How Did Carey Mulligan & Marcus Mumford Meet?

I am a sucker for a singer-songwriter and have had a little crush on the talented Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons. I was very into the whole neo-folk thing coming out of England, and Laura Marling and Mumford were my indie-folk musician couple dream come true. When they broke up, I felt like all of those brilliantly beautiful love songs were just a lie (I was in mourning), but my spirits were lifted when news broke that after just a few months, the ethereal Carey Mulligan had married Mumford in England. But, hold up. How did Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford meet? How did this talented and hip and cute couple find each other so swiftly? Well, their story actually started quite a long time ago.

Although being wooed by Mumford doesn't seem like it would take very long after listening to his band's albums and hopelessly romantic lyrics, it turns out that Mulligan and Mumford have a story that would fit right into a Jane Austen novel. Before their nine month courtship that ended in a wedding in 2012, Mulligan and Mumford were childhood pen pals! Too good to be true, right? Well, rumor has it that they both attended a Christian church camp — they both grew up in religious families — when they were about 12 years old. The story is widely published although the couple has stayed pretty mum on the subject. Mumford's parents, both still involved in their evangelical church, officiated the couple's marriage in 2012. Awww.

Before getting together, both Mulligan and Mumford dated around. As mentioned above, Mumford dated fellow singer Marling. As for Mulligan, after a little fling with Eddie Redmayne, she was seen out and about with Jake Gyllenhaal. They both attended a Mumford & Sons house party in Nashville in February 2011., and either she was just friends with Gyllenhaal or she dropped him real quick, because the following month, Mulligan and Mumford were spotted together and looking very cozy.

In a story out of a fairytale, the old friends reunited. Mumford started a tour soon after, but the two kept their romance alive and began a life back in England, where they wed less than a year after they began dating. And it seems like their alleged pen pal past helps them keep their love alive despite the distance they often find between them because of their busy schedules. Mulligan explained that she and Mumford write each other love letters in an interview with The Telegraph:

I think they’re becoming a lost art form, which is very sad. To have a love letter from someone, to hold it in your hand and know that you can keep it for your whole life… well that’s an amazing thing.

Sighhhh. Seems like they've got something very special going on and given each of their knacks for the written word and creativity, I have no doubt those letters must be epic. In her Vogue feature, Mulligan's friend Tom Sturridge had lovely things to say about her relationship with her husband, sharing, “One of the first things I think about Carey is how I feel when I’m in their presence... It’s a very special thing. It’s not often talked about what a wonderful feeling it is to see someone that you care about love and be loved.” And now with the reports that Mulligan is pregnant, it sounds like there will be even more love surrounding this talented couple for a long time to come.

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