In comparison, a typical day on Tinder has around 26 million matches. In addition, nearly 10 percent of all swipes in January typically happen on that first Sunday in January, according to Tinder. "People have resolved to be more adventurous and try something new, so we’ve noticed that more and more people sign on to Tinder during the first Sunday of the month," said Rosette Pambakian, Tinder's vice president of brand marketing and communications.
A New York man orchestrated a surprise engagement and wedding in one night in order to alleviate the stress of wedding planning for his bride. The bride, Nicole Rios, suffers from lupus, a condition that is aggravated by stress. “I give women so much credit for all the planning they do for weddings,” Danny Rios said.
A Connecticut bride battling an aggressive type of breast cancer died just 18 hours after exchanging vows with her groom. Heather Mosher was diagnosed last December with breast cancer -- the same day her then-boyfriend, Dave Mosher, proposed to her on a horse-and-carriage ride. The two had met at a swing dance group in Hartford, Connecticut, and quickly became friends before dating.
Chris Morley and his girlfriend of two years, Chelsea Newble, always play pranks on each other. "We just like to laugh all the time," Morley told ABC News. In a video that's now been viewed more than 8 million times on Facebook, after Morley, 24, drops down on one knee at the funnel cake stand, Newble repeatedly asks him, "Are you being serious right now?
A Virginia woman said she has “no regrets” about holding her wedding in a hospital’s intensive care unit so that her cancer-stricken mother, who died just days later, could attend. “It meant everything to me to be able to have my mom there,” Whitney Romans, 27, told ABC News. Romans, of Hampton, Virginia, married her husband, Nathan Romans, on Dec. 10 at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho.
A firefighter stole the show at his town’s Christmas parade by popping the question to not only his girlfriend but also her daughter. Matt Poliak of the Menomonie Fire Department in Wisconsin proposed to both his girls with diamond rings.
This unsuspecting Santa visitor must have been on the nice list this year. Barry Clarke of Dublin, Ireland, enlisted Santa’s help to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Suzanne Kellett, on Dec. 14. After learning that Kellett had secured a ticket to visit the beloved Santa at Arnotts department store in Dublin, Clarke said he knew time was of the essence.
When one father saw his oldest daughter in her wedding gown for the first time, he tried to hold back his tears but he just couldn't help it. Gladys Salinas' father, who asked ABC News not to use his name, broke down in tears while the two hugged, a moment caught in an emotional video that went viral on Twitter after Salinas' younger sister Rosa Moran tweeted it. Salinas, 26, credits her parents and new parents-in-law with her union to Miguel Salinas.
It was a magical day for 86-year-old Dorothy Czartorski serving as the flower girl in her granddaughter’s Oct. 21 wedding. The snazzy grandma sported fairy wings and a magic wand as she was pushed down the aisle. It’s hard to narrow it down to words what she means to me,” Crimando, 26, said.
Vieneese Stanton surprised her stepfather Preston Rolan, who has raised her since she was 3 years old, with a wedding last Thursday inside UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, where he's currently being treated. Rolan, 64, has been declining in health since he was diagnosed with leukemia back in February, but Stanton told ABC News she wanted her father to be part of the milestones he may miss. After talking with doctors last month about her father's prognosis, Stanton, 27, decided to push up her wedding, originally scheduled for next April.
A pair of newlyweds who got married after knowing each other for more than a decade wanted to capture just how close their families have become in a heartwarming photo that shows how resilient marriage can be. In the photo, getting tons of attention online, newlyweds Kalin and Matt Haley are featured with each of their parents -- Stephanie and Rick Bilides, who've been married for 30 years and Lisa and Bob Haley, who've been married for 47 years. "We've known each other since middle school and started dating in high school, junior year," groom Matt Haley, also 28, added, noting that after taking a small break, the couple have been together since 2012.
Kayleigh Fahey and James Regatuso had just returned from a trip to Bali and Indonesia. Instead, he picked a park that they had frequented many times throughout their relationship -- Letchworth State Park in Castile, New York.
Bride Erin Goldberg surprised her husband-to-be with an unconventional outfit for the couple's first-look wedding photos in Scottsdale, Arizona on Nov. 11. Erin Goldberg, 25, wore sweatpants and her favorite old cat t-shirt from Walmart instead of her gorgeous wedding gown to prank groom Ean Goldberg, 31.
