19 amazing how-they-met stories that will renew your faith in love.

Where's the best place to find a life partner? Turns out, there are no rules.

In the age of online dating, stories of how couples meet can be as varied as Instagram filters.

Brooklyn Sherman, 27, was always fascinated by this, which is why she created The Way We Met, an Instagram account that documents the surprising stories of how people fall in love. Since her first post in June 2015, the account has blown up (it now has more than 280,000 followers and 266 posts).

“I love a good fairytale type of story, but I think it's important to talk about struggles, too, because it offers others hope,” Sherman told Upworthy.


Couples featured on The Way We Met range from folks who’ve been married for more than 50 years to some who met on dating apps last year.

“Love is possible more than once in a lifetime, and the countless submissions I've received prove that. You're never too old, it's never too late, and there's always hope,” Sherman said.

On that note, here are 19 stories of love from The Way We Met that will remind you that love can look like a million things in a million places.

1. The independent, career-driven woman.

Screenshot via The Way We Met. All screenshots used with permission.

2. The guy who wasn't on her "list".

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

3. The parking lot encounter.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

4. Love at first blush.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

5. Love me Tinder.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

6. The golden couple.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

7. Movers and shakers.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

8. Becoming (more than) Facebook friends.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

9. Through good times and bad.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

10. Love & basketball.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

11. Love in the checkout lane.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

12. How to be Elle Woods in real life.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

13. An intercontinental love affair.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

14. The chemistry of an inside joke.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

15. Roommates turned life partners.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

16. A blind date for the ages.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

17. High school sweethearts.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

18. A cross-cultural affair.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

19. The leap of faith.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

Basically (and thank goodness!), there's no right or wrong way to find love.

“I try and share stories of love happening at every stage of someone's life, whether that means after a divorce, after someone's had their heart badly broken, or after the tragic loss of a loved one,” Sherman said. “I want my followers to see examples of how people have been able to move forward after these life-altering events.”

In the digital era, this Instagram account is a nice reminder that love can find all of us wherever we are.

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