A Proposal Before Dinner Proved Risky

When Amit Seth began to propose to Sue Jin Lee in 2019 on a balcony overlooking the ocean in Ischia, an Italian island off the coast of Naples, she walked away, back inside their hotel room. She wasn’t overcome with emotion or

Cupid’s Arrow in the Form of a Dart

Chelsea Crowder stood several feet from a dart board hanging on the wall of a Sacramento bar in December 2017. She was on a first date with Emerson Luke, who held a drink in one hand and a dart in the other.

A More Mature Relationship the Second Time Around

Cristina Lara and Kevin Bailey dated twice in Raleigh, N.C. The first time, in 2015, they were focused on setting up their careers and continuing to adjust to adult life. They had met at the Cary Wine and Food Festival and hit

They Didn’t Need a Dating App After All

One day in late spring 2016, Olympia L. Moy was thumbing through listings on the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel when she came across a profile that looked promising. The page belonged to Elizabeth A. Ingriselli. Ms. Ingriselli had graduated from Princeton;

Brexit Was the Start of Romance

Melissa Marcus had been on four dating apps for almost two years when she matched on Bumble with Justin Wass in June 2016. “He was creative and goofy. In one photo he was wearing a tie-dye shirt with cats on it and

Weddings: Focus on the Marriage, Not the Wedding

Carmen Myer and Aaron James have made it through plenty of storms together, and many more over the years as children, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav. The most recent, and perhaps most nerve-racking, occurred just three weeks before their wedding. A

My Ridiculous Dating System Totally Works!

Last year, in the middle of the pandemic, I appeared as a guest on a (now-defunct) dating show. With cameras rolling, I sat on a teal couch next to the show’s host, who had prepped for an interview with a man who

What Are Neopronouns?

A personal pronoun is a form of speech that stands in for a person or group of people. She is having opinions online; they are fighting in the comments; and, of course, as in the Prince song made famous by Sinead O’Connor,

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