Relationships

The Very First Emails Alex and I Sent to Each Other (We Were Nervous!)

This weekend, Alex and I celebrated our 11th (!) wedding anniversary, so we thought it would be fun to look up our very first emails to each other. We originally met at an Oscars party thrown by mutual friends. When he walked in, my immediate thought was, ‘Who’s the cute guy in the glasses?’ After chatting at the party, I knew I liked him, so a couple days later, I worked up the nerve to ask him out. Here’s how it went…

Here are our first emails, annotated by us today:

Says Alex now: Rereading this, it reminds me how shocked I was to receive this. It was like getting an email out of the blue saying, “Hi, would you like a billion dollars?” I couldn’t believe my luck! I also see how my response seemed a little cooler than I intended. I was over the moon!

Says Joanna now: I’m just so glad I sent that email. We ended up going to the dinner — then dating, then moving in together, then getting engaged, then getting married, then having two kids. So, yes, very glad I sent that email.

P.S. Our first official date the following Friday, and how long do you wait to sleep with someone?

(Photo of us by our friend Porter Hovey.)

  1. Kim says...

    So sweet! Thanks for sharing both the OG emails and your current thoughts. Made me smile for sure!

  2. I sent an appreciation email after reading a blogpost in 2006 :-). We met FIVE years later and eventually got married 8 years after that first email (baby is now ONE!). I’m glad I sent that email.

    • Emma says...

      Happy anniversary!
      This is such a sweet story
      Thank you for sharing so much of your lives with your readers!

  3. gina s says...

    *Just echoing most everyone else to say this truly made me smile. Funny when you can think back to the beginning of a relationship and blush. Love that you still had these!

  4. Rebecca says...

    With most of my exes, there was a lot of emailing – funny, interesting, flirty, silly – but with my husband of 13 years, I don’t think we have ever sent each other a single email that is not purely functional and condensed to purely need-to-know information – along the lines of “can you laminate attached” or “holiday booking ref attached” or “remember ballet finishes 6.30 today.” If you cut and pasted them altogether they wouldn’t even make up an A4 piece of paper. I don’t know what that means!

    • I find that so sweet somehow!

  5. Mara says...

    I give you major props for writing in lowercase to a New York Times journalist! :) I’m so self-conscious – I remember in the early days, I’d read my emails to my now husband 5x over. I work in media relations and am SO impressed that you sort of “pitched” the date as an opportunity for coverage too – so freakin smart. Happy anniversary to you!

  6. Julia says...

    Happy anniversary!! From a reader who’s been here since you two were dating…11 years makes ME feel old! My own 7 year anniversary is next week and I shamelessly copied your bridal look four years after. I didn’t realize until now the dates were similar too, haha. Your wedding was so beautiful! I loved reading about it!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      aww, thank you, Julia!! and happy early anniversary!

  7. I haven’t posted here in forever, but I absolutely love this! thanks so much for sharing! This makes me so happy! I love that he says he felt like he won a billion dollars!

  8. Anna says...

    Recently, I was chatting to a guy on a dating app. Then he wrote that he’s only in town for the weekend, for a friend’s wedding — and would I like to join him for it? (Acknowledging that it’s an insane idea, but why not) I said yes, if it’s ok with the bride and groom. It turned out that the wedding was full, but we ended up going for drinks the night before it. Later that night he said he’d liked that I’d been up for going to the wedding for the fun of it.

  9. Ruth says...

    just had to write and say what a great post. I was reluctant to read in case it felt like sticky beaking but the way you handled this is perfect. You can see the connection already in this exchange. Alex’s comment about feeling he’d won a billion dollars; I remember that exact emotion when you get a call or email from someone you are dead keen on. This is all the nice bits of dating without the heartbreak!

  10. Allegra says...

    This is priceless! My husband recently found the scrap of paper on which I wrote my name and phone number when we met at the laundromat 19 years ago!

  11. Rue says...

    So for a month or two now, my partner and I have been “planning to get engaged,” and “knowing we will get engaged,” and “just starting to look at planning a wedding so we know what engagement will involve.”

    Yesterday we had a milestone conversation in this whole process, and when I shared it with my therapist today, she was like, “ummmm, I mean, you KNOW you’re already engaged right? Like that was the engagement, that conversation yesterday.”

    So I am of course over the moon and feeling all the nostalgic relationship FEELS and I definitely saved screenshots of some of our early texts and have totally looked back at them during this slow roll engagement, but I’m also planning to email the app we used and see if they can send me our first messages from the app. I think I was so nervous that I might jinx it when we first started dating that I just didn’t screenshot those messages before I deleted the app. Like oh look at me being all nonchalant about this amazing human and the thoughtful things he writes me. Nothing to see here, Universe, please don’t make this blow up in my face since I’m playing it so cool and all.

  12. Tara Rasmus says...

    This totally made my day. I need to track down those first e-mails between me and my husband…gotta love the feigned nonchalance when really we’re overthinking every word! Ah, young love :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!! you read it 100x to make sure it sounds chill ;)

  13. OM says...

    I love this!! Gives me courage to make the first move and ask guys I like out in the future. Thanks Joanna!

  14. Alana says...

    I know how this story ends but I want to read your other emails! Such a lovely glimpse of your dynamic together 😘

  15. Katie says...

    Love it!

  16. I sent my partner a message (while I was living in the states) to tell him that I thought he had a beautiful face. I still think that. He’s one of the cutest boys I’ve ever dated. Anyway he lived in London but I figured “a little flirtation never hurt nobody”. He opened this message while standing on Peckham Rye train platform and thought
    “What’s the point, this girl lives in the states?”
    But against his sensible nature he decided to respond because it was (in his own words) “only polite”. Almost five years later, we live in London together, we are married and quite often we take the train from Peckham Rye, together. And I always think about it and smile.

  17. Lamah says...

    I absolutely love this! I also asked my husband out for our first date. I had two ticket to the Cairo Opera House for Daniel Barenboim conducting Symphony 5 Beethoven (from my mom who is a Journalist). I wore a white summer dress. We’ve been together ever since, married for 7 years now with a 4 year old :).
    I specially like you sharing this because there was this tiny bit in me that felt self conscious about asking him out, and this increases more my confidence that asking him that way was a very good decision.

  18. Susie Jalloh says...

    Today marks 25 years since my husband and I met at a large London nightclub – he from Africa and myself from Australia.
    I still have the train ticket that he wrote his number on that night! We moved to the US after knowing each other 3 months and got engaged two years later. We then spent 12 months apart – me back in Australia and sent emails (a new thing at the time) every day! I printed them all out and we have a big folder full of them! 22 years married – 2 kids – moved continents again! Maybe since we are in Iso we should break out the folder and re read those emails!

  19. Amy says...

    Thank you for sharing! For an anniversary present, I made my now-wife a book of our early emails from before we started dating. It’s fun to look back at them and reminisce as well as also remind ourselves how head-over-heels we both were back then, at those times when we both need a little boost. Those email accounts are now long-gone, so I’m glad I had saved those emails.

  20. Gabriele says...

    I love your letter. Written just right. So happy you took the initiative.
    My story involves no sophisticated writing. I met this dreamy guy at a picnic my friend and I crashed. We talked for hours, played badminton, it was just perfect. Saw him again on campus months later. Sadly, couldn’t remember his name. I remembered he had brought croissants to the picnic. So I yelled at the top of my lungs: “Hey, Croissant Man.” He eventually, after insistent shouting, turned around and saw me wave frantically. He laughed and made his way towards me. We married and are celebrating our silver wedding anniversary this year. We have 2 college-aged children. Funny side note…when we told this story to our cherubs when they were younger, one of them asked….”Why didn’t you just call out Papa?”….hilarity ensued.

