Martina & Jaroslav

Country: Czech Republic

Ethnicity: Czechs

Dated: 5 years

Married: 5 months
Our story: “We met at work. She started working there a couple of years after me. We started noticing each other but didn't really talk much. One day she invited me to the cinema. 'I was supposed to go with a friend and she couldn't go after all so I invited him.' I thought, 'that's weird. But ok.' *laughs*
I admire: “her ability to be herself always. Also how intelligent she is.”
“It's weird because it's almost the same. His brilliance.”
Advice: “Be patient and communicate.”
“Try to live together before marriage. We didn't and now we're trying to figure each other out in regards to our living situation.”


Liesbeth & Wim

Country: Belgium

Ethnicity: Flemings

Dated: 2 years

Married: 14 years

Our story: “We met at work in Brussels. I remember the first time I saw her thinking, 'Wow! What a nice girl. What a pity I already have a girlfriend.' We started talking and went out to eat with a group of colleagues. She told me she had seen the Star Wars movie. I was so impressed.” At which point Liesbeth said, “and I hated the movie.” *laughs out loud* Wim continues, “Nevertheless, I thought she was very cool.” Liesbeth remembers the first meeting a little different. “I had been working at the company for 1 month and knew I had met everyone except one person. One day, I was on my way to the copier when I see this man. I immediately had to make a u-turn and sit for a minute because I was like 'oh my god!' I was blown away. We soon found out that both our parents were from Leuven, and we had gone to the same University at the same time and never met.”

Advice: “Live a little before getting married. Respect and be nice to each other.”

“It helps to have some experiences and independence before you marry. This way, you get to know yourself as well. Make sure you feel treated as an equal with your partner.”


Rima & David

Country: USA

Ethnicity: American

Married: 26 years

Our story: “My grandfather was married four times and I had a cousin from his second marriage whom I'd never met until I was like 32. When we met, he was engaged and it turns out her fiancée was best friends with Rima. She introduced us.” Rima added, “after our third date we decided that we were going to get married. 46 days after our first meet up we were engaged.” 

I admire: “That she puts up with me. Her honesty, straight forwardness, she's kind hearted, her intuition, her creativeness.”

Advice: “When you're first married, I don't think you realize the work part of the relationship. You realize the love, the surprises, the sexiness of it all. That's all fun and great except that if you're really in something for the long haul, that changes a lot. Maybe it still stays good and that's ok but it not what can sustain relationship. What sustains a relationship is you have to come back to the drawing board all the time, talk about it, and work at it.”


Eilin & Miguel

Country: Andorra

Ethnicity: Dominican + Spaniard

Dated: 1 year

Married: 1 year

Our story: “We both lived in Madrid and worked only a few blocks away from one another but never met. He then moved to Andorra and I continued living in Spain. It wasn't until my roommate invited me to go to her hometown of Cádiz that we met. My roommate was friends with Miguel since childhood. On one of my holidays, I didn't know what to do and she invited me to go with her to Cádiz. I ended up going with her. She had told Miguel about me and their whole group of friends! I still feel like we met organically because although she planned it and they all knew, I didn't. *Smiles* Our dating time was long distance but we had no problem with that because we knew we had great chemistry, and completely trusted each other.”

Advice: “I believe it's become easier to separate and give up on marriage. It's important to remember to have patience and to be tolerant.”

“Definitely tolerance. Remember that no relationship is perfect.”


Irina & Ghenadie

Country: Moldova

Ethnicity: Moldovans

Dated: 4 years

Married: 4 years

Our story: “When we first met, we didn't like each other. He thought I was too impulsive. I thought he was too calm. Three months later, we met again at a pub. After one or two cocktails, we saw each other in a more positive light and that's how it all started. We dated for a while but never moved in together until we got married. We knew we would get along great so we decided to wait.”

Advice: “Have kids. I wasn't sure if I wanted kids. It took me three years to decide but now I know it's the best thing that happened to our family. It brings such happiness.”

“Don't look at others lives but focus on your own. Do what works for you and your partner.”


