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In these modern, tech-centric times, it's not unusual to encounter a married couple who met via the Internet. With all of the dating sites and apps out there — hello eHarmony and Tinder &Mdash; finding your life-long mate can be as easy as swiping right on the cutie who happens to love pie just as much as you do. But for one particular couple from Indianapolis, their love story started in a place they least expected.
When Andrea Diaz downloaded Instagram back in 2012, she never suspected it would lead her to the love of her life. But sure enough, after posting adorable shots of her maltese dog to her account, Colin Chapin wound up following her page in a weird twist of fate.
Chapin's BFF, Noah Meadors, actually was the first to find Diaz's account after searching for #maltesedogs on the app. A few days later, Chapin was scrolling through to see who his friends were following and, oddly enough, ended up taking a risk on following Diaz.
"I followed them both back because I remember thinking, 'What's the harm? It's not as though we'll ever meet. They live in Indy!" Diaz, who was located in Florida at the time, told FOX59.
The two strangers began leaving little comments on each other's photos, saying things like, 'Nice shot!' or 'Great photo,' but as time went on the comments began to reveal more intimate details about their lives.
"At one point, our conversations grew so long that a simple photo of a landscape showed 30 comments, only it was us having silly, totally public conversations," Diaz told FOX59.
One thing led to another and the pair eventually exchanged phone numbers, which ended up leading to hours of conversation. The next major step in the couple's relationship was, naturally, meeting each other in person. But with the threat of catfishing so high (ahem, just watch the shady MTV show), Chapin was a teeny bit nervous about who Diaz could actually turn out to be. After landing in Florida though, those fears were quickly squelched, as you can see in their Instagram below!
In August of 2013, Diaz packed up her bags and moved to Indianapolis to be closer to her beau. And by April of 2016, Chapin was ready to pop the question — but he obviously couldn't do it in regular fashion! So in lieu of their chance Instagram encounter, Chapin asked Diaz to marry him in an adorable Insta pic of the two of them on their first date. Can you say presh?!
After saying "YES!" to her new fiancé, Diaz paid thanks to the social media app by saying, "Thank you @instagram for bringing this beautiful man into my life."