Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds enjoy rare date night

Gemma Strong

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds enjoyed their first public date night as parents this week. The picture-perfect couple were dressed to impress at they stepped out together for a Deadpool fan event in New York City on Monday.

It was a special evening for the pair, who have not made a red carpet appearance together since welcoming their 14-month-old daughter James in December 2014.

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds enjoyed their first public date night as parents

Style icon Blake, 28, looked stunning in a Chanel Haute Couture white dress featuring colourful rhinestone embellishment as she supported her husband's new superhero movie. She teamed the dress with strappy heels, diamond earrings and wore her hair in loose Hollywood waves.

Not to be outdone, her husband looked dapper in a blue suit and tie with a polkadot white and blue shirt.

Blake and Ryan, 39, have been married since September 2012, and are completely smitten with one another – in fact, their love has only grown stronger since welcoming their baby girl.

"When that happens you fall so much in love with your partner. It's a pretty crazy experience," Ryan told E! News shortly after James' arrival. "What blows my mind is that it is so common yet it is so profound at the same time. Something so many people do."

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The stars only had eyes for each other at the Deadpool event

The couple have chosen to keep their daughter out of the spotlight, but Ryan in particular has been open about his experiences of parenthood.

"I'm surprised how patient I am with it," Ryan told GQ in September. "I feel like I could sometimes have a bit of a short fuse, but there's just been this weirdly endless supply of patience.

"I have no problem waking up five times in the middle of the night and changing diapers, and as exhausted as you get, I have this stupid grin on my face all the time. And that's not because I have a nanny or something like that. It's just us right now, and I love it."

Like Blake, who is the youngest of four children, Ryan is the youngest of four boys. The couple have made no secret of their wish to have a big family.

"I genuinely like it. I like being a father. I like having a daughter," said Ryan. "I would like to have more kids. You know, it seems to suit me pretty well."

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