Michael & Alexander
Country: USA
Ethnicity: American; Dominican
Dated: 3 years
Married: 2 years 

Our story: "We met online on a gay men dating site. We chatted for a while before meeting. I asked him to lunch one day. We went to a Dominican restaurant. I wanted it to be very casual. Many men here in NYC are very straight forward where a date for them is having sex which, for me, was not in the book. I was looking for a husband. After that lunch, I think we were together every day."
Fav qualities: "He's very creative and a hard worker."
"I think it's his patience. I also appreciate how he keeps me together like when we're preparing for a show, which can be very exhausting."
A struggle: "We, sometimes, are so busy in our professional lives that we forget about ourselves."

Proposal: "I was cooking and he came home with a bottle of bourbon. He asked if I wanted a drink and I said, 'yeah, sure' and the ring was in my whiskey. I wasn't looking and almost swallowed it."
Advice: "Save money. Don't spend it on a big wedding. Marriage is about your vows and each other. Think about the future, especially if you plan to have kids. Communication is also important. Even if you're communicating in ways that are sometimes wrong but you're trying. Also listen."
"Live together and share the same space before marriage so you can see each other at your lows and highs."


Ross & Mark

Country: Portugal

Ethnicity: Mexican + British

Dated: 1 years

Married: 2 years

Our story: “I had moved to Portugal for a few months. We were in the same circle of friends. The first time we met was normal. Just like meeting any friend. I told one of our friends I wanted to make a Mexican dinner for everyone so they knew what traditional Mexican food was like. So we did it at her house and I prepared the meal. At midnight we were giving a “thank you for coming” speech when a friend said, 'what's for dessert?' It took me by surprise because there was still food left and I had been cooking for like 8 hours! I said, seriously? She answered, 'yes.' So I went in the kitchen to try and whip up something quickly. Mark saw I was a little stressed so he came in and said, 'need any help?' and that's how we started. We began casually dating because I was only there for 3 months. We continued talking once I left but it didn't last long because he had a close family member pass away and wanted to be left alone. We stopped talking for months. Out of the blue, I receive an email from him saying he missed me and wanted to stay in contact. Since then, we've been together.”

Advice: “Have lots of patience and try not to hide anything.”

“Communication. I can't know what he's thinking just like he can't know what I'm thinking. One of the two has to take the initiative. I think if you have that, you can bear any situation.”


Ane & Vitjon

Country: Albania

Ethnicity: Albanians
Dated: 1 year

Married: 5 years

Our story: “We met through friends.”

I admire: “his friendliness, that he's hard working, and humorous.” 

“how very nice she is with our children.”

Advice: “Try to understand each other.”


Yuriy & Anastasiya
Country: Ukraine
Ethnicity: Ukranians
Dated: 1.5 years
Married: 8 years

Our story: “We met on a dating website. I had never used a dating site and I met a girl on there and it was going ok and then it wasn’t. I was very disappointed but thought I’d give the site one more shot and I met Anastasiya. I contacted her first. We talked for about 2 weeks before meeting in person. Now it’s a traditional to recreate our first date every year.”
I admire: “How unpredictable and creative she is.”
“His intelligence and sense of humor. Also, how I always feel comfortable with him.”
A struggle: “Sometimes we argue, and I think, because of the way I am, we stay in the argument longer than necessary. I’m trying to change that. In times of trouble, you must unite. Any issues & wars my country is facing has made our relationship stronger and we have united more because of them.”
The proposal: “I proposed on New Year’s Eve. We were partying with some friends and we have a tradition where we share our wishes. Friends were wishing for cars and other things like that and I said, ‘I have only 1 wish and this is to marry Anastasiya.’ And she said yes. Then we had a formal proposal with family at the café where we had our first date.”
Advice: “Listen to each other. Be truly interested in your partner’s life. Find common interests to develop together, but at the same time have something that is just yours without their participation.”
“The perfect recipe is to have a balance of being together and being with yourself and your own activities.”


Björn & Sigur

Country: Iceland

Ethnicity: Icelanders

Dated: 18 years

Married: 5 days

Our story: “We knew of each other in high school but it wasn't until 10 years later that we met at a party. I remember afterwards we had gone to a bar and there was a student of hers who really wanted to talk to her. Basically, I bought him a beer and said 'here's a beer; fuck off.' *laughs* That was on January 10th, 1997. That's the reason why we chose to get married on Jan 10th this year.”

