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Julianne Hough sends out a heartfelt message to her new hubby Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 30: Dancer Julianne Hough (R) and NHL player Brooks Laich arrive at the Television Academy's cocktail reception for The 67th Emmy Award Nominees for Outstanding Choreography at Montage Beverly Hills on August 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

The honeymoon may be over for newly-married couple Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich, but that’s okay, because their love life has entered a whole new stage that, according to the bride, is “even better.”

On Aug. 30, the “Dancing With the Stars” pro honored her husband on Instagram with a special note, and a throwback photo from their picturesque, post-wedding vacation.

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#tbt to our incredible honeymoon! As amazing as it was (take me back), I feel so lucky that our "real life" is even better than "the honeymoon phase". I love that I get to wake up next to you every single day, and that we walk side by side in all we do. I love that my random thoughts throughout the day no longer revolve around the words me, or I, rather, we and us! I'm so grateful that you are the kind of man that starts a conversation about masculinity to show others the kind of love I'm so fortunate to experience every day. (If you haven't seen it yet, go to @brookslaich and read his last post). Brooks, I look up to you as a human, as a friend, and as my husband. You encourage me to be the best version of myself and I hope I do the same for you. I love you! ❤️❤️❤️

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Julianne wrote, “As amazing as it was (take me back), I feel so lucky that our ‘real life’ is even better than ‘the honeymoon phase.’ I love that I get to wake up next to you every single day, and that we walk side-by-side in all we do. I love that my random thoughts throughout the day no longer revolve around the words ‘me,’ or ‘I,’ [but] rather, ‘we’ and ‘us.’ ”

She went on to say that she’s proud of Brooks for starting “a conversation about masculinity” on his own social pages as a way “to show others the kind of love I’m so fortunate to experience every day.” She then encouraged fans to visit her hubby’s page to see his inspiring post. You can check it out below.

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You will quite often see me posting about my wife and how much I love and respect her. First and foremost it's to honor her, and a way of showing how grateful I am to have her in my life. But secondly, it's also to help change the narrative of what 'masculinity' is. Quite often in the culture of sport, the perceived notion of 'masculinity' is being a "Type-A aggressive personality". But that doesn't have to and shouldn't translate to every part of your life – most notably your relationship with your spouse, family, and friends. I want others to know that you can absolutely channel pure intensity and competitiveness in the game in which you are competing in, but can then also channel absolute love and admiration in the relationship you are in! It doesn't have to be one or the other. Be fierce in competition, and be heartfelt in love. A truly masculine man can be both! Would love to hear what you think and engage in a conversation. Please share your thoughts below! Much love 🙏 -BL

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“Brooks, I look up to you as a human, as a friend, and as my husband. You encourage me to be the best version of myself and I hope I do the same for you. I love you! ❤️❤️❤️,” Julianne added in her post.

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How touching!

Julianne and Brooks exchanged vows on July 8 while surrounded by family and friends in a romantic outdoor setting in Idaho. We’re so glad to see that they’ve happily kissed their single days goodbye!

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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