Our Tinder Story

Yep… we’re one of the select few who didn’t use Tinder to just get a NCMO (Non-Committal Make Out) and we like our story so much we thought we’d tell you about here. Really, we just get tired of explaining to people over 40 what tinder is and since we’ve had to tell our story well over 84 times, we figured we’ll just write and direct people here.

So one day Janie and I downloaded an app called Tinder.

Tinder: a dating app that helps you find single people in your area. If you’re attracted to them, and they’re attracted to you, both parties are notified. If one of you is attracted and the other isn’t, neither is notified. If both parties don’t’ find each other attractive, they both go on their ways, never knowing what the other thinks. Only first names, age, mutual interests and mutual friends are displayed.


Our Tinder photos:

Chris - 25 SaraJane - 18 "We talkin bout practice"

Chris – 25
SaraJane – 18
“We talkin bout practice”

When I first saw Janie and found out we were a match, I noticed her caption said “We talkin bout practice”. It’s a quote from Allen Iverson when he missed practice. Here’s the link if you missed the hype about a decade ago. So to get our conversation started, I finished her quote with “Not a game, not a game.” She liked that cause she knew that I at least was familiar with basketball which she and her family are obsessed with. Those first words earned me some major brownie points.

After a few more weeks of chatting and mutual friends doing some leg work for me, I creatively convinced Janie to give me her phone number. I asked her out to go get some ice cream and she actually blew me off.

Janie here, when he says I blew him off this is only partly true.  My parents were unhappy about me using tinder.  When I went to Provo to hang out with a boy I had met on tinder I was then grounded because I had disobeyed them and their wishes of no tinder use.  The weekend Chris asked me out I was grounded (yes, as a college aged student I was still grounded.)

After never hearing from her again, I received a text from a number at 8:16am about a month later. It was Janie but just to show how much I never thought I’d hear from her again, I didn’t even have her number saved in my phone. She asked me if I liked basketball…then it went on like this:

First TextBasketball is a major part of my family and I couldn’t take someone who knew nothing about the sport or who didn’t care to watch a game with me and talk sports.  Luckily, Chris isn’t a total nub when it comes to basketball but, I can beat him when we play one on one.

I thought she just meant like a party to watch the games but then I realized she meant tickets to the actual NCAA March Madness games at the Energy Solutions Arena so I hurried and changed my plans so I could go.

Little fun fact, Janie and I both were sort of dating other people at the time so we both approached the date more as just to have fun rather than potential partner interview.

Now the fun story is that Janie’s parents had actually told her to stop using Tinder. They didn’t trust it and didn’t like all the time she was spending on it and with boys she met through the app. So when I arrived to meet Janie, she told me to not let her parents know that we met on Tinder.

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 12.53.18 AM

When I first met her dad, the first thing he asked me, “you’re not one of those tinder boys are you?” and so to go along with Janie, I said no. The first words I ever said to my father-in-law were a lie. Her brother actually knew that I was from tinder and heard me lie, so he didn’t like me much from the start but has since become one of my most true supporters.

Needless to say, it was the best first date I had ever been on. We were laughing, dancing and just having so much fun together. I loved how easily I could talk with her and just feel like myself right off the bat. Here’s a picture of our first date:


After that date, we met up again two days later to see the next round of March Madness games. Janie had actually gotten all the tickets from yet another tinder boy from Arizona t. He was apart of the Arizona basketball teams staff and they were playing both the 1st and 2nd round in Salt Lake. He hooked her up with 8 tickets for our first date and 6 tickets for our 2nd. So I met pretty much all of Janie’s family the first two times I hung out with her.

Well that 2nd date was just as good if not better than the first and that night I kissed Janie for the first time. Like I mentioned earlier, Janie and I were both kind of dating other people when we went out so she let her boy know pretty quickly and it wasn’t too difficult, but for me it was a bit rougher. I was actually talking almost everyday to a girl who lived in Texas who I had met about a month before that. I had a plane ticket to fly out and visit her and so I had the huge task of letting her know that I wouldn’t be flying out there any more. I made that phone call not even one week after my first date with Janie. We both knew early that we liked each other and this would be something.

From there, we were together as much as possible. She attended school at the University of Utah and I was in my last semester at BYU graduating in advertising. I actually had an internship lined up in Chicago for the summer and Janie I met on March 21 leaving only a few months for us to date if this thing was going to go anywhere.

Well after dating for 2 months-ish, I took off to Chicago for for the summer (+2 more months that came after). I found out later that Janie was not 100% whereas I was pretty set on marrying her. Luckily her mom planned a trip for her to come see me for her birthday and that really helped seal the deal.


Countless hours texting, calling, facetiming, and skyping for those five months.  The long distance really showed us how much we care for each other and how much we needed to be in each others lives. Also impromptu dance parties.

After being in Chicago for 5 months, I was given a job opportunity in Salt Lake and I took it. 2 weeks before I came back, I proposed to Janie at the place where I took her on our third date (the first date that I asked her out).

ProposalOur engagement story!


We were married on Jan. 17, 2014 in the LDS Salt Lake Temple and we are having a lot of fun.


47 thoughts on “Our Tinder Story

  1. Pingback: Summer lovin' had me a blast with these dating apps | AZ Tech BeatAZ Tech Beat

  2. Pingback: A look at how some apps achieved success | Our ComponentOne

  3. My boyfriend and I met on tinder three and a half months ago. From the first date, we both just knew. Some people might think we’re crazy for already talking about marriage (and have been from the beginning), but we know that we’re doing what God has planned for us. True love, man. It’s a beautiful thing.

  4. I consulted http://www.tinderfella.co.uk and took their advise, I am certain that there are many more tinder love stories out there that end up in marriage! Just people like to hide it! (like internet dating!) Society is so sexualised these days that often we feel people are clouded by a need to be instantly gratified and not seek long term happiness.