I admire: “how there is so much warmth in her presence. Sometimes one feels something is right. That is the feeling I get when we're together.”

“He is very encouraging. When things are difficult, he manages to make me love the situation


Advice: “Be understanding. Try no to expect the other person to do everything your way.”

“Love the flaws in your partner just as much as the qualities.”


Denica & Robert

Country: Scotland

Ethnicity: Indian; Scot

Dated: 1 year

Our story: “We met at a dance in England. My friend had asked her to dance and I asked her friend. My buddy fancied her friend and Deni so we swapped partners.”

I like: “that she likes me and is very clever.” 

“that we get along well.”

A struggle: “When we first met he was always away because he was in the army and when he was around, he would go out a lot with friends and drink. After leaving the army he calmed down.”

Advice: “Tolerance.” 

“Always talk it out before going to bed. 'One thing he is very good at is never letting us go to bed with an argument.'”


Anna & Anton

Country: Ukraine

Ethnicity: Ukranian + Belarusian

Dated: 2 years

Married: 1.5 years

Our story: “We met in an online chat. I had seen his photos and they impressed me so I decided to write this guy. He responded. A few days later, we met in the city centre. We had dinner, took a walk, and went to the cinema. After only talking for a few minutes, I felt very comfortable with him and it was enough for me to continue talking to him. I remember when we were in the taxi, Anton said, 'I need to make you my wife.' So it's like he proposed that first night!” *smiles happily*

Advice: “Listen to your heart.”

“When getting married, do it your own way. Don't listen to others. Also, if there's a situation where the

couple will live with their parents, find a way to move and live on your own.”


Christy & Panos

Country: Cyprus

Ethnicity: American; Cypriot

Dated: 3 years

Married: 2 years

Our story: “We were both working in a physical therapy office in California. The first thing he ever said to me was mahal kita, which means I love you in Tagalog. My first thought was, 'hmmm...this guuyy.' *laughs*

I admire: “his personality. He has a very strong idea of who he is, which can be frustrating at times; but, I also wish I was more like that.” 

“how strong she was about leaving home and moving to Cyprus.”

A struggle: “Having a child has been difficult at times. I think coming from different backgrounds makes it a bit hard. We have different ideas on how to raise a child but at the end of the day, we both know that what we want is to raise a good kid.”

Advice: “Communicate.” 

“Be honest with each other.”


Yoko & Priit

Country: Estonia

Ethnicity: Estonians

Dated: 2 years

Married: 12 years

Our story: “We met at a music festival. It was love at first sight, so to say. We met again a week later, had lunch, and discussed where we were going to live. We must keep in mind that I was married at the time and had a son. Of course, I wasn’t very happy in my marriage for quite a while. I think meeting Priit put everything in perspective pretty quickly. We moved in together a week after meeting.”

I admire: “When you’re meant to be with someone you cannot pick one thing over the other. I like her as a whole.”

“It’s the same for me but his being is different from me. He’s very calm and I can be fiery. I enjoy that calmness very much because I feel it complements us.”

A struggle: “I think my son from my first marriage sometimes is a struggle because it’s hard trying to make it easy for him. Having to involve my son’s biological father makes it harder, as well.”

Advice: “Always talk and be open about things. Always listen and prioritize. There are no rules. Every couple just has to analyze things.”


Kay & Michael

Country: Ireland

Ethnicity: Irish

Dated: 4 years

Married: 41 years

Our story: “We were both very big golf players. A mutual friend said, 'I have a friend coming into town. Would you like to play golf with her?' “And of course that I would. We won the golf competition. I think it

was love at first sight.”

Advice: “Don't be selfish. Always consider the other person's wants and needs. Be kind to one another. ”

“Accept the other person. If you have a row, you need to talk things through and not go to bed angry.”


