Ahh, the “way we met” stories. Many couples love to tell the story of their fall into love, whether it was a slow burn, a sudden flash of connection, or being totally uninterested in the other person at first. Luckily, many people eat those stories up, and are suckers for love — so one Instagram account has started collecting these sweet snapshots of adoration!
Brooklyn Sherman is the creator the @TheWayWeMet account, and gets hundreds of submissions daily. For her, showcasing the unique and awesome ways that couples meet in person is a way to remind people that meeting the love of your life in person is still totally possible — even in the age of online dating.
“People email me and tell me that they had given up on love until they started following my account,” Sherman says, “and honestly hearing that, and knowing I’m making a positive difference in people’s lives is all I need to hear for all of this to be worth it.”
These glimpses of love will inspire you to believe in the power of connection out in the real world, at any age. Scroll through some of our favorites below!
The perfect match after you think you could never love again
“Twenty-one years ago while going through a messy divorce, a very dear friend kept insisting she had the perfect match lined up for me when I was ready to “get back on the wagon.” Impatiently, She tricked me into meeting him when she arranged a birthday party for her husband and invited me. I was suspicious at first and asked her, “will he be there?” When her answer was no, I agreed to attend. Then, according to my friend, he changed his mind last minute and was able to come due to changes in his work schedule. When our eyes locked, it was amazing; I knew instantly there was a deep connection. How clever of my friend to have known this! We have since married and have been for 15 years. He is my true soulmate. Sadly, my dear friend who introduced us has been taken by Breast Cancer, but every day I look to heaven and thank her for her persistence in getting us together. It seems that sometimes our family and friends know us better then we know ourselves and can be the best matchmakers.”A photo posted by @thewaywemet on
Meeting for the first time at a wedding shoot
“This photo was taken the first day we met. George and I weren’t the modeling type but we both had friends who asked us to be a part of a winter-themed wedding photoshoot. My friend Jen, who’s a photographer, asked me to be the bride and George’s friend Sarah, who’s a florist, asked him to be the groom. The idea for the project was to encourage more people to have winter weddings. My first words to George were, “Hi. I’m your bride.” Two years later I walked down the aisle as his real bride. Of course we used the same florist and photographer who created our mock fairytale that turned into reality.”A photo posted by @thewaywemet on
Love At First Sight And Growing Up Together
“It was Junior year of High School, and I was skipping my last class of the day. As I was getting into my friend’s car, I accidentally scraped the car next to me with my messenger bag. I turned around to assess the damage and saw a handsome guy sitting in the driver’s seat with the most amazing shade of blue eyes. I apologized and as we drove off, I told my friend I was in love. I thought about him for the next two weeks and just as I was mentioning him to another friend while out shopping, he drove right by the mall door we were exiting. I let out a scream and said “That’s him!” We ended up talking in the mall parking lot and exchanging numbers. He tried to play it cool by saying, “I’ll call you later when I have some time.” That ended up being within two hours, and we had our first date at Baskin Robbins. Fast forward 12 years later; we have two wonderful sons and were just married this week. We were so young when we met and did a lot of growing up together. I have so much fun with my husband. He is a wonderful father to our children and I couldn’t ask for a better partner!”A photo posted by @thewaywemet on
Staying Together Through A Cancer Diagnosis
“Gabe and I met our freshman year of high school. As soon as I saw him at the ripe age of 14, I knew he was “my person.” So I did what any 14 year old girl would do; I went up to him, pushed him up against the locker, kissed him, said bye and then ran away. I was so scared to talk to him, that I dodged him for the next three months. Eventually, we started talking again and a couple months later, he asked me out. Gabe and I have now been together for almost 6 years. Earlier this year, Gabe and I’s world was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with stage three brain cancer. As a result, we had to move out of our apartment, stay in multiple hospitals, and move to a diffrent city for Gabe’s radiation and chemo. Gabe stays so positive through the tough times and just his smile makes my heart stop. He surprised me once again on April 4th, 2015, when in his hospital gown and all, asked me if I would marry him. Of course I said yes. We will continue to be together through sickness and in health no matter what. I know we can handle anything that is thrown our way.” A photo posted by @thewaywemet on
The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me
