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:
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