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

Luke Bond, 22, and Sarah Dorough, 21, bought engaged after only one yr of relationship. 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 relationship for a yr.

The loved-up couple met on-line a yr earlier than and FaceTimed daily earlier than lastly assembly in particular person in July 2022 when Bond traveled for 32 hours from New Zealand to Dorough’s dwelling 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 sooner or later.

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

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

“Luke and I by no means have any considerations 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 subsequent time he reached out I felt like I form of knew him, which made me slightly extra comfy 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 relationship for just a few months. Bond flew to the US to see Dorough and formally requested her to be his girlfriend.

She stated: “We might speak round two instances daily and speak for a very long time and making it work with the time zones is difficult.

“We had been already invested in one another from the decision, so from there that is after we had 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 at the present time that second nonetheless blows my thoughts.’

The couple significantly thought of the massive 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 preserve touring backwards and forwards’, says Dorough.

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

Dorough stated her household weren’t shocked by the engagement, in truth, that they had been anticipating Bond to get down on one knee.

She stated: “I feel everybody knew, ever since he was coming all the best way from the opposite facet 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 endlessly greatest buddy.”

The subsequent 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 stated their relationship works as a result of they belief one another and talk properly with one another. Nevertheless, she admits it may be exhausting.

“We actually battle 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 just actually perceive and speak via what you are going via as a result of you aren’t there with the particular person a number of instances so you are going each day about what’s going on and strolling one another via these steps.”


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