For all of the Romeos and Juliets of the world, don't give up on true love just yet. In honor of Valentine's Day, we've rounded up some of the most heartwarming stories from recent years that'll remind you that true love conquers all. Here, meet some of the most inspiring couples that went viral and prepare to bawl your eyes out (sorry).
Ted Richardson and His Late Wife
Over the last five years, Ted Richardson, 93, has visited his late wife's grave at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific every morning at 6:30 a.m. sharp. "I always tell her when I go up there, 'Payback time,'" he told . He pays her back for 72 years of marriage with mini carnations. "I use mini carnations because when you first put them in they're just buds. Then about three days later they open up," he said. As of December 2018, he has visited her grave more than 1,300 times.
Lauren Saia and Marty Bruckner
This is proof that tragedy — specifically a catastrophic category 5 hurricane — can't get in the way of true love. In fall 2017, Hurricane Irma destroyed their home in San Juan, causing the couple to put their wedding on hold. After spending the next few months donating their time and money to relief efforts, the couple released breathtaking engagement photos that captured their island's beauty amid the rubble. Their work didn't go unnoticed: The local community then rallied together to give them the wedding of the dreams.
Jan Svendsen and Glenn Weiss
Glenn Weiss, an accomplished director and producer, will never forget the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. While accepting his 14th Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, — and the whole world swooned. Even sweeter, he gave her the ring that his dad gave his mother 67 years ago.
Angela and Jeff Hartung
Aftercaused Angela Hartung to forget the last 15 years of her life, her husband had to make her fall in love with him again. Although they had been married for 13 years at the time of her accident, she thought her husband Jeff was a mere stranger after waking up from the medically induced coma. Thanks to patience, persistence, and plenty of photographs, the couple eventually said "I do" (for the second time) in 2016.
Heather Krueger and Chris Dempsey
After hearing about a coworker's cousin in need, a man donated his liver to a complete stranger — and then married her. Former Marine Chris Dempsey decided to get tested even though he'd never seen or heard of Heather Krueger before. It turned out, they were a match in more ways than one. After undergoing the major surgery, the two quickly became more than friends, and tied the knot over a year later. Their triumphant love story even inspired the Hallmark Christmas movie, .
Emily Summers and Chris Norton
For college athlete Chris Norton, one wrong move lead to a paralyzing spinal cord injury and a 3% chance of movement below his neck. He didn't let that stop him: At his wedding to Emily Summers on April 21, 2018, he accomplished his goal by walking down the 7-yard aisle with his new wife by his side. "It was incredible to see how motivated he was,” Summers told . “When he sets his mind to something, he does it. That’s why I fell in love with him.”
Roseann Sdoia and Mike Materia
Roseann Sdoia was watching the 2013 Boston Marathon when the bomb went off. The explosion severed the bottom of her left leg, but the firefighter who helped save her life never left her side. Mike Materia held her hand, calming her down as they rushed to the hospital. He later visited Sdoia as she recovered, waiting with her for hours at doctor's appointments. Almost four years later, he proposed to the woman he helped rescue, and their love story even inspired .
Anna and Terry
An Australian couple went viral for the proposal of the decade when the clever fiancé hid the ring in plain sight for an entire year. Terry had crafted a wooden necklace for his girlfriend Anna to celebrate their one-year anniversary, but also carved out a secret compartment inside. When it came time to pop the question, he broke the seal and gave Anna the ring she'd unknowingly worn around her neck every day for months on end.
Hannah and Stuart Patterson
After a car accident left her badly injured just weeks before the wedding, bride-to-be Hannah Patterson planned on going down the aisle in a wheelchair. But then-fiancee Stuart Patterson literally took matters into his own hands when he carried his future wife up to the altar. In fact, Stuart was Hannah's rock throughout the entire recovery process. The devoted spouse even slept in a chair next to her hospital bed, holding her hand.
Dale and Veronica Partridge
Some people get cold feet at the idea of monogamy, but Dale Partridge revealed his marriage to "one woman" never gets boring. In a viral , the author wrote, "Men are so worried that marriage will leave them with "only one woman" ... I fell in love with a 19-year-old rock climber, married a 20-year-old animal lover, started a family with a 24-year-old mother ... You'll actually become overwhelmed with how many beautiful versions of her you get to marry over the years." Aw!
Craig and Joan Lyons
When doctors diagnosed Craig Lyons with terminal pancreatic cancer, he had to move up his wedding to fiancée Joan. But the couple didn't let the prognosis get in the way of their commitment to one another. During the reception, the bride shaved her head in solidarity with her ailing husband, and it's safe to say she looked simply beautiful.
A shortage of spending money didn't stop Cody Mitschelen from taking his girlfriend out for lunch. The teen went door-to-door mowing lawns to pay for a date. Luckily, Mitschelen's romantic ways caught the attention of the internet, prompting the restaurant to comp their meal. As for his hard-earned cash, the doting boyfriend spent it on the next best thing: a second date getting ice cream.
Evan Leach and Kim Kuhl
After 25 years apart, two summer-camp sweethearts reconnected online in a chance encounter. Evan Leach sent a flirty message to Kim Kuhl, not realizing it was his teenage crush. (She'd changed her name from a previous marriage). Luckily, Kuhl remembered him immediately, and the two hit it off, getting hitched in Paris several years later.
Thomas and Irene Howard
Sometimes you just know it from the start. When a young Thomas Howard laid eyes on his new neighbor, he decided right then she was the one. "I was only about 9 then and when I first saw Irene I thought, 'what a lovely girl, she's going to be my girl, this one' and my fondness for her grew since then," Thomas said. And he was right — over 80 years together, the childhood sweethearts are still in love.
Not weepy-eyed yet? A viral picture from will have you reaching for the tissues. A 100-year-old man refused to let go of his dying wife, according the poster, their granddaughter. Side-by-side in hospital beds, the couple held hands until the very end. They celebrated 77 years of marriage before the 96-year-old passed away. If that's not love, we don't know what is.