot and we wish them the kind of success that these two have enjoyed. Happy Anniversary Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale.