Captivating Couples: Meet The Couples Who Stole Our Hearts This Year

GO’s annual celebration of inspiring partnerships in love and life.

Photo by Wendy Callaway

EMILY & JENNIFER — Riverside, CA
Emily Espinoza, Designer
Jennifer Espinoza, Poet

Jennifer and Emily met in 2007 on MySpace (the OG Tinder). Jen thought Emily was cute, so she messaged her, which led to a phone call, which led to a coffee date. “I could just tell Emily was a really special and rare kind of person. When I got home from the date I literally threw up because of how strongly I felt about her,” says Jen. They were friends for a year, then once the timing was right, and they got together, they became inseparable. They got married last year. “The best part of it was sneaking away together to take selfies and freak about being married. In those moments, time slowed down a bit, and it gave us a chance to take it all in. It was beautiful,” says Jen.

Jen is a poet and continuously describes their relationship in a gorgeous way: “We just know each other so well, and we care about one another so deeply. We’ve got each other’s backs. There’s also nothing possessive or weird about it — we just choose to love each other because we love our love!”

Emily says, “Jen is just my favorite person on the planet. My soulmate. I ask myself every day how I got so lucky.” In five years, they’d like to explore the possibility of having children, if they feel ready.

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