Real Brides Share: “How I Knew He Was The One”

Was there an instantaneous connection when you met, or did you grow to love each other after years of friendship? We asked our Facebook followers to tell us about how they knew they’d found their perfect match. Read their sweet stories!

By: Kristen Klein

Love at First Sight

“I knew he was special the moment I saw him. We instantly clicked like we were very old friends. After four months, we were engaged! I always thought people in my situation were nuts — I mean, how could you meet someone and know you want to spend the rest of your life with them in such a short amount of time? Well, I just knew! I know I’m the lucky one. He surprises me everyday with his kindness, acts of selflessness, and his huge heart.” —Emily B.

“On our first date, we were talking and laughing for so long that we didn’t realize the restaurant had closed and we were the only table still there.” —Sarah F.

There was an immediate connection when we first met, one that everyone could sense right away (even the boyfriend I had at the time). We just clicked. The nice thing was that we got to grow as friends for a long while before becoming a couple. Now, I couldn’t ask for a better man in my life!” —Ashley W.

He Puts My Needs First

When we first moved in together, money was tight for a while, so our meals were very few and far between. But he always made sure I ate first, and he ate what was left. That’s true love!” —Holly K.

He told me to take my feet off his dashboard. I looked at him like, ‘What the heck?’ He then said, “I would hate for anything to happen you,” and started telling me a story of how this girl had her feet up and got in a car accident, and her legs got crushed. He looked at me and said, ‘I love you and I don’t want you to get hurt, since a lot of people don’t know how to drive.’ My heart melted, and I instantly knew at that moment he was ‘The One'” —Ruby C.

Together in Good Times and in Bad

I realized I couldn’t live with out him when he got sick on Christmas Eve two years back, after numerous hours in hospital and a temperature of 107 degrees. I knew I didn’t want to live my life without him — and now I don’t have to.“ —Lesley-Anne F.

“Four months after meeting my current husband, my mom was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and had weeks to live. The very first night at the hospital with my mom, he showed up to support me. When visiting hours were over, the nurses told us that we had to leave her room. I told him that as long as she is here breathing, I am not leaving. He said, ‘Well, then neither am I.’ He walked me down to the waiting room, pushed some chairs together, and made me a ‘bed.’ He then took off his coat and sweater and made me a pillow. Then, he told me to lay down and try to get some rest. When I woke up, it was the next morning. He slept next to me, sitting straight up in a chair that looked so uncomfortable. As I looked at him, still there with me, I knew from that second that he was my husband! It was a rush that I can’t even explain. I was and still am truly blessed that he was there in the most difficult time in my life!” —Marissa V.

“If I had to pinpoint a specific moment, I would say that it was the day before he proposed! We were on our way to Los Cabos for a nice Valentine’s Day weekend, and instead of our plane taking off on time, we ended up sitting on the tarmac for 11 hours. Instead of getting mad or becoming annoyed or irritated with one another, we found things that kept us laughing and smiling. We spent the time playing cards, meeting others on the plane, and calming people down who were upset. That was the moment I realized he was ‘The One’. It was the fact that I could be truly happy with this man while being in what others were experiencing as a stressful and frustrating situation. I figured if I could get through this with him, then I could get through anything. Forty hours later, we were in Cabo, where he got down on one knee, serenaded me with a song and then proposed on the beach. Little did I realize that the ring was in his pocket the whole time we were on the plane!” —Lori B.

We Grew to Love Each Other

“I knew my fiancé was the one… after seven years. We were colleagues who became friends when we were both producing for Geraldo at Fox News. After sitting next to each other for two years, we became close but never in a romantic way. In fact, I used to set him up with my friends, and vice versa! Two and half years ago, we both found ourselves single at the same time. Mike approached me about dating, and we agreed to take our time with this new idea so as to not ruin our friendship. After three months of platonic dating, we finally had our first kiss — and that’s when I knew. It just felt right, and it’s continued to feel that way for the next two and a half years after that kiss!” —Annie S.

I didn’t know Eric was ‘The One’ until we both said ‘I do.’ He was kind, considerate, patient, forgiving, and trustworthy. What more could I ask for in a life partner? I had made the decision that I wanted to be with him, but I was left waiting for him to decide that I was his ‘one.’ As a relationship consultant for marrieds and singles, I firmly believe that the secret to a successful marriage is commitment to that relationship and doing the right things. Choose someone by their character, not by chemistry, and then daily make the choice to have a happy marriage. When Eric popped the question, my first response was, ‘Are you sure?’ If he was sure he wanted to be married to me, then I would go all in and be 100% committed to making this thing work, no matter what came our way. But it wasn’t until he said the words ‘I do’ that I really knew he chose me. During the seven years of our marriage, we have both made efforts to be students of each other and to educate ourselves on marriage. We believe that if we’re not changing, then we’re not growing as a couple.” —Genevieve W.

“We had been friends for over a year, and we were having a conversation about you know who is ‘The One.’ I told him the story of my grandparents: My grandmother was engaged to a boy she had known her whole life. She took a bus trip to visit him, and she met the bus driver, who flirted with her and took her to lunch. When she came home, she told her mother that she was not marrying the boy she had known her whole life, and that she planned to marry the bus driver — because when she was with him, she felt like her best self. After the story, he looked at me and said, ‘Well then we should be married.’ And nine months later, we got married on what would have been my grandparents 56th anniversary! We had never even gone on a date when we decided to get married, and our 17th wedding anniversary is coming up this year.” —Cyndi F.

The Way He Makes Me Feel

“Honestly, it was the way my heart felt when he looked at me. I knew he’d love me unconditionally for the rest of our lives, just as I would him.” —Bri C.

He loves me for who I am. He protects me and makes me feel safe. He knows me better than anyone. He makes me smile and very happy. I love the weird things he does. There is no one that completes me better than he does.“ —Robbie W.

“Being with him felt like how I knew I wanted to feel. Spending time with him felt a lot like being alone, but with better company. I could be totally myself without worrying about adjusting to make him happy. Other relationships left me feeling high and euphoric at the beginning, then burnt out, stressed, or insecure later. He just made me laugh and feel confident and comfortable. We were married 11 months after meeting, and we just passed our seven-year anniversary with two living kids. We also experienced the stillbirth of our twins together four years ago — If I wasn’t sure by then, that shared experience confirmed he was the one. “ —Tova G.

He Knew First

“When we first met, he told me straight away that I was going to be his wife someday! Even today, I have no idea why he picked me from a group of beautiful girlfriends I was with. It’s amazing, and I love him to bits! It’s been eight years, but it seems like eight months. We are crazy in love with each other.” —Nnunu M.