Monika & Martynas
Country: Lithuania
Ethnicity: Lithuanians
Dated: 4 years
Married: 4.5 years 

Our story: “We met at a friend’s birthday party. I brought my friend a bottle of Vodka and asked if anyone wanted a drink. No one except my friend and I wanted to drink and so we did. We drank quite a bit and I fell asleep. In the morning I found a picture of Monika and me her friend had taken. Monika suggested we all go to a museum that day and we did. After the museum we all went back to Monika’s home. I really enjoyed her artistic style and I began to notice her on another level.
I admire: “Her understanding ways.”
“His creativity. He paints very nicely, creates music, and he likes photography and videography.”
Advice: “Understand the other’s feelings.”


Adriana & Cristi
Country: Romania
Ethnicity: Romanians
Dated: 7 years
Married: 8 years 

Our story: “A friend and I share the same birthday and thought it would be fun to find more people with the same birthday and get together. Cristi was one of the many my friend had found which annoyed me because I had found none *laughs* so he didn’t present any interest to me at first. So, we met at the party. She was drunk, dancing on top of a table and kind of fell over. I tried to help her, but she didn’t really notice me. We met up another day with a group of friends and went to the seaside and I think that was it for me…I then noticed him.”
I admire: “We kind of complete each other. She’s everything I’m not and vice versa. She’s very outgoing and has an ease with talking to people.”
“His sense of humor. He’s always making me laugh.”
Advice: “Live together first for at least a year or two.”
“Talk to each other and do things together.”


Polona & Tomaz

Country: Slovenia

Ethnicity: Slovenian

Dated: 7 years

Married: 6 years

Our story: “We met through friends. My best friend and her friend started seeing each other. Then they thought we should meet. We chatted online a few times before meeting. The first time was fine but it was our second date when I realized he was a good man and I was very interested.”

I admire: “how easy it is to talk to her.” 

“his spontanaity, wit, and what a great friend he is. I love that he is so tall too!”

Advice: “I think you should know someone really well before getting married.” “Communicate. I don't think getting angry and fighting solves anything. I think talking calmly makes it easier to get through the situation.”


Couple in their home

Country: Albania

Ethnicity: Albanians

Dated: 1 years

Married: 30 years

Our story: “We were introduced by a mutual friend of our families.”

I admire: “I liked the way she looked inside & outside.”

“I liked that he lived in the city. I didn't like living in a village.”

Advice: “Believe in what you want and your choices will soon enough appear. Be happy with your partner.”

“Try to be honest, respectful, and very careful with the one you decide to spend your life with.”


Sofia & Nikos

Country: Greece

Ethnicity: Greeks

Dated: 4 years

Married: 1.5 year

Our story: “We met through Facebook but I've known his father since I was a child because his father worked at

my father's factory. The first time we spoke was through a Facebook message. After 3 months we went out to grab a cup of coffee. 4 months later, we began our relationship. I remember once, Nikos rode his bike for 30km just to be with me. It was very special to me since he had not used a bike in so long but knew how much I loved cycling.”

I admire: “mmm...everything. *laughs* I love that he's risky, sweet, kind. He's the whole package.”

“I love her eyes.”

How did you propose: “I serenaded her and told her, 'I want you to be the woman I'm with the rest of my life.'”

Advice: “Find hobbies you're both interested in and spend time together.”


Agnese & Kaspar
Country: Latvia
Ethnicity: Latvians
Dated: 2 years
Married: 17 years  

Our story: ”We met in school. She was sitting with some friends and I came up to her and thought, ‘yes, I like her.’ So, I pursued her, and it worked.”
I admire: “We help each other grow.”
“His drive.”
A struggle: “Our parenting styles clash at times and we fix it by talking about it.”
Advice: “If it’s what you want, it’ll all work out.” 


Andrea & Marco

Country: Croatia
Ethnicity: Panamanian & Croat
Dated: 6 months
Married: 7 months

Our story: "We met through a circle of friends."

Qualities: "Her personality."

"The way he makes me laugh."

Advice: "Be yourself with each other."


