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Gretchen Rossi may have gotten the boot from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County after Season 8, but this blonde bombshell isn’t going to let that get her down. If there’s one thing that Gretch is taking from the show and holding close, it’s her relationship with Slade Smiley. The reality TV couple is still going strong — even after their stint on Marriage Boot Camp — and recently celebrated a huge milestone together!

“Thank you @sladesmiley for the last five amazing years! We have been through so much together & our love always pulled us through, despite all the people who claimed we wouldn't make it. You are truly my best friend first which makes our relationship so easy. You have taught me what unselfish love looks like & I fall more in love with you everyday,” Gretchen shared on Instagram last week. “Thank you for loving me the way you do (even with all my quirks) & telling me every single morning how beautiful I am (even w/out makeup on) You are the most loving wonderful man I have ever known & I'm am so blessed to have found you.”

Aww, Gretch! To many more years together, including babies and marriage one day!” the reality star continued. “I love you with all my heart. Happy 5 yr Anniversary! #happiestgirlever #soblessed #solucky #skepticscansuckit #truelove #real #passion #bestfriends #soulmate #foreverlove.” We’ll forgive the hashtag abuse because this is probably the most adorable thing we’ve read.

There’s still no word on that wedding, but it seems like they’re ready to jump into things soon and start a family! We’ll never forget Gretchen’s emotional song asking Slade to marry her — it was one of the highlights of Season 8, after all. But we could really use some wedding bells in the near future — and a camera on-scene to catch the big day for all of us to watch.

Do you hope Gretchen and Slade get married soon? Are you surprised they’ve lasted this long? Hit the comments and sound off!

Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!