“My wife passed away March 24th 2015, 3 months short of our 53rd anniversary. We met on a blind date arranged by my good friend when we were in college in 1958. My wife had seen me while I was working in the college bookstore and told my friend’s girlfriend that she would like to date me. I arranged the double date with my friend and his girlfriend to go to a college basketball game. When my friend and I went to the dorm to pick up our dates all went well until this portly and not very attractive girl came down to the waiting room. My friend said to me “there’s your date.” I said ” thanks,” and went to greet her. He grabbed me by the shirt back and said “wrong girl.” At that time, my real date came in to the waiting room and that was my wife. We dated throughout college, and were married a week after graduation. We had 3 children and 5 grandchildren. We spent 26 years in the USAF, traveling all over the world while I flew the F-4 Phantom aircraft. I miss her terribly today. My relationship with my wife can best be described by Gladys Knight’s song called The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me.” A photo posted by @thewaywemet on
Striking Up A Conversation With A Neighbor
“I decided it was time to give up on the wait for a husband and bought my first house on my own. Sitting on my front porch was one of my favorite things to do, especially because I could watch the cute guy across the street working on his Jeep. On St. Patricks Day, with the help of a little liquid courage, I walked across the street and introduced myself to that guy. Six years later, we’re married and living in the house I bought. Best purchase of my life.” A photo posted by @thewaywemet on
2nd Grade Teacher Marries the 6th Grade Teacher
“In 1999, I thought I married the love of my life. Turns out he started cheating on me about a month after our wedding. After three years of trying to make it work, I decided I needed a big change. I took a leave of absence from my teaching job and moved across the country, from New Jersey to California. It was three weeks before my 30th birthday and there I was; divorced, with no job, no friends, and navigating a new state. I was staying with my cousin and her husband. I finally got an interview for a teaching position at a small Catholic school. When I was offered the job, the principal warned me that for the last 10 years, every person that taught in this classroom had either gotten married or pregnant. In fact, the reason why they were hiring me was because the previous second grade teacher married the third grade teacher. I laughed. Shortly after that conversation, I was introduced to the attractive 6th grade teacher and within 10 months we were engaged. Five months after that, we were married. We’ve now been married for 13 years and have three beautiful children.”A photo posted by @thewaywemet on
The Psychic Who Told Me I Was Going To Fall In Love
“Early in 2013, I went to a psychic and the woman told me I was going to fall in love, and when I met that person, I would know immediately. She mentioned he was artistic, as was I, but we wouldn’t share the same medium. She also said he would appreciate my quirkiness. On Memorial Day of 2013, I moved into Chris’ building for my art residency. He was the RA on my floor and immediately noticed me in my eclectic purple jeans. I noticed him too. When I first walked into my room, I realized I didn’t have a bed and the ceiling above my shower was peeling. Chris came to my rescue, bringing me a brand new mattress and after enough pestering, repaired my ceiling. A few days later, Chris took the plunge and left a handwritten note on my door. We went on our first date a week later and the rest is history!”A photo posted by @thewaywemet on
I Didn’t Want To Look Like I Was Trying Too Hard
“We were at Resident Advisor training our sophomore year of college. During one of the training days we all had to share a stereotype that we don’t like. For some reason, she decided to tell me that people often think she’s straight because she has a child. I was about to tell her that I was gay too, but then I got nervous and ended up saying something else. That night she wrote “yo” on my Facebook wall (she knew) and I ignored it because I’m an idiot. A year later, still RAs, I got switched to her quad. I had one conversation with her about door tags or something dumb like that, and then asked her on a date. I wore sweatpants and a softball tee because I didn’t want to look like I was trying too hard. She still makes fun of me for it to this day. We’ve been together for 2 years and counting.”A photo posted by @thewaywemet on
My First, My Only, And My Last Love
Taking Emailing A Coworker To The Next Level
“We both work for children with Autism. We were assigned on a case together, but never met in person. We communicated mainly through notes or emails. One day we had our first team meeting and I was giving my report. Josh showed up 40 minutes late and I nearly lost my train of thought. Then Josh gave his report and when he finished talking, I was asked if I had anything else to add. I was speechless. A couple of months later, we started dating. It’s been almost a year and a half now, and I can’t imagine life without him.”A photo posted by @thewaywemet on
Waiting For A Guy With Confidence — And Being Surprised!
“I was 27 and and fed up with the dating scene. I declared to my girlfriends that “if a guy can’t just come up to me and ask me out, then he doesn’t get to go out with me.” Then on a summer evening soon after, I was playing Ultimate frisbee in a recreational league when this confident beautiful man walked up to me and said, “are you dating anyone?” When i replied no he said, “well then you should date me.” We’ve been together for 15 years now and have two kids. Sometimes people just need to ask, because the answer might be yes.”A photo posted by @thewaywemet on