The popular saying 'love can be found in the most unexpected place' isn't a myth afterall as a couple 26-year-old Ayse and 24-year-old Darrin who have never met in person got married over Zoom with close friends and family members in attendance.
According to Metro Uk, Ayse said she initially started talking to 56-year-old Kenda, who introduced her to her son Darrin.
She said he was a similar age and would love to chat with someone from the UK as he was based in Detroit, Michigan, US.
Before she knew it, they had become insperable as they began chatting on phone every night.
The five-hour time difference didn’t stop them and in no time they became official.
The couple continued their weekly date nights via video calls and would do sweet things like order each other takeaway food and treats as a surprise.
On May 21, 2021 Darrin proposed to Ayse, wanting to commit fully to the relationship.
With restrictions preventing them from meeting for a long time, the couple decided to get married via Zoom, in a legal ceremony officiated in Utah, US.
On August 19, 2021, Ayse and Darrin became husband and wife, with a small number of friends and family there to see it through video call.
Even now they are yet to meet face-to-face, instead speaking 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.
Ayse was only looking for a pen pal to cure her boredom in lockdown – though 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.’
Then they started having phone calls and found they had lots in common.
‘I worried it might be awkward, but we talked for hours,’ Ayse said.
‘We have so much in common, including both being terrified of thunder and lightning, and both having owl tattoos with blue eyes.
‘I’m not a flirty person, but it came so naturally when I was chatting to Darrin – we got on so well straight away.’