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Beautiful Photos Of Couples Who Found Each Other On The Internet

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Mariela and Tiago, Mariela is a self-taught photographer who moved to New York in 2011 from the Dominican Republic. Tiago has worked as a finishing carpenter since he was a kid. After just two weeks of dating, they moved in together. After four months, they got engaged. Now the two share matching tattoos. “We both have [the word] ‘love’ tattooed in our hands.”

Photographer Jena Cumbo has a beautiful and intimate series entitled ‘We Met On The Internet’ of couples who found each other online, be it through internet dating sites, apps like Instagram or social media platforms like MySpace and Facebook.

Cumbo herself met a boyfriend on now-defunct social media platform Friendster back in 2004. They are no longer romantically involved but remain friends.

She said, “I think Internet accessibility and the sheer number of people online everyday has to do with why Internet dating isn’t the same little dirty secret anymore”.

Check out the images below, and the stories of how each couple met.

Donna and Jesse, AOL Chat. Donna doesn’t remember which AOL chat room she met Jesse in back in 1997, but she does remember his screen name. “It had '47 in and I thought maybe he’s around the same age as me. ... That’s why I said hello,” Donna said. The two spoke over email and phone for about five months before meeting in a mall in Syracuse, N.Y.

Lily and David, JDate. Lily's mother set up a JDate profile for Lily. The profile was loaded with lies, Lily said, but she went on a few dates her mother set up for her. She was going to close the account when her mom connected her with David. “I didn’t want my mother to be right,” she admitted. Lily and David have been married for two years.


Rain and Nelson, Facebook poke. “Why the hell do I have a [Facebook] poke from a random person?” Rain recalled wondering. He messaged Nelson, and talking on the site eventually turned into a date. They liked each other right away. Nelson has a daughter from a previous relationship. Rain says Nelson's daughter was a big factor in them getting along so well.

Jay and Ashley, “I thought she was very pretty,” Jay said. “I was intrigued.” He was particularly drawn in by her eyes. Ashley said she also loves Jay’s eyes. “I wanted to start of slow,” she said. “He was polite and all that, and I liked his tattoos, so I was hoping it would turn out romantically.”

Giavanna and David, Back in 2011, Giovanna started writing to David, who was incarcerated at the time. She wasn’t on the site looking for romance but for a pen-pal relationship. She said that David’s profile stood out among the “scary” and often deceptive inmate profiles. David was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a white-collar crime. “I used to work as a computer programmer. It was one of the fraud cases that was really, really prominent in the early 2000s,” David said.

Katharine and David, MySpace. David and Katharine bonded on MySpace over weight loss in 2006. Katharine had just moved to Boston, did an area search on MySpace, and came across David, who mentioned on his profile that he had lost a lot of weight. Katharine had also lost a considerable amount of weight. They emailed a few times a day back and forth for a week and then David asked Katharine out. “I still remember seeing her in her orange coat, and she looked very pretty,” David said.

Donna and John, Yahoo Personals. Donna contacted John one weekend. John invited her to a movie. John said he was very attracted to her and struggled to keep cool. “I was nervous. I accidentally bumped her knee a couple times,” he said.

Cora and Will, Craigslist Free Stuff. Cora and Will met on Craigslist, but not on the dating section. “I just moved to New York and didn't have any furniture. Plus, I hardly knew anybody in N.Y. Will posted free movie tickets that he won online,” Cora said. Cora emailed Will about the tickets and he wrote back. A week later they agreed to meet at a coffee shop. Cora waited for 50 minutes and almost left before Will arrived. “I actually had to run most of the way to meet her because I took a cab that got stuck in traffic. I got out of it early and ended up walking in the wrong direction,” Will said. They now have two children.

Corianna and David, Craigslist. David put up an ad on Craiglist looking for somebody to watch a Red Sox game with. Corianna was on Craigslist one evening after “a few glasses of wine.” She emailed him, he emailed her back, and then she froze up. David sent her another email telling her about himself, which helped Corianna feel more comfortable, so they decided to meet. “There was definitely a spark from the moment we met,” David said.

[via Slate Magazine, images via Jena Cumbo]
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