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Cyber Love Story – Eliza and Troy – Match Proposal Winner

Match ProposalMeet Eliza and Troy from Florida who are the winners of the Match.com marriage proposal contest.

The two both have three children of their own and when Eliza was dating online, she decided she’d go on one last date..the one with Troy. In this heartwarming story, you’ll find out how the two found a second chance at love.

Without any expectations, the two realized they had so much in common and their romantic journey began. In this video, Match highlights the couple’s relationship, where Troy was planning a surprise marriage proposal to Eliza. Of course she said yes!

Video courtesy of Match.com

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Eric and Nina – JDate Top Proposal Winner

Cyber Love Story - Eric and NinaIt was an honor and joy to be a Judge in JDate’s Top Proposal Video Contest.

Over the years, I’ve seen many marriage proposals for couples who have met online. Watching all of the top nominees in the Top Proposal contest brought tears to my eyes. I’m truly happy for all of the couples who have found love on JDate.

I selected Eric’s music video proposal of “I Do Love You” to Nina for several reasons. It was the most creative, truly fun to watch, and featured many highlights of their beautiful courtship. I found myself smiling and humming the whole way through, especially when she said, “Yes!”

Featuring a song and dance by Groom-to-Be Eric LaBarre, the heartwarming video tells the story of how the two met on JDate and the development of their relationship leading up to the special moment. When LaBarre knew he wanted to propose to Nina Sturtz, he recruited her best friend to help create the video and included family and friends in its production. The proposal was inspired by Sturtz’s love of musical theatre, and she calls the video “the most perfect Nina proposal ever!”

The couple has won a 7-day vacation to the Bahamas.

It’s a joy to feature Eric and Nina in our Cyber Love Story of the Week. Congratulations to both of you from your friends at CyberDatingExpert.com.

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The First Google Glass Wedding – Marsha and Curt

Marsha Collier and Curt Buthman WeddingDigital wedding bells were ringing at the Social Media Wedding of the year of our favorite Tweethearts, Marsha Collier and Curt Buthman.

Marsha and Curt once again made social media history on November 8, 2013 at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, where they tied the digital knot to the crowdsourced Twitter hashtag of #MarshaandCurtWedding.

This wedding was the first-ever where a Bride walked down the aisle wearing Google Glass to capture both video and photos of the ceremony. As the couple said their marriage vows, again they recorded yet another social media first, where they captured their “I Do’s” in a six second Twitter vine video for their friends and followers to enjoy as they followed the digital festivities.

It was an honor and joy to share this beautiful day with my friends and to share this social media love story with you.

So how did this Twitter love all begin?

As the author of over 40 books, host of the #custserv chat on Twitter, and named by Forbes as one of the Top 10 Women Social Media Influencers, when it came to her love life, there was no doubt that she’d attract a handsome man with her social media presence.

The couple, both social media enthusiasts, originally started following each other as friends on Twitter in 2009.? As I sat with them in the Bridal suite before the wedding ceremony, they shared their favorite Twitter moments with me.

“One day I was stumped as to how to change a lightbulb,? said Marsha. “I turned to the twitterverse and asked, ‘Can anyone help me? Is there an electrician out there?'” Curt came to her rescue and send her a private message and their friendship turned into a digital crush.

Marsha had the opportunity to return the favor. Curt recalls sending out a tweet, which said, “I need 5 more people on Facebook to get my Vanity URL.” Marsha tweeted back with, “And now you need 4 more.”

The two eventually met in person (IRL) at BlogWorld, the world’s largest social media conference, where Marsha, author of over 40 books, was autographing copies of two of her books, eBay For Dummies and Facebook and Twitter For Seniors For Dummies at the Wiley booth.

The rest is Twitter history. Their crush turned into a digital romantic journey, complete with the first Twitter vine video marriage proposal in May of 2013.

Curt’s creative proposal with the Twitter hashtag of #WillYouMarryMe went viral and was featured everywhere from People magazine to the Daily Mail in the U.K.

