Buckle your seat belts, brides, because this modern-day love story is totally out to prove that finding "the one" can happen in the most unexpected places, in the most unexpected ways.
When Ben, who lived in San Francisco at the time, began searching for a place to stay in Tel Aviv in 2014, he turned to the popular tech startup Airbnb for a comfortable, homey space to call his own (at least for a little!). And the room he came upon was none other than Noa's, who just so happened to be traveling in Brazil at the time. Having his mind set on Noa's place, Ben even tried to offer some treats from his San Fran company, The Good Chocolate, as a way to persuade her into letting him stay in her home. But, what Ben didn't know was that Noa had accidentally forgotten to list the room as "unavailable" while on her Brazilian adventure.
Feeling pretty crummy about the mix-up, Noa offered to meet with Ben for a cup of coffee while he was still in Tel Aviv (he managed to find another place to hunker down in during his stay there). And the rest they say is history! According to Apartment Therapy, "Noa learned that Ben was a calm, thoughtful, curious person who makes delicious chocolate. And Ben learned that Noa was an accomplished singer and artist who asked lots and lots of questions."
For the next year or so the unexpected couple kept in touch nearly daily, and even visited each other several times throughout those love-filled months. Clearly smitten, it was only logical that the pair would see a wedding in their future. But because their families are from two separate parts of the world, they decided to do a civil service in San Francisco right in the Airbnb headquarters to make such a small ceremony mean a more.
As the two said their "I do's" Airbnb employees filled the atrium space and looked on as Ben and Noa proclaimed their undying love for each other. When they exchanged rings and kissed, the crowd roared and cheered in delight. And that's not all, Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia "surprised the couple with a $5,000 Airbnb gift card to put towards their [honeymoon] travels," according to Apartment Therapy. Awww!