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We have been dating for 5 years

We’re celebrating our fifth anniversary this year and (this is actually a secret) expecting our first child.”Cecilia, 32“I got married after seeing my now-husband of two years for only eighteen days in person.

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I felt a bit embarrassed to tell my parents and friends because I knew they were going to think I was crazy.Out of respect for the preciousness of such a wholehearted decision, I am working on being less judgmental when I see someone following their heart — no matter how skeptical I might be about the rationality of their decision-making.Take, for example, the recent engagement of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin; they’re both under the age of 25 and they haven’t been consistently together for even a year, so their decision to get married has made many people (myself included) a bit wary.We ended up on the ‘speedy route’ because long distance was a deal breaker for both of us.”Lyanne, 26“I got married after knowing my husband for eight months. At first, it was a crazy disaster for this longtime single lady. Surprises were how broke my handsome and sweet immigrant husband was!I’ve learned just how tough it is for immigrants to thrive in the US.”Lindsey, 39“We were in the military and got stationed on opposite coasts.There’s a quote from Proust about how you knock on every door and then, magically, one opens.

We’ve been married fifteen years and have two wonderful girls.”Laura, 41“I moved in with my now husband after our first date. We got married the first time in Canada, where I’m from, a year and a half later and got married again in Austria this past January — an internationally recognized marriage, unlike the previous.

That said, who ever called caution the spice of life?

Yes, marriage is a high stake union, both emotionally and financially.

We combined our last names; I was Abi Nader, he was Dyer. 26“Me and my husband got engaged after dating ten months at the ages of 22 and 21. We actually met on a Ryanair plane on the way to Malta from Manchester, where I was studying abroad at the time.

People said we were crazy, but we just knew it was right.”Lauren, 27“I got married to my husband without meeting him.

I splurge on new sneakers sometimes because I want to.