Mark Consuelos Says Wife Kelly Ripa Is Someone He Can 'Dream with' Ahead of 28th Anniversary (Exclusive)

Ripa and Consuelos eloped in Las Vegas on May 1, 1996

<p>Eugene Gologursky/Getty</p> Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have been married for nearly three decades — and the latter is sharing why their romance works.

Consuelos, 52, and Ripa, 53, eloped at Las Vegas' the Chapel of the Bells on May 1, 1996. The couple — who share sons Michael, 26, Joaquin, 21, and daughter Lola, 22 — will celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary this year.

Asked specifically to share advice for finding long-term love, Consuelos told PEOPLE at the N.Y.C. premiere for Max's The Girls on the Bus, "Find someone you can dream with."

Related: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' Relationship Timeline

Consuelos teased that he's "got a couple years" before he has to plan for their "big" thirtieth anniversary ("I have to come up with something big"), but this year, they'll "just relax."

First up, though, will be Consuelos' 54th birthday on March 30. That too, he said, will be characterized by relaxation. "I am doing a quiet nothing," the actor told PEOPLE.

"We've been on a run for the past six or seven weeks," he said. "I can't wait to just relax, sleep in my own bed for a while and enjoy that."

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Ripa and Consuelos already marked their upcoming relationship milestone with a trip back to their wedding venue. The pair recreated their wedding photos in February, with Ripa later telling PEOPLE, "It was really romantic, though. It was very sweet. We cherish those memories, still to this day. It's been 28 years and we still can remember every minute of that wedding."

<p>Roy Rochlin/Getty</p> Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos in Oct. 2023

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos in Oct. 2023

Girls on the Bus is a political series chronicling female journalists on the road to cover candidates in a presidential election. Consuelos' character is an actor-turned-politician.

"When I was first pitched the role, [I was told that] he's an action star who takes a Twitter poll with his fans to see if he has a chance to do a good," explained Consuelos of his arc. "And it came back overwhelmingly positive. So he said, 'Why not do it? I can do this, I do everything else.' And it's quite remarkable that he actually thinks he has the chops to do it — but I think anything's possible in this world."

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