  5. Me and my boyfriend officially met on person threw tinder new years eve of this year moved in together 15 days later & ever since then we haven’t spent a day apart. Its beautiful to see that my love story wasn’t crazy. & to the person that says they’ll get a divorce, not all people have f’ed up relationships, some are magic.

  6. It’s Actually great to hear successful tinder love stories. My boyfriend and I is one of those as well. Working as a flight attendant makes serious dating very hard thing to do, yet I found my love through tinder and We’ve got nothing to be ashamed of. I’m based in the Middle East and he’s based in Zurich, well it’s hard but when you love somebody you do everything to make it work! Godbless your relationship!!

  7. I came across your story doing some research on ‘Tinder’ for my communications class. It’s amazing at how you two were able to turn around an app used for hook-ups into a real life love story. I hope you don’t mind as use it as a short example for my oral presentation on ‘Tinder.’ It is WAY TOO CUTE not to share. The girls in my class will “awwww” at it and the guys hopefully will open their eyes a bit at what could really be if they got serious! Anyway, much blessings and happiness for you two!

  8. I have a first date tonight with a guy I met on Tinder. Figured I’d boost my optimism about the good things that can happen by googling ‘Tinder Success Stories.’ And there you were. I am sooo very happy for you two and no matter how many times, I’ve gotten love wrong, I never give up because the wrong one brings me closer to Mr. RIGHT! :) Wish me luck! (fingers crossed)

    Live Long and Prosper you two!

  9. Congratulations! So nice to hear your love story. All of my friends and I think your love story is just too cute. I also met a guy on Tinder, earlier in June while I was on Vacation. I had just added the app two two weeks prior to meeting him. We instantly clicked; it was magnetic. We were long distance throughout the summer. Then we both got busy with life and stopped talking a couple months later.
    I still think about him every now and then. I’m a firm believer it’s not how you meet but what you do with the relationship! Wishing you both the best and thanks for sharing your story! Great inspiration!

  10. I just loved your story!! I met my boyfriend on Tinder as well, and since the minute we met, we both knew we wanted something serious ;) He met my parents on our third date, now months after we are traveling to Europe to meet his parents. I´m kind of nervous as I´ll be the first formal girlfriend he takes home and all the way from America ;)
    So glad to find successful stories likes yours which shows that when there´s love, honesty and comittment it really doesn’t matter where you find your *right* one.
    And yes….Thank you TINDER for bringing me my Mr. RIGHT ;)


  11. I met my boyfriend on Tinder and things just work. I believe it is in part to the communication prior to meeting up, we spent a solid 3 days none stop messaging each other and we were crazy, excited about meeting up. Everything was so honest and just laid out on the table nothing was hidden. One day he just started calling me his girlfriend, never officially asked me out. So being the girl that I am I asked why there was no formal “Will you be my girlfriend?” and he said “from our first date I knew you were my girlfriend.” We are going on 7 strong months together and looking to move in together in the coming months.

  12. Pingback: There’s something about Apps. | City Babble

  13. Pingback: Tinder o no Tinder, esa es la cuestión… | PopStiker

  14. I love your page with your wedding pictures and family activities! I met my boyfriend on tinder. He is the love of my life and when I saw your pictures I basically saw my boyfriend and I. Hope all is well.
    Ps: what camera do you use?!

  15. Pingback: Meeting Your Spouse At Whole Foods Has Never Been So Romantic | SuddenlySlimmer

  16. Pingback: Meeting Your Spouse At Whole Foods Has Never Been So Romantic | Chikys

  17. Pingback: Meeting Your Spouse At Whole Foods Has Never Been So Romantic | Kronosim

  18. Pingback: Meeting Your Spouse At Whole Foods Has Never Been So Romantic - AltoSky - AltoSky

  19. Pingback: Meeting Your Spouse At Whole Foods Has Never Been So Romantic - Fashion News Cloud

  20. Pingback: Meeting Your Spouse At Whole Foods Has Never Been So Romantic | The H2O Standard

  21. Pingback: Meeting Your Spouse At Whole Foods Has Never Been So Romantic | Pinoria News

  22. Your story is absolutely inspiring! I tried Tinder for the first time a few months ago after breaking off a 6-year relationship months prior with someone that I couldn’t see myself marrying. After only a week of having the app I went on a date with my current boyfriend. From that date on I knew in my gut that he was “the one”. Conversation with him is so easy, he wants the same things out of life as I do, we are so similar and can finish each other’s sentences. Never have I smiled or laughed so much in my life. It has been the best 2 months of my life so far and we both can’t imagine being without each other. We just knew :)

  23. I was in a rough patch on the outs with a 5 year going relationship that wasn’t really going anywhere. I was only messing with this tinder app when I found nick. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me, I have moved to his town and I support him as my police officer and protector. We just bought a house and we are so incredibly happy. At 27 and 30 we have finally found the key to happiness. We are an absolute perfect match. The story is so much more than this short paragraph, but tinder gave me the rest of my life:)

  24. With just one swipe. Yes, the “swipe” that change my whole life.

    Hi, I’m also one of the tinder guys who spent their time looking for a girl to hook-up with on tinder. I admit it, I’m a real life ‘barney stinson’, I used to make a girls fall in love with me and when the time comes they want something serious, i just let them hanging. I hate, L*V#?(cant even type it), i hat commitment, it makes me sick. But one day i met a girl on tinder that change my perspective with L@V#(still cant type it tho). At first I thought she’ll just be like the other girls I hurt before, but as time goes by, being with her, little by little, I saw the changes in me. And even though it’s still just one month and ten days since the day I swipe her right. I know and I feel the she is the right girl that God gave to me.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s