    • Vanessa says...

      “Hey, papa!”

    • I just cried! What an amazing story!

  21. Jessica Cash says...

    Also note the time difference between emails – Alex didn’t play it cool and respond 2 days later. You have to keep that banter/energy going so I am glad he responded an hour later!

  22. carissa says...

    BEST POST EVER!!!

  23. nat says...

    All these are so swoon-worthy!!!

    My swoon story is from someone I like to think I would have married if I hadn’t (very happily) married my husband….my husband and I had been together about 6 weeks before I had to leave for 3 months on some pre-arranged world travel. Towards the end of the trip I was in Nepal and very homesick, and had been violently ill for a week before I started to feel better, and a girl I’d been travelling with for a bit decided we should go out to a bar/restaurant for dinner. After a while a very handsome man and his friend asked if they could join us.

    Turns out the handsome man was an international airline pilot from Spain but lived in Dubai. He said he had to get to know me because I had the most beautiful smile in the restaurant. We chatted aaaaaalllll night and connected on so many deep levels. In the wee hours he insisted on seeing me back to my hotel. It was pouring rain and the streets were partially flooded as we tipsily navigated our way. We got to my hotel gate, breathless in the pouring rain…it was like a movie! But alas, I had just started dating my husband (and I knew he was a keeper, and lived much closer than Dubai!). It took all my strength (and the knowledge I still had a bit of an upset stomach!) not to smooch him then and there.

    I went to bed dizzy, high imagining what might have been, mildly regretting not kissing him anyway, and sad of a hypothetical missed opportunity (he was leaving the next morning so I couldn’t have tracked him down even if I wanted). The next day I also checked out and reception handed me his business card that he’d dropped off that morning with a note saying that he would love to show me Dubai if I was ever in town! I still sometimes wonder what life might be like now…. that gentleman had class!!

  24. Sara Berman says...

    So sweet! My husband and I met as roommates and we put the Craigslist listing and my email inquiring about the room on our wedding website. It was so funny to read how I pitched myself as the perfect roommate for him — I guess I was right!

  25. Emma says...

    I love this so much! More of this please!!!! I love all of the content, but sometimes I miss the early days when it was just you writing. A little less polished, but so friendly and personal!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      aww, you’re so sweet! we have some personal posts coming up, so please stay tuned :) xoxoxo

    • Rashmi says...

      Second that. This reminded me of when I discovered this blog and it just sounded like a diary written by a super chill, artsy friend.
      Also, the emails are ADORABLE!!!! Thank you for sharing such a personal memory with us. Wish you both the happiest of lives ahead. Xo

    • Meric says...

      As a longtime reader, I share the same feeling.

  26. Laura says...

    My now husband is also named Alex, and I also “made the first move” if you can call it that- I saw his picture on okcupid and messaged him saying that he looked familiar (he did) and had we talked before (we hadn’t), really not expecting a response. He wrote back quickly and we started texting and then went on a first date that obviously led to more. Really glad I did!

  27. Colleen says...

    Love this! My husband Steve asked me out for a blind date via email after his best friend met me and told Steve he had to ask me out because he was certain I was Steve’s future wife. That wonderful email led to dating, a move across the world to Hong Kong, a beautiful wedding and after 5 years of marriage and 9 years together we’re back in Brooklyn riding out the pandemic together. For our first wedding anniversary I printed out the email, framed it and gifted it to Steve – so we can always see where we started. And of course it’s also a great reminder of what can come from being a little bold :).

  28. I love your story and happy anniversary! It’s so nice that you shared all of this with us. But it actually has me wondering in a Sliding Doors kind of way. What if you hadn’t asked out Alex? Did he have a plan to ask you out? Do you think that maybe you would have met again at the same couple’s house and somehow end up together anyway with just different timing? Or maybe that’s a whole other post!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      such good question!! omg, I wonder!!!

    • BG says...

