But, to be fair, Property Brothers‘ Drew Scott and his twin brother Jonathan Scott didn’t build their estimated $20 million empire by using an abundance of caution.
So when Linda Phan, the woman who caught his eye at a fashion show, tried to call it a night after sushi and hot chocolate he made a play to keep the evening going. Recalling their first date to People, she said, “I thought, OK, I’m going to duck out and head to this party. And Drew said, ‘Oh, I’ll come.’ And in my head I thought, I didn’t really invite you, but sure.”
His smooth maneuver paid off. The couple spent the remainder of that 2010 evening singing together at a karaoke party. Or as Phan put it, “Longest first date ever.”
Though the HGTV personality says he “knew instantly” he wanted to make 35-year-old Phan his bride, he played the long game, taking some six years to put together his elaborately planned proposal.
And two years ago, the home design power couple (Phan has long since signed on as Scott Brothers Entertainment’s creative director) sealed their forever in front of 300 guests, the flower-filled Italian ceremony Scott dubbed “magical” capping off days of events. “There was never a thought of doing anything else for both of us,” the 42-year-old told People of scheduling cooking classes, and bicycle tours and an Apulian style welcome party leading up to the big day. “A whole week to hang out on a beach, enjoy each others’ company: that sounded like the perfect wedding to us.”
Hard same on his part. “Every day I count my lucky stars that you chose me,” he said in his own anniversary post. “Every love story has its own beauty. But I have to admit that ours is my favorite.”
Those compliments didn’t roll off the tongue quite so easily when he connected with Phan backstage. Hunting for pizza and sipping on water with one of her three sisters, she was bemused, she told People when “Drew came up to me and said, ‘Hey, where’d you get that water?” Groaned Drew, “I was so smooth.”
For Scott the romance was solidified not long after, when he brought Phan to meet his twin brother Jonathan and their high school pal Pedro. As he explained to The New York Times, his trio of boys were so close, they were often finishing each other’s jokes.
And when Pedro keyed up the setup to a quip, it was Phan who tossed out the punchline, causing Scott to whisper in Jonathan’s ear that this woman was a keeper. “In that one moment, I knew we were on the same parallel,” he said. “When you’re in love, you mesh that way.”
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Their inaugural fixer-upper series Property Brothers made its debut on Canadian cable in 2010, and got picked up by HGTV the following year. And as their empire expanded—their debut series now airs in more than 150 countries and they’ve produced several spinoffs not to mention a lengthy list of merchandise that includes everything from home décor to original songs—Phan joined the family business.
While she admits some doubted her choice to live and work with her boyfriend, “There’s an ease to it,” she told People. “You wake up and you go to work. It’s nice and really convenient to be able to have meetings with the people you live with.”
Though at first glance, the 6-foot-4 HGTV personality and his 5-foot-2 bride-to-be may appear mismatched, the Canadians are on the same page about everything from a love of food (Drew digs ice cream; Phan favors pizza with goat cheese, olives, spinach, tomatoes, banana peppers and pineapple) to the importance of philanthropy. (A through line of their vows, they skipped a registry in favor of working with organization Me to We to raise funds to provide water to 50,000 people, a nod to his initial pickup line, and then spent their honeymoon months later doing charity work in Ecuador.)
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He took his own advice when putting together his December 2016 proposal. Spending weeks carefully crafting each step, he kept the meticulous details out of his emails and toted the 1.2-carat round-cut solitaire around with him so Phan wouldn’t stumble upon either. As he told People, “I’ve had to be as stealthy as a ninja to pull this off.”
Of course, that was nothing compared to the nuptials that followed, the destination affair bringing in friends and family from United States, Canada, Latin America and Scotland. “I love the fact that we get to hang out with family and friends, that’s the big thing for us,” he told E! News mere days before the affair.
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Last January, it was a subtle mention on fellow HGTV darling Joanna Gaines‘ Instagram page, Drew responding to the mom of five’s remark that she needed to get the next size up for then 6-month-old son Crew. “We’ll be having kids soon,” he commented, “so I’ll hit you up for hand me downs.”
With a burgeoning empire—their new lifestyle magazine Reveal, is the latest piece in a puzzle that includes furniture, decor lines, an app, multiple books and, of course, television series—it’s been tricky to follow through on that vow, but, “I don’t want to keep delaying,” he told People this January. “I’m not saying we have one ready to go, but hopefully soon! I think very soon you’ll see us announcing to the world.”
Because while he thinks he’ll be a pretty good dad, he knows “Linda is going to be an amazing mom.”
After all, he’s had a good eye from the start.