Lauver and the groom, John Conforti, perform together in a sketch comedy group, so humor is nothing new to them. The acting for him was simple,” Conforti, 33, told ABC News. “Without me knowing, she had decided for her wedding vows she was going to read the lyrics to that song,” he said of their Nov. 4 wedding in Lititz, Pennsylvania.
Dallin Knecht proposed to teacher Sara Trigero with the help of her beloved students in Reno, Nevada. “Sara cares a lot about the kids,” Knecht, 26, told ABC News. Trigero, 27, is a teacher at the Child and Family Research Center at University of Nevada-Reno.
One 5-year-old girl had one wish before her fourth open heart surgery -- get married to her best friend. Sophia Chiappalone's mother, Kristy Somerset-Chiappalone, told ABC News she'd do anything to give another smile to her daughter, who was born with several heart defects. Chiappalone, who has already undergone three open heart surgeries during her short lifetime, spent much of her early life in Hartford Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
Jennifer Jensen, 24, of Shakopee, Minnesota, married Bill Jensen, 27, last month in an outdoor ceremony attended by friends and family, including Jennifer Jensen’s 3-year-old son, Jackson. Scott County Judge Chris Wilton married the couple in a setting that was far different than the first time he met Jennifer Jensen, in March 2014. “I didn’t know Jennifer from any of the participants I had on my calendar that day,” Wilton said of the day an eight-months pregnant Jennifer Jensen appeared in his court for a probation violation stemming from drug use.
One ring bearer couldn't keep his eyes open on the big day -- even if it was his parent's wedding. Nine-month-old Maxen River Pierce served as the ring bearer at David and Roselee Pierce's Oct. 21 nuptials at Champagne Manor in Monroe, Louisiana. David Pierce, 35, told ABC News that it was his now-wife's idea to have their son do the honors.
A horse named Cricket upstaged her owner during the bride's wedding day photos. Patti Womer of Mount Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania, was posing when her horse "smiled" for the camera. Womer told ABC News that Cricket was actually shaking flies off her head when it appeared as if she was smiling with her teeth out.
Grace Schebler got the surprise of a lifetime during her marching band performance when her Army boyfriend, who is currently stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia, showed up. Isaac Anderson, 23, got on his knee to pop the question while the Hawkeyes' marching band was playing Bruce Channel’s “Hey Baby” to set the mood, which was music to her ears once she realized what was happening. “It was a complete surprise,” Schebler, 20, told ABC News.
It's an age-old question but one assistant professor's inspiring response has gone viral. Speech and debate coach Dan West, who teaches Introduction to Human Communication at Ohio University in Athens, spends one full day of his 400-person class answering questions about love and relationships. Students are allowed to write down whatever questions they have about courting, sex, long-distance relationships and even cheating on note cards.
“I just felt like we were straight out of the movie,” said Hagerman, 25, adding that she “really did” feel like a princess. It was the idea of Hagerman, a speech language pathologist, to go in costume this Halloween as characters from the classic Disney movie. The costume though sparked an idea in Davis, who had been looking for a unique way to propose to Hagerman, his girlfriend of seven years.
When David Grzybowski and Jodi Gilbert tie the knot next June, they say they won’t mind if a company’s logo is behind them in their wedding photos. Grzybowski and Gilbert, both 26, are seeking sponsors for their June 2018 wedding in Philadelphia. “Everything is sponsored now, down to NBA jerseys,” said Grzybowski, formerly a local news reporter who now works in video and social media.
Mikayla Wroten of Crown City, Ohio, had a lovely Oct. 14 wedding.But one important thing was missing: her father, David Poling, a Marine and former probation officer who died while chasing a suspect in 2007.In his absence, she carried a bouquet with his photo down the aisle with the words, "Walk with me today Daddy."His Marine Corps portrait and boots were also sitting “where he would have been,” Wroten, 19, told ABC News of making sure her beloved dad was present on her big day.But it was her father’s former police colleagues who gave her the biggest reminder of him. ...
Rick Grenis and Bonnie Frazier spent more than a year planning a wedding in northern California's scenic Sonoma County that was to include a weekend of activities for their more than two dozen guests. “Our venue’s website said, ‘Closed until further notice,’” Grenis, told ABC News. Grenis, 29, and Frazier, 27, who both live in Oakland, California, got the news just 48 hours before the Oct. 13 date for their nuptials.