Mark Hamill Celebrates His 44th Wedding Anniversary With Adorable Ceremony Photo

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 16: (LR) Marilou York and Mark Hamill arrive for the world premiere of

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 16: (L-R) Marilou York and Mark Hamill arrive for the world premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,’ the highly anticipated conclusion to the Skywalker saga on December 16, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

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Mark Hamill pays tribute to his wife Marilou Hamill on their 44th wedding anniversary.

To celebrate the big milestone of their wedding on Saturday, the star wars icon shared an adorable photo of himself and his wife at their nuptials over four decades ago and wrote a sweet tribute in the Instagram caption.

“We celebrate our 44th anniversary today. ❤️Thank you for saying ‘yes’ 🙏,” wrote Mark, 71, who shares three children with Marilou, including Nathan Elias, 43, Griffin Tobias, 39, and Chelsea Elizabeth, 34.

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Joining the celebration, Chelsea also shared a series of photos of her parents during their younger years as a couple.

“Happy birthday to these two. 💕💕💕,” she captioned the post, which Mark later shared on his Instagram Story.

A snapshot shows a photo of the couple sharing a sweet embrace while looking at each other’s faces. A second photo shows the couple walking alongside each other with big smiles on their faces as they were followed by a group of people.

The Hamills married in December 1978 at their Malibu home. In 1981, Mark and 67-year-old Marilou – who was a dental hygienist when she met her husband – gave PEOPLE a glimpse into the early years of their relationship.

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Their first date was a trip to the movies. “I took her Annie Hall to see if she had a sense of humor. I let women down if they didn’t,” Mark said at the time.

They returned to the cinema to see a screening of star wars. “There was this close-up of a minor figure, pulling her lips back over her teeth. She leaned over to me and whispered, ‘Bad caps,'” he recalled.

But Mark and Marilou stopped him because he became a household name. “I had to taste groupies and stardom,” he explained. “I went to Las Vegas to hang out with 38-year-old showgirls. It was exciting for about the first 10 minutes. Eventually I wanted something to hold on to – and a family.”

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Marilou “kept busy” during their split, she said. “I ran my own life. But all the time I thought I was good for him, so I was hoping we would get back together.”

Marilou opened up to hello america in April 2018 about how she and Mark kept their love in the spotlight. “We don’t live in town, so we’re not going to do all the party tours,” she said at the time.

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