First comes love? Then comes marriage? Then comes a baby in a baby carriage?
Try telling that to Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole.
The gorgeous couple has gone the non-traditional route with its romance, falling for each other and then having a baby... all without a single knot being tied.
Indeed, last week, Cole gave birth to a baby boy, providing the stars with their very first child together; and giving Payne a chance to gush over the newborn online.
"My close friends and family know there are very few times when I'm left speechless... wow!" the singer wrote as a caption to the precious photo down below.
He added on Instagram:
"I'm incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it's a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favourite memory I have so far.
"I'm completely in awe of his incredible mother and how she has been the whole way through this, she's really made my dreams come true.
"We haven't named him yet but he's already capturing hearts including mine. I feel very blessed."
Now, however, with the baby squared away and their relationship having been taken to a new level, fans are starting to wonder when it will be taken to yet another new level.
When will Payne and Cole get married?!?
According to an OK! Weekly source, the special event may take place in the somewhat near future, although Cole is in no rush because she's already been wed twice (to Ashley Cole and then to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini).
“Because this will be her third marriage, Cheryl doesn’t want a circus," an insider tells the tabloid, adding of Cole's dream nuptial scenario:
“She’d rather have just close friends and family. She’d also love the baby to be sitting on their laps in the wedding photos.”
Payne, however, "would still like a huge celebration," a different source tells Closer Magazine, explaining:
"He wants to shout about their wedding from the rooftop.”
Well, yeah. Isn't that how you'd feel if you were going to marry Cheryl Cole?!?
More reserved than her rumored husband-to-be, Cole shared the same photo of Payne and her brand new son above, writing as a straightforward caption at the time:
"On Wednesday Liam and I became parents to an incredibly beautiful, healthy baby boy looking like a dream.”
Despite their global popularity, which is off the proverbial charts in Great Britain, Cole and Payne are a pretty private twosome.
Good luck finding a photo of them out and about at a movie premiere together or even walking down the stree, holding hands together.
We'd imagine their spend even less time in the spotlight now that they have a little one at home, too.
Still, The Daily Star quotes a friend who is confident Liam will propose one of these days. He's just waiting for the perfect moment.
"There will definitely be wedding bells sooner than we expected," this newspaper writes.