Anna & Michał
Country: Poland
Ethnicity: Polka; Polak
Dated: 2 years
Married: 10 years 

Our story: “We met at the university while doing our studies. After work I would take classes and he joined our group the second semester. Of course, we didn't like each other at first. We became friends with time. I would call and ask him to save me a seat or he would come by to my home and borrow my notes. I thought he wanted a date when he came by the first time but he just wanted the notes. *laughs out loud* I had a boyfriend at the time. Once my boyfriend called me to tell me he was too tired to pick me up after class. I was frustrated with his attitude and Michał offered to take me. I took it as he was offering me a ride every time from then on *laughs again* so we spent our time talking on our drives."
Advice: "Even though you're a couple, you still should have your own life. Your own hobbies. If you don't have any, find some." 

"Don't have a secretive life but have your own independence; communicating with your partner and making sure you are both in agreement." 


Éva & Andor

Country: Hungary
Ethnicity: Hungarians
Married: 37 years

Our story: “In 1957 I met my husband and his family. He had a very big family. A lot of cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. That was new for me, of course, because I had lost all 49 members of my family in the Holocaust. His family lived in Budapest, which was the only place Hungarian Jews could possibly survive, in the Budapest Ghetto.” She then continued with how it feels to fall in love at an older age. “When you fall in love as an older person, it is something unbelievable. You feel very young. You repeat the feelings of being young in your old age. Everything is made with all your soul. You know that every moment is very precious. We know that we are the luckiest persons on earth because of that feeling. It is something extraordinary and wonderful.”

Advice: “Young couples need to learn to have patience with each other. They can't give up so easily.”


Sara & Ian

Country: England

Ethnicity: British + Jewish

Dated: 3 years

Married: 30 years

Our story: “We were set up by a college friend. She had said, 'if you ever come through here, someone would really like to meet you.' “and we met!” 

I admire: “I admire her beauty, loyalty, kindness, how you always know where you stand with her. She's someone I can lean on

because we're such good friends.”

Advice: “Grow together. Try and achieve things together.”


Claudia & Roman

Country: Austria
Ethnicity: Austrians
Dated: 14 years
Married: 2.5 years

Our story: “We met through my cousin. He had asked me if I wanted to join him and a couple of friends for a game of badminton so I did. She was one of the friends. Our first date was in this cinema. That's why we chose to meet you here.”

I admire: “It's something very nice but very bad too. He always tells you the truth. He's very straight forward. Also, I can always count on him.”
“She's always been a strong woman. She easily brushes off the bad and moves on. She's different from any other woman I've met. She stands out.”

Do you remember your first kiss: “Yes. It happened on our second date. We went to an Italian restaurant and had pizza. On our way out, it began to rain. We walked to the tram station. While waiting for the next train, I kissed her.”
“I was very sick, actually. At the time I didn't know my appendix was about to burst. I was in a lot of pain but I really wanted to be with him and was hoping we would kiss.”


Bente & Bjorn
Country: Norway
Ethnicity: Norwegians
Dated: a little over a year
Married: 7.5 years
Our story: “We met at a motorbike event at Teddy's Bar. My friend and I joined and she was there with some of her friends as volunteers. We became friends for a few years before getting together.”
I admire: “her personality.”
“how he's different from any one I've met.”
Advice: “Go for it! Make sure to have space to do your own thing to be able to still be you.”
“Try to find time for each other in your every day life.”


Per-Ola & Carina

Country: Sweden

Ethnicity: Swedes

Dated: 8 years

Married: 23 years

Our story: “We met while playing in the Military Orchestra. During a weekend tour down in the south of Sweden I ended up as an extra in her band. We got together one night for pizza. That's how it all started. We were married in a bit of a sneaky way. The day we baptized our daughter we thought, 'since everyone's already here, let's do it now.' So no one knew they were there for a wedding as well.”

I admire: “he's so honest and kind. He is someone I trust 100%.”

“her drive and passion for what she's doing.”

Advice: “Have good friends around. Know that you don't always have to do everything together. If you don't have the same interests, that's ok. It's a nice thing for you to do what you like because when you come home, you'll have something to talk about. Be confident and trust the other person.”

“A good way to make a relationship last is not to spend too much time together. This way you don't

aggravate and bore each other. You'll have more to share.”