It was no surprise that their wedding ceremony would be filled with a few more social media firsts…The first Google Glass bride and the first Twitter vine video marriage vows. As Marsha was selected to be one of Google’s exclusive “Glass Explorers” and is the co-host of the Computer and Technology radio show, she couldn’t resist the urge to continue to be a leader in technology on her wedding day.

In an elegant wedding to remember, the Bride was walked down the aisle by her first cousin, British Army Colonel Simon Goldstein MBE. She was wearing a vintage A-line bridal gown she selected from Unique Vintage in Burbank, CA. As the dress was a few sizes to large for her, she had it completely custom fit and added a pocket to carry her Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone and lipstick.

“A bride needs a pocket,” said Collier during my conversation with her in the Bridal Suite. Her shoes were purchased on eBay. “Why spend money on shoes that you’d never wear again?”

Social media friends were snapping photos throughout the evening and posting to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Google+. The service was officiated by social media friend Jeff Rago and the Bride’s daughter Susan Dickman was the Maid-of-Honor.

As expected, their wedding hashtag of #marshaandcurtwedding became a trending topic on Twitter.

At the end of the digital day, Curt admitted he was attracted to Marsha’s Twitter profile photo when he started following her. Need I say more? It’s all about the profile photos.

 

Photo Credits: Josh “CuriousJosh” Reiss

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Cyber Love Story – Becky and Phil

Cyber Love Story Becky and PhilBecky had been married for 30 years when her husband sadly passed away. Out of the dating scene for such a long time, she wasn’t sure what to do.

One day, she decided to turn to online dating and joined Match.com.

“It was the summer of 2011 when I joined Match,” explains Becky.

“I tried Match because I guess….after so many years of not being in the dating world, I figured that would be the best way to meet people.”

Becky had a few dates, but they weren’t her cup of tea.

Then in October of 2011, she started communicating with Philip. Phil had been single for over 10 years before meeting Becky.

After talking via email and phone for a week or so, the two agreed to meet for a late lunch on October 13 at Pappy & Harriett’s.

“It was so much fun,” explains Becky. “We just kept talking and laughing, and talking and laughing, and he took me for a ride on his motorcycle. Five hours later we had a hard time parting ways, wanting to spend more time together. But we did say good-bye for the night.”

The next morning Philip emailed Becky and said…”You definitely have my attention”. They’ve been together ever since, splitting time between both Becky and Philip’s homes.

When I saw Becky and Phil, they were celebrating their 2-year anniversary and couldn’t stop saying “I love you” to each other.

Congratulations to Becky and Philip, who prove you can start your life all over again while looking for love online.

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Julie Spira is a top online dating expert and founder of CyberDatingExpert.com. Julie was an early adopter of Internet dating and has been helping singles find love online for 20 years with her Irresistible Profiles and Online Dating BootCamp programs.

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Cyber Love Story – Marsha and Curt

Marsha and CurtDigital love. It comes in many flavors and varieties. We’ve got traditional online dating sites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Skype, and the list goes on.

This week, my dear friends Marsha Collier and Curt Buthman became engaged. Marsha, a bestselling author living in Los Angeles, met Curt, a business consultant who resided in North Carolina on Twitter in October of 2010. Marsha shared her excitement about her new Twitter love and the two were scheduled to meet IRL at BlogWorld, a social media conference in Las Vegas. Fortunately, I was there to cheer the two on and witness the power of social media and romantic relationships first hand.

The two were lucky and excited to see that their online chemistry transferred to an exciting offline connection. They stayed in touch via Skype every night as their relationship continued to develop.

When the holidays arrived two months later, Curt decided to fly to Los Angeles to see how the two would mesh in Marsha’s home town. After two weeks together, Curt knew it was perfect. He was hooked.

Curt moved to Los Angeles two months later and the two have been inseparable for the past two years.

Curt realized that Twitter was a big part of their lives. Marsha is the host of the #custserv twitter chat on Tuesday evenings and the two regularly chat on Twitter. Curt decided Twitter and social media needed to be a part of his proposal. On the day he decided to propose to Marsha, he sent several of us a private message on Facebook to let us know that he would be proposing at 6:45pm using the Twitter hashtag of #willyoumarryme during her weekly #custserv chat.

At 6:45pm, the loving tweet was sent. Curt popped the digital Q on Twitter.

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In his associated Vine video Curt said, Marsha. I love you so much. Will you marry me, please please?

Curt held up an engagement ring, which was a family heirloom. His Twitter and Vine marriage proposal went viral.

Many of Marsha’s followers waited patiently for her to accept.

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Curt apologized for disrupting Marsha’s Twitter #custserv chat.

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Finally, Marsha said Yes! Their Vine marriage proposal on Twitter has gone viral.

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Congratulations to Marsha and Curt, our Cyber Love Story of the Week who will ride into the digital sunset together.

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Cyber Love Story – Andrea and Dan

Andrea and DanAfter finding herself single again at the age of 52 with two teenage kids, Andrea decided it was time to join an online dating site in May of 2012.

She initially joined both Match.com and JDate. They say you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince and I did just that, said Andrea. Having one bad date after another, she kept going offline only to go back online again.

When she met Dan, she thought he was very different than any of her other dates. They chatted online only a few very brief times and sent a few texts to put a date on the calendar.

On the way to their first date, Andrea decided to call Dan. She told him that this was the only time she had never talked on the phone prior to meeting a date. He said it was his first time as well. When they met, she realized they had so much in common. They talked for hours and didn’t even realize anyone else was in the restaurant.  After many rounds of our “all you can eat” soup and salad, they said their goodbyes and Dan walked Andrea to her car. Andrea tells said, He gave me a huge kiss and I was kind of surprised by it, but pleasantly!

Then their Cyber Love Story got tricky.

Three weeks went by before their scheduled second date, so Andrea didn’t think that Dan was very interested in her. She then canceled their date and starting dating someone else.

When that relationship ran its course, she rejoined Match for a second time. Dan noticed Andrea’s reactivated profile and “winked” at her. Andrea responded and wondered if he had recognized her, which he did. They made plans to get together almost immediately and finally went on their second date.

The two have been inseparable ever since and Andrea knows for sure, that Dan is the love of her life.  Andrea and Dan plan on moving in together and look forward to celebrating their one-year anniversary together in September.

Congratulations to Andrea and Dan who gave online dating a chance.

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Cyber Love Story – Todd and Rozie

Cyber Love Story - Todd and RozieTodd and Rozie were both members of JDate where they were looking for love online.

Both the two of them were frustrated with the search process and were about to let their memberships expire.

Rozie decided to give the online dating game one last shot when she sent Todd an email that simply said, “You look cute. I like your profile.”

Rozie didn?t even have an online dating profile photo posted and most of the details in her profile were left blank.

Todd was hesitant to reply, but figured he’d say hello and ask her to send him a picture. He was glad he did so as when he received Rozie’s photo, he thought she was really cute.

After about one month of email exchanges and a few phone calls, they finally met up in person. Their first date was scheduled for drinks after work, but the conversation led to dinner. Dinner turned into afterglow drinks and their first casual drink date lasted for seven hours! The two went home separately at 2am, only because they needed to get to work the next day.

After seven months of dating, Todd proposed marriage to Rozie in a romantic way at the tallest tower in Krakow, Poland. It was the largest square in Europe.

They married a year and a half later and now have two children.

Congratulations to Todd and Rozie who let the conversation flow and fell in love on JDate

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Cyber Love Story – Rasheda and Brandon

Cyber Love Story - Rasheeda and BrandonMeet Rasheda and Brandon, who found love on the free online dating site OKCupid.

Rasheda was ready to give up on Internet dating, but decided to return to OkCupid, where she met Brandon in August of 2012.

After their first date, Rasheda thought Brandon was a really “nice” guy.

Brandon managed to catch her attention by sending her a bouquet of flowers to her office on the Monday following their first date.  Continuing to be the good guy, he would send Rasheeda e-cards and suggest interesting dates.

