It's common for couples to post selfies on Instagram, but not every selfie becomes virally popular like this couple's selfie did. What was it about the picture that was so fascinating and got them featured in well-known news outlets all over the world?
There’s a couple with a fascinating love story that the whole world had their eyes on. Read on as Dan and Wendy's fairy tale romance on social media unfolds.
Once Upon a Time
In 2006, during the beginning of Facebook's heyday, Wendy Joseph and Dan Hennessey first connected on the platform.
Moving on to the next, Dan, a gregarious and outgoing individual who enjoyed going to parties, wanted to meet new people and messaged a lovely young lady named Daphne on Facebook. Dan and Daphne had mutual connections.
Consistency Is Key
Unfortunately, she did not respond to his messages, so he decided to look through her buddy list and found out that she was friends with Wendy. He had no idea that Daphne would inform Wendy, who was already nervous about meeting people online, that Dan had also messaged her on the internet.
Wendy recognized this as a warning sign and decided to adopt Daphne's strategy of ignoring him. But Dan remained steadfast, which Wendy noticed, so she paid attention to him.
Knowing they had attended the same high school, Wendy decided to take a chance and respond.
Here’s to Their First Meeting
After some back and forth, Dan decided he wanted to see Wendy in person.
However, he was under the impression that she wouldn't be interested in a one-on-one meeting, so instead, he invited her to a party, to which she agreed. He spent most of it talking and dancing with Wendy until late into the night because they got along well.
First Years in Their Relationship and the First Major Challenge
Despite their effortless affinity, they decided to keep their relationship platonic because Wendy had recently ended her first serious engagement. After six months together, they could not resist the romantic feelings they had developed for one another, and they chose to try the relationship.
But after seven years of being together, Wendy recognized that she had been putting her ambitions on the back burner. While working toward completing her master's degree, Dan continued to party and socialize with new people.
In addition, she discovered a peculiar thing on Dan's Facebook account. Wendy found out that Dan had been talking to other women on Facebook and messaging them. Even though the texts contained no evidence of infidelity, she began to experience paranoia and distrust due to reading them. The women he had been exchanging messages with were accomplished and had advanced degrees. She was at a loss for what action to take.
A Difficult Choice
It is time to make a significant choice. The couple's confrontations became heated, and they clashed over minor and significant issues. The notes that Wendy found made her feel insecure and needy, and Dan wasn't able to provide her with the reassurance that she required at the time.
So Wendy made a big decision. She concluded that it was best for both her and Dan to stop the relationship.
She had to concentrate on herself first to get back to feeling like herself. This is the point at which Wendy starts to shine more brightly.
Growing Individually but Something’s Missing
Thanks to her hard work, Wendy is a Master of Public Administration. She has launched a popular YouTube channel called "Wendy's Curls," which focuses on hair care and beauty. She shares tutorials and ideas on the channel while celebrating her natural hair and beauty.
But despite her success, Wendy still felt something was lacking in her life. Wendy continued to think about Dan even after two years had passed, and even though she did not lament the decision to stop their relationship, she continued to miss him.
There was something else that Wendy never gave Dan much thought about: he missed her as well. Now older and wiser, Dan knew that his actions contributed to Wendy's decision to end their relationship. Wendy had matured, and as a result of her accomplishments, she was understandably more selective about the things she would let into her life.
Fate Did an Incredible Job
The meeting of the couple was predetermined by the hand of fate at some point. Dan was taken aback by the stunning transformation that this woman had undergone. Wendy had an air of self-assurance and radiance on the inside and out.
But would she accept him back into her life? Had Dan finally given up his habit of going out to parties? Rekindling the flame, Wendy appeared to have this opinion, so the two of them decided to get back together.
Their relationship remained strong throughout the years, and they enriched each other's life to such an extent that Dan began making guest appearances on Wendy's Curls, much to the joy of Wendy's audience.
Gaining the Attention of the Netizens
The couple started posting videos about their relationship, and Dan eventually switched from his beloved Facebook to Instagram. They made rapid progress in expanding their following, with Dan obtaining 25,000 followers and Wendy's huge following making its way up to 105,000 quickly.
It was their post celebrating their 10th anniversary that picked up steam. Wendy marked the occasion of her and Dan's 10th wedding anniversary by publishing an online post that included two photographs of the couple: one from 10 years ago and one from more recently.
Getting Stronger Together
Wendy and Dan have been together for ten years, and on their tenth wedding anniversary, she posted an old photo of herself and Dan alongside a more recent one. But why did everyone seem to be so amazed by a selfie taken by a couple?
Considering their educational background in health and wellness as undergraduates, the fitness guru couple Wendy and Dan had always been interested in working out.
Following the couple's prominence on YouTube, they concluded that combining their passion for physical activity and healthy living made sense in their channel.
Reaching Their Goals Hand-In-Hand
Wendy and Dan established True4You Fitness because they dreamed of starting a business together. They helped their clients improve their health and fitness by coaching and training them.
They also established a second channel on YouTube, in which they answered viewers' queries about relationships and provided guidance based on their own experiences.
The primary aim of this channel was to provide instruction on maintaining a good diet and exercise routine.
An Important Announcement in the Most Romantic City
However, they had a very important announcement to make while having a romantic vacation in the city of Paris The couple went to Paris with their friends exactly one year before the viral anniversary photo was taken there.
When they arrived at the Eiffel Tower, Dan, who had a reputation for being a romantic, took something out of his pocket. Dan proposed to Wendy by getting down on one knee and asking her to marry him in front of their friends, filming the event in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Wendy was so overjoyed that she could not contain her happiness and accidentally offered the ring to the wrong hand. To say she was filled with delight is an understatement.
Off to a New Exciting Chapter
But that wasn't the end of the adventures for the couple. They were successful on YouTube and in coaching, so they put their savings from both endeavors into a trip worldwide. Their itinerary included stops in Thailand, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and other countries.
Since then, the pair have expanded their company and moved from New Jersey to San Diego. Both of these accomplishments are significant. They have also established a website to consolidate all their accounts into one location.
Since then, the duo has accumulated a sizeable following of people interested in fitness and health and has acquired genuine recognition on social media.
And They Live Happily Ever After
However, as their popularity grew, they finally held their major ceremony. On September 22, 2019, the happy couple, at last, eloped in a small and private ceremony with just their closest friends and family members in attendance.
The ceremony was videotaped, and a video of it may be found on Wendy's Curls channel on YouTube. After getting married, the pair went on their honeymoon to Paris and then continued their trip to Italy by visiting Cinque Terre.
Following that, they made their way to Joshua Tree National Park to commemorate their first year of marriage. In 2021, Wendy and Dan decided to take a year's break from their YouTube channel to focus on their newlywed life. They reported about what they had been up to during their time off in Los Angeles in April of 2022 when they returned to the group.
The couple's success, both in their personal and professional endeavors, is only continuing to increase, and we can't wait to find out what they will do next.