9 Real-Life Love Stories That Are Better Than The Movies

Maybe you’ve had your heart broken one too many times, and you think it’s easier to be a cynic. And every time you watch a fairytale moment in a movie, all you want to do is gag.

But you know what? True love exists, yo!

1. Remember crying during ‘Up’ when Mr. Fredrickson still talked to Ellie every day, even after she died?

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This woman’s husband passed away, but she still has lunch with him each afternoon.

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2. You know the part in ‘The Notebook’ when Allie suddenly remembered her husband, Noah, and it seemed a bit impossible?

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This man with Alzheimer’s couldn’t remember his children, his home or anything else. But whenever he saw the woman he married, he’d say “Look at my beautiful wife!”

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3. Remember how ‘The Notebook’ ends with Allie and Noah dying hand-in-hand? You probably bawled but thought it was too far-fetched.

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Helen and Les Brown had the same birthday, were married for 75 years, and died one day a part.

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4. You know how in ‘Sleepless In Seattle’ Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks meet for the first time at the top of the Empire State Building, and it’s perfect?

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This moment is way better.

5. Remember how, in ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ Melanie and Jake fell in love as kids?

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These two met when they were 3 years old.

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6. And you know how they show all those old happy couples in ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ and you’re like, does that even happen IRL?!

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It does.

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“He just stood there with her to make sure she was alright.”

Hospital Wedding Held By Son For Ailing Mother In Pennsylvania

LATROBE, Pa. — An ailing Pennsylvania cancer patient was able to witness her son’s wedding after medical staff helped arrange a hastily planned wedding in the hospital chapel.

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Anna Mae Kern was escorted to the chapel by groom Adam Kern and bride Ashley Leighty for the wedding Friday at Excela Latrobe Area Hospital. She had hospitalized last week after a long struggle with breast cancer.

“Life is so short. I wanted her to see it,” Adam Kern told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The couple was engaged last year but didn’t have a firm wedding date in mind. After Kern’s mother was hospitalized – not long after attending her daughter’s wedding – they asked the hospital staff for help arranging a ceremony for their own nuptials.

Staff decorated Anna Mae Kern’s wheelchair with white crepe-paper streamers and a red paper heart for the ceremony. Family members followed her and the couple into the chapel, where Leighty and Kern exchanged vows surrounded by flowers and balloons.

Hospital staff and family blew bubbles for the newlyweds outside. And as Anna Mae Kern, 63, approached her son and new daughter-in-law, she exclaimed “There they are! There’s my family.”

The hospital provided cake and punch for the reception.

“I wanted to do it mainly for my mother,” Adam Kern told KDKA-TV, “because I knew she wasn’t going to be here. And my fiance, that’s how great she is, said whatever it takes.”

Leighty said her mother-in-law’s strength is an inspiration.

“You leave the room and you feel like you’ve been lifted. Very strong. And she makes me feel that way,” Leighty said.

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Long Lost Loves Reunite 35 Years After Summertime Romance

For Gay Cioffi and Mark Obenhaus, their glorious Hamptons summer romance of 1978 was filled with laughter and played out to the smooth sounds of Steely Dan.

Finally: Gay Cioffi and Mark Obenhaus listen to toasts at their wedding which took place at the East Hampton Point resort in East Hampton, NY August 3, 2013

Finally: Gay Cioffi and Mark Obenhaus listen to toasts at their wedding which took place at the East Hampton Point resort in East Hampton, NY August 3, 2013

Falling in love at first sight, Gay moved in with Mark the very same July day he introduced himself on Gibson Beach and the two began an intense three week romance shacked up at his Sagaponack vacation home.

They spent their days driving around in her Fiat convertible and spent hours watching the rich and famous of the exclusive Long Island resort.

Their neighbors were such luminaries as filmmaker Nora Ephron and her-then husband, journalist Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame.

But as the shadows grew longer, life got in the way of their affair and 27-year-old Gay moved on to her dream job as a teacher in Georgetown, Washington D.C. and Mark, 32, returned to New York to become a successful documentary maker for PBS.

After one or two late night phone calls, the love-birds lost touch and moved on with their lives.

‘It is a little mysterious,’ said Mark, now 67, to the New York Times. ‘I do think the fact that we had both married young, we were not looking for our life partners.’

Happy Couple: Mark and Gay look ecstatic to finally have made it down the aisle after 35 years apart from each other.

Happy Couple: Mark and Gay look ecstatic to finally have made it down the aisle after 35 years apart from each other.

Both remarried. Gay, now 62, married a filmmaker in 1983 and had two children, Ryder Cioffi Henry and Mia Cioffi Henry.

