This Long Distance Couple Had Dozens of Mutual Friends but Finally Met on Bumble

Lauren and Matthew matched in the beginning of May 2015 when they were both in grad school. Although they grew up in close proximity and even shared friends, they both say that they would have never met if it weren’t for Bumble. We couldn’t be happier for the lovely couple! See below for their story. 

How long did it take to meet up after matching? What did you do for your first meet up/date?

We went out for our first date three days after our initial match. We grabbed a local coffee at Leva and then walked around the local University (that we both went to, but never knew one another) and chatted.

We had both newly downloaded Bumble and deleted it very soon after our first date. Honestly, if it hadn’t of been for Bumble and perfect timing we likely never would have met despite growing up blocks away from one another and having dozens of mutual friends.

Lauren, what was the first message you sent on Bumble?

Matthew put in his bio that he was a big coffee guy, so I asked him where his favourite place in the city was to get a latte.

Matthew, what was your first reply back?

“Gracious Goods, we should go sometime.”

Lauren, how did this match feel different?

I love to laugh and we were cracking jokes back and forth right from the beginning. Also, Matthew was so sweet (he hugged me after our first date) and was up for anything, cooking, golfing, driving 1.5 hours for the best burger — you name it.

Matthew, how did this match feel different?

It felt different because it felt like I never wanted the date to end. We just wanted to keep doing fun things together.

Lauren, what was your first impression of Matthew? How did you feel before the first date?

I thought that Matthew was handsome, hilarious, and very charming. He told me that he’d had the same group of friends since he was a kid (good sign), loved hanging with his fam, playing guitar, experimenting in the kitchen — I was hooked from day one.

Before the first date, I felt nervous, but excited — Matthew had definitely piqued my interest.

Matthew, what was your first impression of Lauren? How did you feel before the first date?

My first impression was that Lauren she was so easy to talk to, I felt like we could chat about anything and she had a very sophisticated backpack.

Lauren, what do you consider a unique aspect of your relationship now?

Ha! I feel like our entire relationship is a bit of an anomaly. We both wanted to pursue our careers, me at Lululemon in Community and teaching yoga in Edmonton and Matthew in Optometry school in the US and make “us” work. Through Matthew living in Edmonton, Portland, Chicago, and Montana we’ve made it a priority to see one another at least once every 6 weeks and we FaceTime every night.

Our relationship might look different than most, but it has made us killer communicators and best friends.

Matthew, what do you consider a unique aspect of your relationship now?

That we only initially dated for three months before embarking on what’s now been over two years of long distance. At three months in we knew that we wanted to be together (and dare I say loved one another) and we weren’t going to let distance keep us apart (metaphorically, of course).

I can honestly say that Lauren’s support and visits over the last couple years has made my time away exponentially better, and I wouldn’t trade our adventures for anything.

Where are you now? Where are you headed in the future?

Matthew is in Montana until mid-February, then in Walla Walla until the end of April, and then he will finally graduate in May in Portland. This summer we’re planning on heading to India together for a month (10 days of yoga, 10 days of tourist stops, 10 days on a beach) and then coming back to Edmonton and buying a condo. Matthew will settle into or maybe even buy into an Optometry practice and I’ll keep throwing the most rad, sweatiest events in YEG.

What are your favorite things to do together?

Having spent a ton of time road trippin’ together, we’ve developed a love of podcasts, our favorites are Planet Money, The Daily, Revisionist History, How I Built This (we loved Bumble’s episode) & S-town.

We love to find adventure whether that looks like walking around small towns, finding the most interesting food in big cities or hitting up the latest and greatest coffee shops. We love to cook together, and often take on elaborate meals a bit beyond our scope, but more often than not they turn out to be delicious.

Cooking together sounds like true #couplegoals, doesnt it? Nothing makes us more excited than hearing Bumble success stories. To submit your own success story, email!