It wasn’t happily ever after shantel van santen and Victor Webster.
After meeting on the set of Love Blossom, a Hallmark Channel movie that followed VanSanten’s character working with Webster’s character to meet a production deadline for a new perfume following the death of his father, the duo became friend. They later struck up a romance.
After posting photos of their various date nights and trips across social media for years, they celebrated their fourth anniversary in February 2021.
“Happy 4 years of being stuck with me @therealshantel Seems like a lifetime, a wonderfully adventurous lifetime,” Webster wrote via Instagram at the time. “Through thick and thin, ups and downs, and everything the world has tried to throw at us, you still managed to put up with me. I love you babe, happy anniversary. ❤️”
That same month, he popped the question.
“We hiked 2000 feet to the top of the mountain where @iamvictorwebster first told me he loved me years ago! What happened next still has me in shock…she told me she wanted to spend forever with me, she got down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him! VanSanten explained at the time through Instagram. “I didn’t say anything for a while, not because of the suspense although it would have been a good joke, but since my legs stopped working, I had to sit down and I couldn’t stop crying and kissing him… I forgot to say. nothing at all… BUT OBVIOUSLY I SAID YES!!! I can’t wait to spend FOR-EV-ER with my best friend! IF THE KING LOVES YOU.”
The couple had three wedding ceremonies: They were first married at the Pasadena City Hall in California on the anniversary of VanSanten’s grandparents.
“When my grandfather passed away unexpectedly on Father’s Day, the heartbreak was unbearable; I had been planning for him to walk me down the aisle in Minnesota. In my grief, I looked at Victor and told him I wanted to do a spontaneous civil ceremony on my grandparents’ wedding date, August 9,” the One Tree Hill alum told Brides.com. “The idea of my grandparents getting together and watching our ceremony from above gave me a bit of peace. They were married for 63 years, they had such a special and deep love. They were the example for me of how love is a choice and requires work. It wasn’t perfect, but their love was always pure.”
She added: “I am very grateful for this spontaneous decision to have a civil ceremony with my parents present; It was the only opportunity my mother had to be a part of our union, since she was in the ICU for the other two weddings, fighting for her life.”
In October 2021, VanSanten and Webster married again in Napa, California. They held a third wedding in Minnesota for their family members who were unable to travel for the nuptials.
“Through all of this, the most important lesson that Victor and I have learned is the resilience of the human spirit and our hearts,” he gushed to the outlet. “As I looked to my side, when I felt the world was falling apart, there was my rock, my home, my husband. As there are chapters to write ahead, we will surely experience more difficulties in this great adventure. I couldn’t be more confident that we can get through anything together.”
Less than two years later, Us Weekly confirmed that Webster filed for divorce. She cited irreconcilable differences and listed the date of separation from her as January 10, 2023.
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