When Did You Know It Was Love?
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Love Stories1 of 11
By Brienne Walsh
It may take years of searching, but you always know it in your gut when you've found the one. We've asked ten happy couples when they had their "a-ha" moment, the electric jolt that made them realize that saying "I love you" would forever be more than just reciting words.
In the Details2 of 11
She says: One day, without asking, Michel presented me with a coffee made exactly the way I like it, with three dashes of cinnamon, a half a packet of Splenda, and a straw. He had taken the effort to learn the weird minute details about me, and loved me even more for them.
He says: One morning, after a night spent fighting for the comforter, I rolled over and saw her sleeping next to me. I can't explain it, but I just knew I was in love. So I told her, and her response was—endearingly—"why?" I couldn't explain it, but I felt it very strongly.
Eye Opener3 of 11
She says: The moment I knew it was for real was when I got up early one morning, let him sleep in, and went to get us coffee and bagels for breakfast. Only true love gets me to shorten my beauty sleep.
He says: I can't remember the exact moment when I knew, but I think it was when I realized that she was OK being exactly who she was, and content pursuing her dreams.
Loved, Not Lost4 of 11
She says: Irwin and I lived in the same building. At first, he was just my funny, smart, well-traveled and well-read next-door neighbor. Then, one night, he told me he was moving to Madrid. I realized that my life would be empty without him. So I leaned over and kissed him.
He says: I still remember the moment she knocked on my door, wearing this magnificent dark blue dress. Her green eyes were lit up, and she looked absolutely stunning. When she finally kissed me, I knew that—after so many years of being friends—we would fall in love.
Feelings Concealed5 of 11
She says: Our first date was approached as more of a favor. But, by the end of the night, I was second-guessing our platonic status. Three days later, he took me to an Andrew Bird concert, and over drinks afterward, he kissed me. I knew immediately he was the one.
He says: I fell in love with Darci almost immediately. But I deliberately held back from telling her, because I didn't want to scare her.
Lasting Impression6 of 11
He says: I met Myles two years before we started dating. My senior year in college, I finally got up the courage to ask him to go to a party with me. He turned me down, but I asked again. I've been chasing him ever since.
He says: I knew I was in love with Greg a few weeks before he was set to leave the U.S. for over a year. We were lying in my bed, saying little, acutely aware that it would be one of our last nights together for a long time. I looked at him and I felt the best sort of agony I could imagine.
Take a Gamble7 of 11
She says: Mike likes to tell people he won me at a poker game, which is not entirely untrue, because we actually did meet playing poker. A week later, he asked me out, and from that night on, we were completely inseparable.
He says: Not to sound like a cliché, but after a few dates with Kim, I felt like I had known her my whole life. I remember thinking, "Is this too much, too fast? Will we burn out?" But the feeling has never wavered.
Like a Rock8 of 11
She says: I knew I was in love when little things made the words mean something. When I would find little notes in books that I was reading that said he loved me. When I could smile to myself just thinking about something he said to me.
He says: A few years back, the recession was crippling my career. My father was gravely ill. Stephanie was the source of my strength. When my father finally passed away, Stephanie picked out the miniature conga where we placed his ashes—it was the perfect place to put him to rest.
Tough Love9 of 11
She says: This is cheesy, I know, but I knew I loved Sebastian quite literally the moment we met. It's funny, because I had served him coffee for months without ever noticing him, but as soon as our mutual friend introduced us, I fell head over heels.
He says: I realized I loved Kate when she first challenged me, and I trusted it. I think that moment is when two people can, with all honesty, say "I love you, but f--- you," hear it, believe it and still come back to each other.
From Day One10 of 11
She says: Teddy was perfect for me from the beginning. But things really clicked for me one night early in our relationship, when he held my infant niece for an hour at a family dinner. His patience with her was limitless. Watching him, I realized that I wanted him to be the father of my children.
He says: Being around Rebecca was always so easy and natural. After our first trip together, I realized she was the one for me. She had every single quality I was looking for in a partner, but more than anything, she just made me a better person.
Make It Work11 of 11
She says: When Kevin dropped me off at the airport for a trip with my friends to California, I sobbed like a baby the entire flight, knowing that I wouldn't see him for a week. Not being with him hurt so much that I knew he was the one.
He says: We had a rocky patch at the beginning of our relationship. I remember sitting at my house, realizing that I might have possibly blown things with her. In that moment, I realized that I would do anything it took to be with her. It was an uphill battle for a little while, but it was worth it.
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