Couple get married over Zoom having never met before
Over Zoom, a couple who had never met in person married.
During the epidemic, the pair – Ayse, 26, and Darrin, 24 – began a transnational romance.
They met through a Facebook community that aimed to connect pen pals from all around the world.
Ayse began conversing with Kenda, 56 after she introduced her son Darrin.
He was stationed in Detroit, Michigan, and she claimed he was a comparable age and would love to talk to someone from the UK.
So, in July 2020, the two started conversing as friends, but soon became inseparable and spoke on the phone every night.
They were able to rapidly become official despite the five-hour time difference.
In July, Ayse began organizing a journey to the United States to see her boyfriend for the first time, but travel limitations to the United States prevented her from doing so.
The couple kept their weekly date evenings going via video conversations and did lovely things like ordering takeout food and treats for each other as a surprise.
Darrin proposed to Ayse on May 21, 2021.
Because they couldn’t meet for a long time due to restrictions, the couple chose to marry via Zoom in a legal ceremony officiated in Utah, US.
Ayse and Darrin married on August 19th, with only a few friends and family there to witness the ceremony via video chat.
Months after their wedding, they are yet to meet face-to-face. They speak multiple times a day while waiting for Ayse’s visa application to be accepted.
Ayse, a cleaner, from Lancaster, said: “I never imagined this would happen to me in a million years.
“I don’t think anyone expected this when we started talking last year.“But we’re married and it’s all completely legal and official – I still can’t believe it.
“It’s been really hard not being able to meet properly, but in the long run, it will make us stronger because we’ve had to go through all of this to be together.
“We just really love each other.”
Ayse said she was only looking for a pen pal to cure her boredom in lockdown but she found love.
“It’s funny that I met my mother-in-law before I met my husband,” Ayse said.
“We got on so well, so when she suggested speaking to her son, I thought it was a great idea – although I was a bit nervous at first because I’d seen photos of him and he looked lovely.”
“I knew he was from the US so didn’t expect anything from it but thought it would still be interesting to chat to someone from somewhere else.”
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