Social media romances are practically de rigeur these days. From elaborate marriage proposals going viral on YouTube to Pinterest-planned weddings, digital love is truly all around.
Engaged couple Elizabeth Wisdom and Denis Lafargue are taking that trend to unprecedented levels. The pair met and fell in love on Instagram and, on June 27, got engaged with the help of Wisdom's Instagram posts.
It all started last summer, when Wisdom, a photographer, shared this photo from her family vacation to Crater Lake in Oregon on her Instagram page. Lafargue happened upon the shot and commented, "*Gasping* I miss this place." The two were complete strangers, but they had a short exchange of comments, culminating in Lafargue jokingly suggesting they move there. Wisdom's response? "Yes! Haha. I could definitely live there. ;)"
From there, they began regularly commenting on each others' pictures, leaving affectionate comments back and forth. They eventually exchanged numbers so they could communicate outside of the photo-sharing app. Last October, Wisdom bit the bullet and flew to New Orleans to meet her virtual love in person. The meeting went well, and Lafargue eventually called her his "Instalady." Through trips back and forth between New Orleans and Wisdom's East Texas hometown, their connection deepened.
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A year after their first interaction, their unconventional beginning led to a traditional relationship milestone: A marriage proposal. Lafargue took Wisdom to a barn near her home in Texas, where she told him she wanted to get married someday. Inside the barn, he had hung Instagram photos as an actual timeline, with personal notes attached. Then, engagement ring in hand, he got down on one knee.
Lafargue described the entire proposal as such:
"Yesterday, I drove out and surprised Elizabeth by proposing to her out at her grandma's. She and her parents came out to have dinner with grandma like any other day, but when they pulled up there was a note from me telling Elizabeth to go to the back door. And at the back door I had set up a 30 picture timeline of me and Elizabeth's Instagram posts leading to the barn. It started with when we made our IG accounts, to when I followed her last summer, the posts where we started flirting, the post when I got her phone #, the process of us "talking." us skyping, her coming to New Orleans for the first time, our LumberJack photo shoot, Christmas, our birthdays, Valentines day, our trip to Austin, the beach, our families finally meeting last weekend, and everything in between! Meanwhile, I was waiting with my guitar in the barn. As she got into the barn, I played her a juicy, romantic song that I wrote for her. After many pauses and tears of joy, I finished the song, got on one knee and asked Elizabeth to marry me! It was so perfect out there. The sun was setting, and she looked so beautiful. So excited for our future together. // This is the note and the first 3 pictures in the timeline. I printed the photos out and pasted them onto paper that I soaked in coffee. Under each photo I wrote the date of the post, what it symbolized, and our comments. Then strung them up on string between bamboo shoots. // Also, Thank y'all so much for all the support as we have journeyed in our relationship thus far. This is an amazing community that I'm blessed to be a part of. And to read y'all's wonderful, encouraging comments is just so amazing."
Talk about a 21st-century love story. The couple is currently planning a wedding for next fall, and we have a hunch that their ceremony and reception décor will incorporate Instagram pictures somehow. Whatever wedding style they choose, we know the photography will be top-knotch—and well-shared!
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