Weddings: A Data-Driven Courtship

The spreadsheet that Nicole Alison Woon and Jeffrey Ryan Chheng use to record the restaurants they’ve patronized in Seattle, nearly over 500 and counting, can be read as an oblique diary of the couple’s developing relationship. It contains Umi Sake House, the sushi spot where Ms. Woon and Mr. Chheng had their second date; RN74,…

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Love Letter: Can a Strained Marriage Survive Confinement?

For some married couples, the stress of quarantine and trying to create normalcy in confined spaces have led to bubbling tensions and arguments. When France imposed a lockdown last spring, Monique El-Faizy and her husband were already struggling to revive the passion in their marriage. In the weeks that followed, her husband moved to a…

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Bride and Groom, Side by Side in a Preschool Photo

Alexandra Levy Olsman and Zachary Isaac Frankel lived across Rittenhouse Square from each other at a young age and went to the same Montessori preschool in Philadelphia. But, when a mutual friend introduced them in October 2016, they had no memory of ever meeting. Mr. Frankel said the mutual friend, Lauren Jacobs, had reached out…

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A Well-Planned Date That Sealed the Deal and Inspired an App

The 14 guests who sent screen shots of negative Covid tests to Jordan Scott and Nick Gash before their New Year’s Eve wedding did so out of devotion to a couple whose love felt worth leaving home for amid a pandemic. But they couldn’t have been blamed for expecting to attend a more action-packed celebration…

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After a Few Dates, They Traveled to the Other Side of the World

Imagine this: In the wee hours one morning, during a vacation in Southeast Asia, you set off with a guide to hike to the top of Mount Merapi, a volcano in Indonesia. After a grueling, miles-long plod, you arrive at the top, just in time for sunrise. You find the perfect spot to sit. As…

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Side by Side in a Preschool Photo

Alexandra Levy Olsman and Zachary Isaac Frankel lived across Rittenhouse Square from each other at a young age and went to the same Montessori preschool in Philadelphia. But, when a mutual friend introduced them in October 2016, they had no memory of ever meeting. Mr. Frankel said the mutual friend, Lauren Jacobs, had reached out…

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A Data-Driven Courtship

The spreadsheet that Nicole Alison Woon and Jeffrey Ryan Chheng use to record the restaurants they’ve patronized in Seattle, nearly over 500 and counting, can be read as an oblique diary of the couple’s developing relationship. It contains Umi Sake House, the sushi spot where Ms. Woon and Mr. Chheng had their second date; RN74,…

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Speed Swiping Right to a Warm, Winning Smile

Rachel Jennifer Heyman did some quick-fire swiping on the Tinder dating app at her apartment in Manhattan one Saturday evening in January 2019 with her friend over glasses of wine, a variety of Trader Joe’s appetizers and reality TV. “At points we would take each other’s phone,” she said, and swiped right for each other…

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A Very Long Engagement Runs Its Course

Dinesh Desai moved to Silicon Valley in 2008 to take a job at a start-up. He met Claire Umeda on the job. “I knew the second I saw her that she’s the one,” said Mr. Desai, 50, who goes by Dash. “I just knew I was going to be with her.” But as he was…

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A Surprising Instant Connection

When Rohini Pragasam and Chris Walton met for a first date in April 2018 at a Japanese restaurant in Manhattan, each had arrived in anticipation of impressing the other with knowledge of all-things Japan. But before Ms. Pragasam, 52, could mention the fact that she had studied Japanese in college and lived in and around…

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