We Just Realized Mariska Hargitay Is Married to 'Younger' Star Peter Hermann

And they have the sweetest love story.

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This may not come as news to some, but did you know that Law and Order's Mariska Hargitay is married to star Peter Hermann? If you weren't aware of this fun fact, then we hereby give you permission to freak out a little bit. Hermann plays senior book editor Charles Brooks on the popular TV Land series—and one thing he and his character certainly have in common is dashing good looks.

Hargitay and Hermann met on the set of back in November 2001. Hargitay tried making a joke to break the ice with the actor, but "he didn't think I was funny," she told . Thankfully things took a turn for the better several months later, when the two were discussing religion and Hermann suggested they attend church together. "I just about passed out when I saw him there," Hargitay told InStyle. "I thought, that's my husband."

Her premonition was spot on. Hermann popped the question in 2004, and the couple wed on August 28 of that year at the Unitarian Historical Chapel in Santa Barbara in front of 200 guests. "I recited my vows so loudly you could have heard them in Oregon, but Mariska's were quiet and small," Hermann told InStyle.

The genetically blessed couple had their first son, August, in 2006, then went on to adopt two more children in 2011—first their daughter, Amaya, now 6, followed by their youngest son, Andrew, now 5.

"Being a wife and mother is my life, and that gives me the most joy," Hargitay told when she recently opened up about losing her mother, Jayne Mansfield, 50 years ago. "I understand [my mother] in a new way that gives me peace. Now I understand the love she had in her, and it makes me feel closer to her."

If you still aren't convinced of this couple's absolute perfection, here are some photos that will make you so happy Hermann is her man. (Sorry, we had to!)

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She couldn't look happier about their engagement, in 2004.
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He seems like the best dad (with his three children and Hargitay in 2013).
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They share the same passions (watching the US Open in 2014).
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He makes her laugh.
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He supports her.
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He's clearly a great kisser.
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And well, he's gorgeous.
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What more could you ask for?
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Just look at how he looks at her. 😍
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