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#Instagram Couple Meet in Person for the First Time, Get #Married Immediately

There was a time, many moons ago, when meeting someone and forming a relationship with them through social media, long before meeting in person, would have been considered unusual. Now, in the seemingly more connect world we reside in, it almost seems par for the course. Dating is so inextricably structured around the internet now that any stigma about finding love online has almost completely faded away.

Still, how much can you really learn about someone without actually meeting them, does the connection have any substance, or is it just hypothetical. It's almost reminiscent of the Schrödinger's cat experiment - as long as the communication remains remote, the relationship both does, and does not function. Meeting in person is like opening the box. In this case, the cat was not only alive, but it leaped out of the box with so much energy it almost hit the ceiling.

Arte Vann and Erica Harris first connected after Erica liked a poem Arte had posted on his Instagram. Arte noticed, and they gradually developed a connection through commenting on each others' posts, and tagging. Within a week, this had already blossomed into a romantic relationship, they moved from Instagram chat to phone conversations, and professed their love for each other. Things hit a bump in the road later on, when, deciding that they could do without the anonymous comments on their situation, they both deleted their Instagram accounts.

Erica made a new one shortly after, reaching out to Arte to help her through a rough patch, but unbeknownst to her, he had just been in a severe car accident and was in hospital recovering. He made a new account and the two ended up giving each other a lot of mutual support. Last Friday, Arte touched down at the LA Ontario international airport, and within literally seconds of seeing Erica in the flesh for the first time, he was down on bended knee.

If you've been following all this, you might think it sounds very spontaneous, almost irrationally so, but it's worth remembering that both parties felt a connection immediately and spent a long time talking on the phone, relating to the difficulties both of them have had in the past. Erica in particular is a single mother, having endured a disastrous first marriage.

The story had a small following when they first started talking in February of last year, but their impromptu marriage at the airport has taken social media by storm. A reporter was on hand to film the ceremony, since there obviously hadn't been time for any family to travel over, particularly on Arte's part, and the footage quickly spread across the internet, reminding people of the, ahem, forgive me, power of love.

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF

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#Instagram Couple Meet in Person for the First Time, Get #Married Immediately Reviewed by Unknown on Sunday, February 07, 2016 Rating: 5

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