Two Online Dating Success Stories

Find out how these brides and grooms from our Real Pittsburgh Couples found the love of their lives on OKCupid.

In this digital age, more and more relationships are starting through online dating sites. Despite the numerous success stories, it can be daunting to imagine looking for the perfect mate amidst millions of online profiles. So, whether you’re looking for courage or a romantic love story, here are two couples who found not only a date but also a lifelong partner.

Photos by Ann Louise Photography


A Novel Connection
Ariella Furman came across Dana Custer’s profile on OKCupid and was immediately interested by how much they had in common. They both worked in the film industry and had similar hobbies, so Ariella knew she had to make a move. But Ariella was so worried about making a good impression that she didn’t know how to start a conversation. “When I messaged her, I didn't want it to be a shallow, ‘Hey, what’s up’ message,” says Ariella. “So I wrote her the equivalent of an essay…”

Luckily Dana responded with a message of a similar word count, and the two continued exchanging novel-length notes until their first date — and well beyond.


At their first date at Harris Grill, the couple talked for hours about everything from film to favorite colors to what superhero power they wanted. “To this day, those long convos never ended and we always seem to understand one-another and connect so easily,” Ariella says.

Ariella knew it was best to take things slowly, but it was hard to deny her feelings. “I remember having to tell myself to slow down, like, look, this is still the beginning stage, chill out,” she says. “I can also with full honesty say I knew.” Later on in the relationship, Dana confided that she felt the same way.

Ariella and Dana said “I do” at a beautiful ceremony on June 25 at Phipps Conservatory. “What's funny is that the officiant at our wedding joked that when she asked us to submit our vows, both of us wrote novels to one another,” says Ariella. “She literally said, ‘I hope everyone is comfortable in their seats, because these are long.’ I guess that was always our habit!”


Photos by Rachel Rossetti Photography


Love at First Site
Asia Lloyd and Drew Donegan were both tired of attempting to find romance in bars so they thought they’d give online dating a try. Asia had recently moved to Pittsburgh and didn’t know very many people in the city. Drew, a Pittsburgh native, initially messaged Asia because he saw in her profile that she loved dogs and music. “How could I not message a beautiful and intelligent woman who loves rock n' roll and puppies?” says Drew.

The couple messaged back and forth a little bit but really wanted to meet in person. They met one night at 8 p.m. for a drink at BrilloBox in Lawrenceville. “Before I knew it, the bartender was calling ‘last call,’” says Drew. “Those six hours just flew by with great conversation, laughs and (perhaps) one too many gin and tonics!”

But somehow those six hours weren’t enough — the couple agree that they probably could’ve gone on talking for six more. “The conversation was easy and fun. No awkward silences here,” says Asia. “Needless to say we were both pretty smitten.”


“People always say when you know, you know, and that definitely applied to us,” she adds. “We've been inseparable ever since!” To share Asia’s new home and Drew’s hometown with their friends and family, the couple tied the knot on March 12 in the Sen. John Heinz History Center.

Drew and Asia are now ardent advocates for online dating. “We love telling people we met online and always have encouraged our single friends to try it. In fact, quite a few of our friends have found love online as well,” says Asia. “It can sometimes take some digging and a lot of patience, but Drew and I are so happy that we did it and found each other in this big wide world!”

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