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This past Saturday, Shirley Stewart and Rashid Smith exchanged vows in a very unconventional place: IKEA. Although not necessarily the destination spot for all engaged couples, this particular pair has a sweet history as the story unfolds. The IKEA in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is where 46 year old Stewart and her then fourteen year old daughter Jashirele first laid eyes upon Smith, 46 in 2005. The two of them began following him around the store, trying to see if he wore a ring or was with another woman. Finally, Jashirelle got so fed up...

Last Friday, one of the best break-up letters went viral on Reddit. It proves that even the sweetest letters can have the most caustic undertones. Starting off with an overly friendly “Hey Honey!” the note reveals that the girlfriend found out about the infamous “Kelsi,” the girl he was cheating on her with. But, she decided to make this breakup even sweeter by hiding his belongings in various locations. His clothes were where they first met, his videogames where they first kissed, his laptop where they bought their first videogame...

Loraine Fergusson, a well-known author from Didcot, Oxfordshire just released the 300 letter correspondence between her parents during World War II on her newest blog “With Love from Graz.” For about ten years, Fergusson had been interviewing her mother about her experiences in the war for a historical novel she was planning on writing. One day, she asked her mother if she could read the love letters between her and her father, and her mother’s response was that she would be too embarrassed if her daughter read them now. She was...

If you ever thought you had a bad break up, you are definitely not alone! Here’s a list of tweets describing their worst relationship endings… from engagement rings thrown out the window to secret escapes to Singapore, and everything in between. Take a look at the list of disasters! Have a breakup horror story of your own you want to share? Send it in to info(at)romancebeat.com. ...

Posted on May 16 2013 - 6:33pm by Barbara Gabor
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How we met is a regular feature, where we ask various couples how they met. This week we spoke to Barbara Gabor. This is her story. It was a  cold and rainy night…not really. Just another Friday night at Johnny’s – a come-and-be-seen-and-dance place for those of us who had passed their 5th decade.   Sitting at the bar, three blonds (one of them me) talking, watching, and dancing every now...

In the 70s, champion American Tennis players, Chris Evert and Jimmy Conors were an item. They were two young people, excelling in the same sport, competing at the same Grand Slam events. It was a perfect environment to start a long lasting romance, which is probably why they were engaged to be married, but the wedding was called off. Neither discussed what happened, what went wrong, why the change...

Since Easter 1978, Donald and Mary Featherstone have been wearing matching , home-made outfits. It all started on a brutally hot day when Mary offered to make Donald a short –sleeved shirt to wear instead of his suit and tie, which was his usual outfit at the time. Since then, Mary has taken up making clothes for Donald, and then using the extra material to make a matching outfit for herself. Mary jokes that, although it’s only the two of them in a big house, all the closets are full. However, this is not the Featherstone’s only...

After a bitter divorce battle, Mike Taylor has finally been reunited with his “Love Love.” It took five years, but Taylor has found his beloved family pet thanks to a friend. “Love Love,” a macaw, was sold by his wife during the divorce and Taylor admitted he’d been searching for him this whole time. Thanks to Taylor’s friend, Steven Campbell, and a lucky visit to Montana’s Parrot &...

Jennifer Batugo and Brian Gargano received the gift of a lifetime from breast cancer survivor and wedding officiant Elysia Skye. Jennifer and Brian thought their dreams of becoming man and wife was almost impossible when his fiancée Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer giving her only months to live. With this unexpected news, the...

When you hear the words marriage proposal certain images pop into your head like flowers, champagne, candles, even the occasional beautiful backdrop with mountains and streams. Although this is a highly fantasized version, this is what people have come to understand as the romantic proposal. However, Taylor Baum took a very different approach when he decided to ask...