1. Love at First Beard
“I met my husband at a gay bar. I looked at this guy with this beautiful beard and I thought, I’m going to marry that man.
It was the WEIRDEST thing! It was like every bone in my body directed me toward him. Time literally SLOWED DOWN! I walked over to him and said, ‘Can I touch your beard?’
That was February 2008, and we got married in September of that same year. Seven years later, I have never doubted for any moment that I married my soulmate. And I know how lucky I am. Can you imagine?
I LOOKED at this man, and some weird force that is so much more powerful than myself moved me to him.”
—Maegan Hagan via Facebook
2. One way Ticket to LOVE
“The first time I saw him, we were sitting at the gate for our flight to Chicago. I remember glancing over at him and thinking, Oh, wow, he’s cute. When I got to my seat, I saw that the seat beside me was empty and thought, How awesome would it be if he ended up next to me?
Sure enough, a family in his row wanted to sit together so he asked the flight attendant if he could take the empty seat beside me. We spent the entire flight discussing everything. And then, the flight landed.
He asked for my number and we went our separate ways. I was certain I would never hear from him again. I thought about him often, but eventually he faded into the ‘missed connections’ category. A few months later, out of the blue, he sent me [a message that said] ‘Happy New Year.’ We hit it off like nothing ever changed.
We’ve been married for three years now and have two children.”
—Sorahya Foster via Facebook
3. Fainting in Love
“I met my longtime boyfriend at an autopsy of a heroin addict. I fainted and he offered me crackers and it has now been five years and we are still happily in love.”
—Kelsey Lindberg via Facebook
4. Wanderlust and Wander Love
“I’m Australian and was traveling in the Middle East. I met my American now-husband in Alexandria, Egypt. He was in the Peace Corps in Moldova and had been traveling with some friends. We met in the hotel lobby; they were speaking Moldovan, then English, so I stopped to ask them, ‘What on earth?’
We all went out to dinner that night but I had to leave the next day to go back to Cairo. But I was stranded in Cairo, because my ferry to Jordan had been delayed by bad weather.
Two days later I’m walking through the bus station in Cairo and someone calls out my name. It’s my new handsome friend! And we’re getting on the same bus! We had an extra six hours to get to know each other. We were long-distance for the next year and a half, then I moved to America.
We got married last year and are still blissfully happy! You never know where you’ll find the one you’re meant to be with!”
—Bron Hardage Cannon via Facebook
5. The Lhasa Apso and the Silver Fox
“One mild February Texas night, I left the door open because I was waiting for a late date to arrive. While I waited, an adorable Lhasa Apso ran into my apartment, followed by an equally adorable silver fox of a guy.
We talked forever. Two months passed until an actual first date, which was the WORST either of us had ever had. Long story short, we were engaged five weeks later and married in March, a year after we met. (The other guy missed his chance. I can’t even remember his name.)“
—Jan Warren Moore via Facebook
6. Laughing With a Broken Car
“My car broke down during rush hour… I was standing helpless on the sidewalk looking desperately at my car. All I could do was laugh it off.
He saw me laugh from his vehicle and asked me why I was laughing if my car broke down. My answer? ‘I have two options: Be upset or be happy. I chose to be happy and laugh.’ So he pulled over and helped me with my car, and we became really good friends.
Two years later, we finally realized we’re in love… and looking forward to laughing off our problems.”
—andreanc via BuzzFeed
7. Karate Kick-Start My Heart
“My husband and I met at our karate studio in 2002. I was 10 and he was 15.
We trained in different age groups but knew each other most of our lives. We both black-belted and became instructors and that is when we started to get to know each other. We got married last December!”
—Hannah92 via BuzzFeed
8. Online Romance Outside of OKCupid
“We met online, but not online dating or any means of hooking up. We were both battling with depression, and we found each other in a chatroom for those looking to talk to others who knew what that weight felt like and to feel for a moment less alone.
It started out slowly, from talking to one another in the main chatroom to sending private chat messages whenever we saw each other online. It wasn’t until we exchanged Skype information that we started talking daily, and not just one or two messages a day, but for hours on end.
While we’ve yet to meet face-to-face, we video chat with each other and send frequent video messages as well as continue to chat daily — and though it might be an unusual story, it’s ours.”
—kernst333 via BuzzFeed
9. The Couple That Sings Together
“We were both auditioning for roles in a musical adaptation of School House Rock! I was on crutches because of a devastating break-dancing incident, but I still got up and belted Grease‘s ‘Hopelessly Devoted.’
He followed my audition by singing ‘Moon River’ and looking absolutely intriguing in his My Chemical Romance shirt. We both got the parts and spent the next few months getting to know each other while singing about the correct usage of adjectives and ‘I’m Just a Bill.’
The last night of the show he taught me how to stage kiss and that was it. Eight years later, I’m proud to say that we are happily married and very much in love!”
—Carly Evette Whitt via Facebook
10. The One With the Coat
“This is my grandparents’ story, not mine, but I love it and I always beg my grandpa to tell it.
It was wartime in Britain and they were in the same factory in Nottingham making IFF sets. One day a group of ladies who worked there came in late, still with their coats on and dripping water everywhere, and the foreman angrily ordered them to take their coats off. They all did, barring one.
My grandpa’s friend went over to chat to them later, and then came back and said triumphantly: ‘Seven o’clock. Saturday night. In the square. You’re going on a date!’ My grandpa, a bit nonplussed, said, ‘OK, but which one did you ask?’ ‘The one who didn’t take her coat off, of course,’ she replied.
They were married 1946–2004.”
—Sarah Rowlands via Facebook