      I met my husband when we were working together at a summer job, but we didn’t hit it off until the very last week of the summer. It wasn’t until my friend approached me to say “What’s going on with you and Steve? Every time I see you guys together he’s laughing”. I felt so relieved that the connection hadn’t just been in my head and obsessed/freaked out the entire 8 hour drive back to my university. I sent him an e-mail that was short/newsy; basically “just saying hi”. He said he immediately thought “the plot thickens” and we started a month long e-mail exchange that culminated in us meeting up and pretty quickly falling in love. When we started dating I asked him those usual early relationship questions:
      Me: What did you think of me before you knew I was interested
      Him: I don’t remember (WTF?!?!?)

      Me: Would you have gotten in touch if I hadn’t reached out?
      Him: Probably not

      Unsatisfying answers aside, we’ve been together 10 years, married for 5, and I still really like and love him. I think it was really a situation where he hadn’t really considered dating me, but when presented with the opportunity, realized it was a great fit. Sometimes it’s like that! Write the e-mail!!!!

  29. Laura says...

    This is ADORABLE!

    Makes me wish email was the communication that lead to my first date with now-husband, so that we could annotate our conversation! All our texts from then would be long gone, sadly!

  30. Silvina says...

    I.LOVE.THIS <3

  31. amanda says...

    So sweet! Congratulations on your anniversary!

  32. NicoleD says...

    This made me tear up! My husband and I spent the early days of our relationship on AIM and this so makes me want to go back and dig up those conversations!! So fun.

  33. Lauren E. says...

    This is so so so so cute. I love that you still have these emails!

    My husband and I went on our first date on 7/7 and I saved the page from my planner that said “Drinks w/ Josh” but I have no idea where I put it!! It’s killing me.

  34. Anna says...

    So so cute! You can feel the banter. Congrats on your anniversary!

  35. Pz says...

    Adorable! Jo – love how wrote in all lower case. Thanks for sharing and happy anniversary ;-)

  36. Kara says...

    Love love love this! My husband and I met at 14 & 15 in high school. I have a shoebox of HAND WRITTEN NOTES from him. I love rereading them every so often and remembering now nervous and in love we were at such a young age.

  37. Emily says...

    My boyfriend and I just had our 11th anniversary of our first date. It is so fun to look back on how it all began- knowing what you know now. Congratulations to you both. You are couple goals for sure.

  38. em says...

    whenever I hear people’s adorable meet-cute stories and first interactions like this, I laugh because of the contrast with my own. my husband and I met in college, and in true college fashion, we were both sloppy drunk at some random party and the very few memories that exist from that night are… closer to cringe-y than romantic! (somehow I wouldn’t change a thing though).

  39. Ramya says...

    This is so stinkin’ cute! Happy anniversary!

  40. Robyn says...

    Love this post!!

  41. Emily L says...

    Cheers to so many women doing the asking!

    My husband and I met in college, but didn’t date until 6 years after we met – always interested in each other but timing was never right. A few years after college, I stopped by to see him while visiting my brother and all the feelings were still there and I knew I had to say something! Cue a week of freaking the F out about what to do before I finally called him and told him that I had these feelings and maybe he didn’t have the same feelings and that’s ok but if he did then we should do something about it. Fortunately he did!

    (If anyone watched the TV show My Boys, I quoted PJ’s speech from the end of Season 3, Episode 1 word for word because I didn’t know what else to say! You can find it on YouTube :) )

  42. Maggie says...

    Oh goodness, I love this! So funny to look back on all the little ways you couched and second guessed, but still let yourself ring through honestly!

    I just scavenged the first email exchange between my now-fiance and me, and had them printed and framed by Framebridge as a surprise for our wedding! I stole the idea from a friend of mine who framed her FB messenger chat with her husband. It was so fun to go digging in Gmail to find our early exchanges, and I made sure to include our 2017 headshots in the screenshot, ha!

    xo, M

    • ErinG says...

