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Engaged, long-distance couple reveal secret to ‘loving’ relationship 14,000km aside

Luke Bond, 22, and Sarah Dorough, 21, received engaged after only one yr of courting. Picture / Instagram @lukethomasbond

A pair who reside on separate continents have gotten engaged regardless of solely having met in particular person twice.

Luke Bond, 22, from New Zealand, and Sarah Dorough, 21, from Virginia within the US, introduced their engagement in December after courting for a yr.

The loved-up couple met on-line a yr earlier than and FaceTimed each day earlier than lastly assembly in particular person in July 2022 when Bond traveled for 32 hours from New Zealand to Dorough’s house in Suffolk, Virginia.

Dorough then determined to go to Bond and his household over Christmas, which is when Bond proposed.


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Bond and Dorough, who’re each health instructors, are planning to get married subsequent yr and hope to maneuver in collectively at some point.

“Our relationship is thrilling and adventurous. It’s simply all-round enjoyable, loving and caring”, says Dorough.

“The largest factor is trusting one another, particularly while you’re distant from one another, there may be all the time going to be little thought that may pop into one another’s head.

“Luke and I by no means have any issues about what the opposite particular person is doing as we have now that bond and belief.”


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The couple met in December 2021 on Instagram after forming a connection over their mutual curiosity in well being and health.

“He was asking me some questions on health as he’s additionally doing private coaching”, says Dorough.

“The following time he reached out I felt like I type of knew him, which made me somewhat extra snug but additionally he was asking about my religion and Christianity.

“He was extra real and asking about bible verses and stuff like that.”

The pair lastly met in July after doing long-distance courting for just a few months. Bond flew to the US to see Dorough and formally requested her to be his girlfriend.

She mentioned: “We might discuss round two instances each day and discuss for a very long time and making it work with the time zones is difficult.

“We have been already invested in one another from the decision, so from there that is once we have been like if we’re going to transfer ahead and have a relationship we have to meet in particular person as we do not need to be on-line collectively.

“After I first met Luke in particular person it nearly felt like a dream.

“To this present day that second nonetheless blows my thoughts.’

The couple significantly thought of the large distance between them however could not ignore their emotions for one another.


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Dorough flew to Wellington final yr to spend the Christmas holidays with the Bond household, who determined to take her on a tenting journey in Lake Taupō.

It was there that Bond popped the query after taking Dorough to a “particular spot” on a kayak trip.

“It was tremendous thrilling, this was one thing we needed to work out – whether or not we do need to spend our lives collectively – we did determine that out as a result of we do not need to maintain touring backwards and forwards’, says Dorough.

“I knew it was coming however I wasn’t precisely positive the day, it was actually superb – such a particular second.”

Dorough mentioned her household weren’t stunned by the engagement, the truth is, they’d been anticipating Bond to get down on one knee.

She mentioned: “I feel everybody knew, ever since he was coming all the best way from the opposite aspect of the world to see me – most individuals knew it was coming.”


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Confirming the engagement on her Instagram account, the place she has greater than 100,000 followers, Dorough wrote: “Discovered my without end finest good friend.”

The following time the couple will meet is in April. Bond is planning a visit to America to go to Dorough and her household from her.

Dorough mentioned their relationship works as a result of they belief one another and talk properly with one another. Nevertheless, she admits it may be onerous.

“We actually wrestle however we even have just a few issues that we do to make the long-distance higher, like having correct communication, prioritizing our calls and having belief in one another – we actually belief one another.

“Communication is essential, ensuring that you simply actually perceive and discuss by way of what you are going by way of as a result of you aren’t there with the particular person a variety of instances so you are going day after day about what’s going on and strolling one another by way of these steps.”


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