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40 Years After Falling for a Girl, He Finally Got to Be with Her

A lovesick teenager gets the girl—
40 years later.

Coronavirus Canceled Our Wedding—Until a Good Samaritan Stepped In

Getting married in the middle of a pandemic may sound crazy but if COVID-19 has taught us one thing it's...


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This Soon-to-be Bride Sent One Invitation to the Wrong Address—But She Got the Most Touching Note in...

Kindness can really make you pause and be thankful during a stressful time.


Men and Women Share the Sweetest Thing Their Partner Has Ever Said to Them

It may feel like romance can get lost in the shuffle of everyday life, but these couples remind us that...


My Dream Guy Broke My Heart—and Allowed Me to Find the Love of My Life

His snarky remark turned out to be the best thing anyone's ever said to me.

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15 Bizarre Royal Wedding Mishaps That Are Totally True

From drunken kings to runaway horses, even royal weddings have their share of flubs.


The Last Seven Months of My Husband’s Life Were His Greatest Gift to Me

How caring for her dying husband turned into the most meaningful time of one woman’s life.

My Husband Won Me over by Showing up to Events He Wasn’t Invited To

She wasn’t wild about Harry at first, 
but he kept popping up.


8 Stories of First Loves That Will Touch Your Heart This Valentine’s Day

From stories of playground crushes to smooth-talking bad boys, members of the Reader's Digest contributor network tell us all about...


This Couple’s 43-Year-Long Love Story All Started in a Pen Pal Club

Once our paths crossed, being together was all that mattered.


28 Real Couples Reveal How They Knew They Found “The One”

Was it that shy glance, the clever line—or an offer to fix a clogged sink? As our readers’ stories attest,...

24 Summer Love Stories That Will Make You Swoon

According to these truly epic tales of romance, one way to find a love that lasts in summer is to...


The Heartwarming Reason My Grandma Ironed My Grandpa’s Work Clothes Every Day—Even Though He W...

The author’s grandmother wanted the world 
to see her husband not as an aging farmer with false teeth but exactly...


I Wrote Letters to 3 Beauty Contest Winners in the ’40s—64 Years Later, I’m Still Happil...

I was shocked when I got return letters from all three of them. But one stood out to me more...



An Annual Ski Trip Turned Into a Quest for Survival

Despite their extraordinary wilderness skills, the Finnish couple were in grave danger.


My Husband and I Got Married in the Church My Grandpa Built

Grandpa told Breanna that her wedding in the village was a dream come true.


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I Screwed Up the Honeymoon, But 68 Years Later We Are Still in Love

But the couple is still married, 68 years later!


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Decades After Tying the Knot, This Couple Finally Got to Walk Down the Aisle Together

Bill and Alice have been together for more than 50 years.


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I Made a 21-Point List of the Requirements for the Man I Would Marry—and It Worked!

Carl and I have been married 65 years, and he still lives up to the list.


One Heartwarming Reason Every Girl Should Have a “Hope Chest” Before Marriage

Piece by piece, I built up for a life filled with hope and love, as I kept alive the hope...


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WOW: This Bride Has Fit Into Her Dress Through 70 Years of Marriage

Betty Jane Budd Griffin puts her wedding dress back on for all her major anniversaries.


A Couple Spent Just $30 on Their Honeymoon to Maine—and Loved Every Minute Of It

Newlyweds Terry and Jim Orcutt created honeymoon memories on vacation in Maine during the 1970s.

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Why Forgetting Their Anniversary Was the Best Thing This Couple Ever Did

This couple's "every-other-year" anniversary rule is the best idea ever.


A Widow Went White Water Rafting With Her Husband’s Ashes. What Happened Next Was Devastatingly Beau...

How Neshama Franklin wound up paying tribute to her late husband—and healing herself in the process.



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The Stranger Who Changed My Life: A Short Love Story

In this true short love story, a party girl meets her match as she passes through Montana with a traveling...


A Devoted Husband Confesses: Why I Wear Two Wedding Bands

A man explains to a stranger how wearing a second wedding band has changed his life.


“I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced”

When her family would not help her escape the horror her life had become, this Yemeni child acted on her...