Phil and Renée first met after Bella encouraged her mother to start dating again to get out of her loneliness. They had a whirlwind romance and married the month that Bella turned 17. Phil was a minor league baseball player, his job often dragging him out of town, and Renée was left at home with Bella. Though she did not mind staying with her daughter, her husband's absence made her unhappy.
Renée and Phil are both present during Bella and Edward's wedding in Forks. After the wedding, they returned to Florida, but are informed that Bella had caught an illness on her honeymoon. Both of them are kept in the dark about her conversion to immortality and the birth of their new granddaughter, Renesmee.