      This is an amazing idea! DH and I met on match.com in 2004 and since I had to go to the library to use a computer?!?!?! I printed out all of our correspondence and took notes during our phone calls. (I had to keep all my match guys straight! ) I bet he doesn’t know I have them- framing would be so cool!

  43. Jenny says...

    My boyfriend and I met at a mutual friend’s party, and friended each other on facebook the next day – no phone numbers exchanged! Sparks were absolutely there, but I’d ended a relationship not too long before and had told myself I wanted to have a break before dating again. We saw each other again at a party the next week, and the following day I sent him a message over facebook asking him out. A year after that, celebrating the anniversary of our first date, he gave me a photo album full of the pictures of our adventures in our first year together. At the front of the album in the first two photo slots, he’d printed out our very first facebook messages to each other. Cue the tears! We’re celebrating 8 years together next week.

  44. Marlena says...

    This gave me goosebumps! Oh!

  45. Favi says...

    I love the paper trail! I’ve done this with friends and looked back at old emails/AIMs. It so fun to rediscover our digital diaries of who we were then.

  46. Sadie says...

    One summer I had a huge crush on a guy but nothing happened and I ended up dating someone else. When I was single again, my old crush was EVERYWHERE! He knew what he wanted when we couldn’t have it. We’ve been together for 2 years :)

  47. Cait says...

    AHHHH this is just the best and sweetest. I love it, thanks for sharing. I’ve been thinking a lot about my husband and my first messages….first on Facebook, then email. I want to make a book, but it’s a non-existent email account now. Maybe through his email I can find them? It would be so special. A whole year of being obsessed with each other long distance before dating. So much overthinking those emails! And emailing each other back exactly every two days. It was really special. I DID write down every single text he sent me, from the time we started texting/dating through a few months after we got married. I need to look back at those!!

  48. Savannah says...

    I emailed my now husband to see if he was going to a kickball happy hour but included a couple other people on the email too, just to play it cool. One of my friends/coworker replied all: “Great email, S! He’s going to love it, ball’s in his court!” While we were dying around my desk at work, apparently he and his coworkers were analying the emails and decided it had to be about him. He responded, a few hours later, with “I’ll be there.” and then when I showed up at the happy hour suggested we ditch it and go out to dinner. And that was 13 years ago :)

    • Savannah (a different one!); says...

      This is the best! I love you coworker wingmates and all these stories of sweet new crushes.

  49. Kat says...

    I love this so much! Thanks for sharing. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside! :)

  50. Kathleen says...

    Joanna, This is my favorite post of all time :)

    • Cindy says...

      I came to here to say the same thing! Wow that was fun.

  51. A different Alex says...

    I love this so much. So neat to see the start of your relationship! And so cute and sweet, and ditto other commenters – swoon at Alex’s cute email response, and saying he won a billion dollars. He is lucky – you’re the best and this site is a rare bright spot for me on the internet.

  52. Nicole says...

    I love how Alex thinks he was playing it too cool but he responded in under 2 hours! The time stamp is so cute and totally gives it away. :)

    I met my boyfriend on Tinder (!) 5 years ago (our anniversary was 8/23!) and I so so wish I’d saved our exchanges before we de-activated accounts. I DO remember I had gotten very tired of online dating and was irritated by how everyone matched on Tinder and then didn’t message so one Sunday night I just messaged ~30ish people I was matched with and said “Hi there, how was your weekend?” I think maybe 20ish responded and most of those were some variation of “cool, thanks” or “ok, u?” My now bf wrote back this long winding story about how he had been at a friend’s wedding in Maine on a farm with all these animals and it was like 4 paragraphs long which made me laugh and one of his pictures was him holding a cat so I wrote back and eventually asked him out and then on our third date I asked if he was EVER going to kiss me and 5 years later here we are.

    • Emily L says...

      I LOVE this story!

    • liz says...

      me too! <3

    • JR says...

      Your boyfriends reminds me very much of my husband (who I also met on Tinder, 6 years ago!).

