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The Story of Claire & I - A Red Bubble Romance!

Many people on Red Bubble have followed our story, and we thank you so much for all the encouragement, comments on our work and support. For those who haven’t, this is the inspiring love tale that just goes to show that two people can find love in the most extraordinary circumstances!
Claire and I met on Red Bubble in April, 2009.
I was the host of 1 On 1: The Fine Art Of Portraiture at the time, and Claire submitted her painting Robert Bray 2006 and I accepted it and, rightly so, praised it.
She in turn viewed my profile and saw something in my eyes that she felt strangely drawn to.
She praised a lot of my work and eventually sent me a bubblemail asking for tips.
She looked cute in her picture, so I started flirting with her innocently, thinking there was absolutely no chance because she lived in the UK, 10,000 miles away!
We bubblemailed each other more and more frequently, chatting about artsy stuff for a while, then began to realise we thought the same way, and had the same dreams and viewpoints. We exchanged personal email addresses.
It wasn’t long before we started including more personal topics in our emails, and the emails became larger and more frequent.
We were emailing each other on a daily basis, sometimes 3 or 4 seperate emails a day, falling in love, digitally.
We had seen only a few photos of each other (well she saw more of me as I whore myself on MySpace and facebook lol) but we fell in love with each other’s hearts and minds.
She sent me an email one day saying she had a crazy idea, to quit her job, come up with 500 pounds and fly 10 000 miles to come and stay with me for a month.
I thought it was crazy, but I was just as curious, so I agreed.
We waited three weeks before the big day, all the while the love getting deeper and stronger, and the emails getting longer.
She arrived here in Adelaide on May 30th, and we instantly got along like a house on fire.
She instictively knew i was the one, but I needed a bit more convincing than her. Within a week I fell hard for her, and we absolutely rocked the whole universe off it’s axis!
I now knew she was the one I was meant to spend my life with so proposed to her on 21st of June, and she said yes!
so a couple of weeks later her restricted time in Australia drew to a close, but we tearfully parted as she went back to England with a purpose this time – to apply for a prospective marriage visa to move to Adelaide.
We gathered testimonies from relatives and friends, borrowed thousands of dollars, and sent the application off while we waited on opposite ends of the globe.
The wait was excruciating, we were in constant contact, 3 of 4 emails a day, text messages every waking hour, YouTube posts, and MSN video calls every day.
Claire finally got the email from immigration 10 weeks later saying it had been approved, and we were happier than we have ever been!
She arrived in mid September, to live! and we got married on October 31st which is the Australian version of Beltane, a Pagan time of celebration.
Several Red Bubblers attended, including:
Lynda Robinson
Julia Thomas
Topher Webb
Ross Aberlé
We have recently moved to an amazing house in a beautiful town on the outskirts of Adelaide, two doors down from the scrub, and a 3 minute walk to the beach :)
To all those who dont believe in long distance romance, internet romance, and love when you least expect it, to you I say BAH HUMBUG!!!




All Photos Courtesy of Julia Thomas

Comments

  • carss66
    carss66about 5 years ago

    i am soooo soooo happy for you mate.a perfect couple(congrats).hope you both have a awesome xmas and a great new year.awesome photos mate,you both look so happy and rightly so.best wishes chris

  • Thanks so much Chris, it’s the people like you unfailingly following us that makes all the difference in a somewhat cruel world :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonabout 5 years ago

    Awwww – I’ve gorn all gooey reading this and looking at the photos again!!!! I have some photos which I must send you! So lovely to see your smiley faces and I can tell things are going exceptionally well for you. You were meant to be together!!! Have a GREAT Christmas with your family you lovely people! XO

  • Thank you so much Lynda, our fairy godmother, and our guiding light through the thick and thin. You are a beautiful soul and I thank you so much for all your support and love :)
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    – Simon Aberle

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnabout 5 years ago

    Ah, ain’t love grand! Such a beautiful fairytale with a happy ending. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Simon. I wish you and Claire all the best :))

  • Thank you :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • sandra22
    sandra22about 5 years ago

    Simon and Claire, what a lovely story….(Claire that dress is pretty)
    How wonderful to hear of a happy ending share here, well done and BEST TO YOU BOTH
    sandra x

  • Thank you :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhiabout 5 years ago

    wow this is so cool!!Congrats !! Hope u have a great christmas and happy 2010 together!!!

  • Thank you :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Cathy Amendola
    Cathy Amendolaabout 5 years ago

    OMGosh…I LOVE this story…you and Claire are adorable….I think you should write up dates…
    or maybe a blog….I’m wondering now if there are other RB couples…??? Thanks for telling your lovely story, Simon…and CONGRATULATIONS to you both!
    Cathy

  • Thank you :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Husky
    Huskyabout 5 years ago

    Well congrats to you both!! I dont normally read anything on RB with more than 4 lines haha without pics but I managed to read ur story Sime!! Dale.

  • Thank you :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Care
    Careabout 5 years ago

    that is so beautiful…wishing you both the very best in life : )

  • Thank you :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • DoreenPhillips
    DoreenPhillipsabout 5 years ago

    Wow……….Such an amazing story………You are both so lucky to have found each other…….RB Rocks……………..lol…………..There is a new group called Face 2 Face………they would love this ……I wish you both a Very Merry Xmas and a Beautiful Life together………………I am so Jealous…..hahaha………………x

  • Thank you :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Christine Beswick
    Christine Beswickabout 5 years ago

    What a lovely happy story and photos. You’re really keeping a smile on my face.
    May you have long, happy lives together.

  • Thank you :)

    – Simon Aberle