Going strong: Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi looked happily in love while celebrating their 18th anniversary in Montecito, California on Thursday

Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi cross arms while celebrating their 18th anniversary in Montecito

Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi looked happily in love as they celebrated their 18th anniversary in Montecito, California on Thursday.

As the couple headed back to their car after purchasing two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies from Honor Market, the comedian, 64, and the Arrested Development star, 49, exchanged a laugh while tossing cozy fall jumpers.

For their laid-back date, the Emmy Award-winning talk show host smiled while her other half dutifully stayed by her side on the sidewalk.

Going strong: Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi looked happily in love while celebrating their 18th anniversary in Montecito, California on Thursday

Portia, who was born and raised in Geelong, Australia, has been helping herself with her spouse.

The Sirens star showed off her natural beauty for the occasion while going makeup-free as she tossed her platinum blonde tresses into a low bun.

Earlier in the day, DeGeneres took to Instagram to share a heartfelt tribute to her anniversary with her 127 million Instagram followers on Thursday.

18 years together: As the couple headed back to his car after buying two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies from Honor Market, the comedian, 64, and the Arrested Development star, 49, exchanged a laugh while tossing cozy fall jumpers

18 years together: As the couple headed back to his car after buying two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies from Honor Market, the comedian, 64, and the Arrested Development star, 49, exchanged a laugh while tossing cozy fall jumpers

Inseparable: For their laid-back date, the Emmy Award-winning talk show host smiled as her other half dutifully stayed by her side on the sidewalk

Inseparable: For their laid-back date, the Emmy Award-winning talk show host smiled as her other half dutifully stayed by her side on the sidewalk

Not only did Degeneres post a sweet selfie of them outside as the Australian actress, 49, put an arm around her at sunset, but gushed in her caption that she’s “falling more in love with her every day.”

“I’m so grateful for her love,” gushed the producer, who began dating de Rossi in 2004 after meeting at a party three years earlier.

The duo married in August 2008 after the ban on same-sex marriage was lifted in California.

Sweet: Portia, who was born and raised in Geelong, Australia, has been helping out with her spouse

Sweet: Portia, who was born and raised in Geelong, Australia, has been helping out with her spouse

After they first met, the Arrested Development star said she “really never stopped thinking about DeGeneres,” even though she was in a relationship with Francesca Gregorini at the time.

“I just haven’t felt that kind of energy in anyone in my life. So there’s that,” she said of her immediate spark.

Looking back at her first performance, de Rossi said she was still “closed” and “uncomfortable” with her sexuality.

Casual look: The Sirens star showed off her natural beauty for the occasion while going makeup-free as she tossed her platinum blonde tresses into a low bun

Casual look: The Sirens star showed off her natural beauty for the occasion while going makeup-free as she tossed her platinum blonde tresses into a low bun

From strength to strength: The duo married in August 2008 after the ban on same-sex marriage was lifted in California

From strength to strength: The duo married in August 2008 after the ban on same-sex marriage was lifted in California

“I just knew that being with her would bother me, so after that we didn’t get back together for about three years,” she told People last year.

During the same interview, DeGeneres noted in 2004, they reunited at a party and her now-wife, “She opened up and said she was thinking of me.”

‘It surprises me. It was a big deal for her to be seen with me. The very first time we were photographed together was when I walked her to the Golden Globes after party. And that’s when everyone knew we were together,” DeGeneres said.

Ultimately, de Rossi said, “I’ve just gotten to the point where I’ve put love above everything else. That was a unique feeling.”

Celebrations: Earlier in the day, DeGeneres shared a heartfelt tribute to her anniversary on Instagram with her 127 million Instagram followers on Thursday

Celebrations: Earlier in the day, DeGeneres shared a heartfelt tribute to her anniversary on Instagram with her 127 million Instagram followers on Thursday

Blissful: Alongside posting a sweet selfie of them outside as the Australian actress, 49, put an arm around her at sunset, Degeneres gushed in her caption that she's falling more in love with her every day.

Blissful: Alongside posting a sweet selfie of them outside as the Australian actress, 49, put an arm around her at sunset, Degeneres gushed in her caption that she’s falling more in love with her every day.

“Ellen really helped me with that just by being there and making me feel more comfortable with who I am – like there’s nothing wrong with being gay. I think that was the first time in my life that I felt like that was true,” she explained.

DeGeneres further praised her wife for always “leaving little notes when she goes somewhere” and for always being “thoughtful.”

Additionally, DeGeneres said she “couldn’t have endured the stress of being accused without encouraging her other half to have a toxic work environment on her show.”

“It was a terrible time in my life and it was rock solid. She kept me going and trying to help me put things in perspective,” the comedian said.

“I’m so grateful for her love,” gushed the producer, who began dating de Rossi in 2004 after meeting at a party three years earlier

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