In the same year, Mark married Lynn Kohlman, a model and fashion executive. Their son, Sam, was born in 1986, the same year as Mia.

Gay separated from her husband in 1998 and came to the conclusion that her romantic life was over.

‘I thought, ‘I’ve been married twice, I’ve been so lucky to find love and romance,’ she said. ‘I wasn’t looking for that again,’ said Gay.

Tragedy struck Mark’s life when his wife was diagnosed with breast and brain cancer in 2002.
She suffered terribly and died in 2008.

‘He took care of her devotedly for all of those years and then she died and he said to me, ‘I’ll never get married again,’ said Richard Brick, a close friend and longtime production partner.

‘And it was heartbreaking.’

Happy Couple: Gay and Mark both married twice and brought up their own families in the 35-years since they parted in August of 1978.

Happy Couple: Gay and Mark both married twice and brought up their own families in the 35-years since they parted in August of 1978.

However, it was the death of Sleepless in Seattle director Nora Ephron from cancer in June 2012 that changed everything.

Gay began to listen to Steely Dan again and she began to open up to her family about the wonderful romance she had shared 34 years ago with Mark.

‘It is such a cliché to look up old boyfriends and then be disappointed, and it was so perfect; I don’t want to disturb what to me was this perfect memory,’ said Gay to the New York Times.

But look him up on Facebook she did and then experienced the rushing panic of sending a friend request and waiting for him to reply.

However, Mark shot back a message to her within four minutes: ‘So nice to see your name appear,’ said Mark.

‘I thought of you and that summer we met when Nora Ephron passed. I have a home not far from where we met and was at Gibson Beach this weekend. I hope we can catch up some day. Life is too short, as they say.’

Gay with her son Ryder and Mark on his own are now all part of the same extended family.

Gay with her son Ryder and Mark on his own are now all part of the same extended family.

Two cautious dates in September of 2012 followed and Mark quickly realized he was falling for her all over again.

Trying hard to win his old flame back, Mark sent a Facebook message telling her he had held something back during their reacquaintance.

It was a Polaroid photograph of her, in bed facing the camera. He emailed this momento to her and to his total surprise, she messaged him back with a picture of him, on the opposite side of the bed from the same moment.

Mark wrote her back: ‘OMG, my head is exploding, who’s writing this script?’

Things moved so fast. They told each other they were in love again. And then just one month after they had met again after 34 years, Mark asked Gay to marry her.

‘Definitely,’ replied Gay. ‘Well, I’ve loved you my whole life.’

The happy couple tied the knot on August 3rd in East Hampton, just a few miles from Gibson beach where they first laid eyes on each other.

Their children and 185 guests were all there and when the town clerk asked them if they were to marry each other, instead of ‘I do’, they replied, ‘Definitely’.

Story Credit: Daily Mail

Cute Proposal Story Features Children’s Book Written By Groom-To-Be

One Redditor’s storybook marriage proposal has a very happy ending.

User ppaul9 popped the question to his girlfriend using a children’s book he wrote about their relationship, which he later had illustrated, printed and put on the shelf of their local library. In the story (see the full text here), he is represented by a gorilla (“I’m clumsy and big like a gorilla, always using brute force to solve problems.”) and his girlfriend by a giraffe, one of her favorite animals.

“I had her stumble across it at the library and read it to me,” ppaul9 wrote on Redditon Monday. “When she got to the right page, I got on my knee and asked if she would marry me.”

Check out the adorable photos from the proposal below:

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Photo credit: Laura Ingram

Illustrator: Yoni Limor

So how exactly did he orchestrate this elaborate proposal?

In the comments, ppaul9 writes, “I told her I wanted to wine and dine her a few weeks ago. I then rented some books from the library early that week with the due date on the proposal day. So we had to go drop the books off before dinner.”

Then when they were on their way to the library, he texted the photographer, Laura Ingram, to tell her to put the book on the shelf. He and his girlfriend always go to the children’s section to find books for her nieces and nephews, so it was not out of the ordinary for them to be in that area. When they arrived, the photographer got down on her hands and knees, crawling behind bookshelves so that she would not be noticed. And in case you had any doubt, his girlfriend said, “Yes!”

But this isn’t the first super-sweet storybook proposal we’ve seen of late. In March 2013, Jason Methner wrote a children’s book called “A Hare-y Tale” about his relationship with girlfriend Molly Lipsitz and had it placed on the shelves of the Chicago Public Library. Interestingly, both Methner and ppaul9’s books were illustrated by Yoni Limor.

 

Story Credit: Huffington Post