However, after a month, Rasheda decided that Brandon belonged in the “friend zone” (ouch). They stopped dating during the month of October, while she decided whether to date him or another guy.

Fortunately, she came to her senses before losing him completely. The two reconnected in November and went on a romantic date to the Opera. Afterwards, they went dancing, where she realized that she was falling for him.

Brandon invited Rasheda over for Thanksgiving dinner and they’ve been together ever since. The two are planning a romantic trip to the Bahamas this spring.

Congratulations to Rasheda and Brandon who prove that nice guys don?t always finish last and that patience is a virtue.

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Cyber Love Story – Susan and Leo

r Love Story - Susan and LeoMeet Susan and Leo who fell in love online in an unconventional way.

Rather than signing up for a traditional online dating site, Susan, who resided in Indianapolis, decided to join a site for people who were looking for International friends.

“I’ve always been fascinated by other cultures and other languages,” says Susan. She adds, “In graduate school, (and this is super-geeky) I had a number of email ‘pen pals’ in several different countries.”

Susan sought out a website, “Make Friends Online,” where she could meet people from other countries.

“At some point, I realized that I missed having those conversations and learning so much about other countries and having a wider worldview,” adds Susan. “I had lots of friends here, but I just missed that cool, cultural connection, so I sought out a web site where I could meet people from other countries.”

She met Leo, who lived in England, and the two developed their relationship with Skype dates.

After a few months of communicating, Leo moved to Uruguay to be with his family and to take care of his grandmother. While living in Uruguay, Leo decided to fly to Indianapolis to meet Susan in person. The couple connected instantly and one month later, Susan flew to Uruguay to meet Leo’s family.

Leo made his intentions absolutely clear, so there was never any doubt in her mind about his feelings for her.

Both of them credit the video chats on Skype with helping them fall in love. Six years later, the two are now happily married and are living together in the same country in Susan’s home town of Indianapolis.

Susan’s relationship advice for singles who are looking for love online is to be happy and whole by yourself, first and foremost. Neither Leo nor Susan were actually looking for love when they found each other.

Congratulations to Susan and Leo who found love by becoming a digital pen-pal first and didn’t let the International borders get in the way of finding “the one.”

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Facebook Love Story – Patience and Sam

Facebook Love StoriesMeet Patience and Sam who fell in love on Facebook.

Over 25 years ago, Patience had a serious crush on Sam.

She knew him the class clown and the wildly popular senior who always found new ways to be in the spotlight.

By contrast, Patience was quiet and considered more of a wallflower. She thought that Sam was “out of her league.” They two never dated and barely acknowledged each other in the halls. During a formal dance, after her date had ditched her, Patience was shocked when Sam asked her to dance and pulled her into a random picture. They still have that picture.

Twenty-six years went by. Sam got married and then divorced. He lived in Israel, where he was teaching college and high school French. Meanwhile in New York,? Patience had gone into publishing and had serial-dated for two decades. She was 41-yeats-old and thought she was completely over the New York dating scene, which she jokingly refers to as “buffet dating.”

In August 2009, in the ‘Suggested Friends’ section on Facebook, Sam noticed the little redhead as one of his options and “friended” Patience immediately. For Patience, it was a no-brainer to be in contact with such a popular person from high school. She started flirting on Facebook by ‘liking’ his morose status updates. Finally, Sam picked up the phone and called her. Their first phone conversation lasted for over two hours.

One Facebook friendship and three months of Skype dates later convinced them there was something there. He asked if he could visit and possibly marry and father her children. Patience said all of her girlfriends thought she was crazy, but she knew there was a connection between them.

On December 17, 2009, Sam uprooted himself to go west and saw Patience for the first time in twenty-six years. He ended up staying in New York. On their first visit to his father’s house in Miami, Sam dug out the original picture of them, which he’d kept all these years. They were married on January 16, 2011 and live in New York.

Congratulations to Patience and Sam, our featured couple in Facebook Love Stories.

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