  53. R says...

    This post is making me giggle like an idiot, it’s so cute! And it’s making me feel so hopeful. I’m only a month into dating someone, but am already smiling at how sweet our first exchange was.

    I’d filled out a few questions on a dating app about favorite foods, books, movies, and he chose to message me about the food. After that, I admitted I hadn’t gone on any dates yet, so he very adorable asked if he could be the first one to take me out. I said yes, we got drinks at an outdoor bar, and have been inseparable ever since.

    When my long-term relationship ended last year, I was so worried about online dating, since I didn’t think it would provide a steamy/cute/enchanting origin story. But this post shows quick, awkward messages are just as sweet of a beginning. :)

  54. Megan Gunnels says...

    I love this! My boyfriend and I read our first exchanged text messages not too long ago. So funny and cute to see how each other were trying to “play it cool” and also be impressive ;) Now we send each other Bitmoji texts to one another from the couch. #truelove ;)

  55. Megan says...

    I love this! Congrats! What a great excuse to walk down memory lane. My husband and I were friends first, so most of our emails from back in the day (2007!) were me asking him for rides to places. . .it’s so sweet to see how those emails changed from then to when we started dating and got married four years later.

  56. Michelle says...

    For Valentine’s Day this year, we were in the middle of a major home renovation. In an effort to save money, we agreed to not buy any gifts. My husband of 13 years printed out all of our initial emails from our first year of dating (17 years ago!!!) It was this amazing diary of everything going on in our lives that year and brought back so many memories related to what TV shows we were watching (Newlyweds and Real World, cringe), what our social lives looked like back then (a lifetime ago!) and mundane but silly office and law school happenings. Some of the emails are so dorky (mainly mine), but getting to relive the first year of our lives together was the most thoughtful and wonderful present.

  57. Bindi says...

    omg…I read Joanne’s email first, and then Alex’s reply. I was on pins and needles (and I KNOW how this story ends, lol!). Anxious, nervous, hopeful, a little swoony…..Wow…..

    I think i’m also projecting because I’m getting divorced now (it’s been over a long time) and I’m feeling all of these feels about the idea of dating again….

    LOVED THIS!

    • Ramya says...

      Welcome to the club, from a happy divorcee (it’s coming up on 4 years)! It’s really nice here on the other side and nice to form connections with new people.

  58. Twyla says...

    I first asked my husband out on a date – I called him and invited him to a party a friend was having. He replied (like an idiot) “I heard about it…not sure if I’m going or not.” I was a little bewildered, but we did end up going. Now, he SWEARS up and down that HE was the one that called ME to invite me to the party. He has no recollection of being such a dumbass…but he’s forgiven!

  59. Amrita says...

    Love the subject line!

  60. Kari T. says...

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing something so intimate with us :)
    I officially got my husbands number when he knocked on my door at 10:30 at night to let me know I’d left the lights on on my vehicle. He was so nervous and cute and said to text if I wanted to go fishing sometime. I promptly went home for 2 weeks afterwards (rotation work) and didn’t text as I was in a different province and didn’t see the point. Poor guy was left hanging the whole time (I didn’t realize!). Anyway, I texted when I got back and asked when he was going to take me fishing and the rest is history.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Fishing! That’s so cool.

  61. K says...

    this is so heart- balloony <3. is it super swoony to time travel back to when you weren't sure your former crush/now-significant other liked you back yet (even though you had a hunch), and when it was out in the open that he likes you!!! you like him back! wow! it's like winning a golden ticket (or a billion dollars).

    happy anniversary :)

    ps. omg Alex's tortured "Believe me," is the stuff of Jane Austen

  62. Kiely says...

    Yes to asking them out first! I asked a very handsome chef I worked with out for a drink (MANY gin and tonics forced me to just do it) after weeks of eyeing him up over the pass (anyone else find someone who can dice a perfect onion in a few seconds really sexy? No? Just me..) and it was only after we had gone out for drinks and kissed that he admitted he wasn’t sure if I had been asking him on a date /if it was a date – we barely knew each other, what did he think it was?! He was delighted it was but jesus guys are clueless sometimes! Anyway me and that idiot live together now :)

    • Rita says...

