The 19 Most Romantic Things That Happened In 2013

For everyone who loves love.

1. Leslie’s wish with a few months left to live: to marry her high school sweetheart, Daniel.

Sarah Pizzaruso / Via Make A Wish

Sarah Pizzaruso / Via Make A Wish

 

2. The story of Jesse and Kelly.

Jesse Cottle was serving in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED, losing both of his legs. He met Kelly during his recovery, and they fell in love and eventually married. Jesse says: “If I hadn’t stepped on that IED I wouldn’t have met her. I wouldn’t take it back ever.”

3. Spencer’s Home Depot proposal.

4. This groom overwhelmed with emotion at his wedding.

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5. Their 70th wedding anniversary.

6. The man who just wanted to make his wife laugh while she was enduring chemotherapy.

7. This wedding, and the thousands of others made possible by increasing marriage equality.

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8. The Pugprosal.

Wendy Frink

Wendy Frink

 

9. This love song, 73 years in the making.

Video available at: http://vimeo.com/70426141.

10. This v. serious love letter from a 6-year-old.

11. Japanese husbands shouting their feelings of love for their wives.

KIYOSHI OTA/EPA /LANDOV

KIYOSHI OTA/EPA /LANDOV

 

12. The Harry Potter proposal.

Video available at: http://vimeo.com/74996697.

13. Jenn was afraid that her aggressive cancer would force her to cancel her wedding, but the the kindness of strangers crowdfunded the wedding to ensure it would happen in time.

Jennifer Gargano

Jennifer Gargano

 

14. This couple.

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“We were best friends in high school.”
“Did you both know the other was gay?”
“I knew she was. She didn’t know I was.”
“So how did she find out?”
“I wrote her a love letter.”

15. The most over-the-top wedding proposal ever.

16. When actress Maria Bello came out as part of a “modern family,” telling the story of explaining her romantic love for her female best friend to her 12-year-old son.

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17. This adorable welcome home note from a wife whose husband was in the hospital.

 

18. You are my sunshine.

19. And this hopeless romantic.

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