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

Luke Bond, 22, and Sarah Dorough, 21, acquired engaged after only one yr of relationship. Photograph / Instagram @lukethomasbond

A pair who dwell 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 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 someday.

“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 far-off 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 now we have 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 sort of knew him, which made me a bit of extra comfy but in addition 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 mentioned: “We’d 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 once 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 virtually felt like a dream.

“To today 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 maintain touring backwards and forwards’, says Dorough.

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

Dorough mentioned her household weren’t shocked by the engagement, in reality, they’d been anticipating Bond to get down on one knee.

She mentioned: “I feel everybody knew, ever since he was coming all the way in which 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 perpetually 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 mentioned their relationship works as a result of they belief one another and talk nicely with one another. Nonetheless, she admits it may be laborious.

“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 speak via what you are going via as a result of you aren’t there with the particular person plenty of instances so you are going daily about what’s going on and strolling one another via these steps.”


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