      Haha forgive him the dumbness, girls can be like that too (guilty!). I met my boyfriend on Tinder (in my defense, Iwas a newbie there!) he asked to meet me on the next day, we went out to dinner, a concert, and a drink after and until the end I never quite understood it was a date (so stupid I KNOW WE MET ON TINDER!!!) but I was like “maybe people just meet to chat”. Just when we kissed at my front door this girl understood it was not only a date, but the best date!

  63. Soph says...

    LOVE THIS POST. It gave me all the feels as I asked my now husband out on email too! I would love a whole book of these kind of first email exchanges, they make me so happy in a really globally crappy time.

  64. jane says...

    ooo, forensic relationship origins! What could be juicier? Thanks for sharing this delightful peek into the bravery and the beginning!

    I have two beautiful love letters from two different people. It is nice to have that tangible evidence that I have been loved but neither of the relationships worked out! It is so nice to see real-life evidence that it CAN work out!

  65. My husband and I met on OK Cupid and I saved our entire initial conversation before we both deactivated our accounts. This is the first message my husband sent me: “I generally don’t say anything about people’s taste in books, movies, etc, but you’re the only person I’ve come across who listed Mark Bittman. I have 3 of his books and will probably buy a fourth.” Not “hey baby/gorgeous/beautiful/girl,” but a conversation starter about books. I know the reader population here is not a lot of straight men….but they should be taking note!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Definitely!!

  66. M says...

    My husband and I met at an out-of-town work training, where everyone was staying at the same hotel. During the day, he asked me if I would like to hang out later and we exchanged room numbers. I ended up knocking on his door and we hung out for a few hours- no kissing, no touching, just talking. Around midnight, I went back to my room. Five minutes later the phone rang. It was him. He said, “Just making sure you got back to your room okay. (Breathes deep). And wanted to tell you…this was the best night of my entire life.”

    I remember like it was yesterday. Still makes me cry.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Oh my gosh! SWOON!!!

    • Kari T. says...

      This is amazing, all the hearts!

    • Kiely says...

      MAJOR SWOON

    • Beth says...

      HOLY COW I am SWOONING

    • OM says...

      Oh my goodness! My heart!

    • Rita says...

      Goosebumps!!!

  67. Heather says...

    My husband and I are celebrating 26 years on 9/17! We knew each other in college (my major was his minor) but never dated. We ran into each other several years after graduating. By the time I got back to my office, I had messages from him and my mom asking who he was! We went out that weekend and that was all she wrote! 26 years, one house, 2 kids (20 and 23), and numerous dogs and cats later, here we are. It’s not always easy and this year has been extraordinarily tough but we are still there for each other. He’s been very supportive of me and I love and appreciate him so much.

  68. Jordan says...

    This is adorable. My husband and I met on an online dating website (pre-dating apps) and I still have our message exchanges. The modern version of love letters!

  69. Allison Capaldi says...

    Long time reader, first time commenter :) I just had to comment bc this is the absolute cutest and I love that you saved it and I love that it fully sounds like you two in email. This made my day! Love you guys! Allison/Roomie

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hi roomie!!!!!!! <3

  70. katie says...

    aww! I’m curious- what was the possible last minute reporting trip? I met my now husband shortly after starting a job in a 5th floor walk-up in NYC – all employees in one long row against a wall with totally exposed computers. Like everyone, composing an email took hours of thinking. I’d open a text box in the web platform we used, compose it there (looked like i was working so hard!) and then quickly paste into outlook email. I know he eventually printed some…now I need to find ’em!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      He had to go to DC to follow environmental lobbyists. Curious to hunt down that story now!