2013's Top 10 Most Viral Love Stories

By Kristen Droesch

Okay, prepare the tissues. We've rounded up the top ten viral love stories of the year. These stories are the ones that tugged at our heartstrings and went wild on the Internet. And for good reason! These stories set the Internet on fire and nearly crashed our computers, all because they revolve around the most important emotion in the world: love.

1. Our first story comes to us from San Diego, where Jesse and Kelly Cottle took a simple photo. But a little background first. Jesse was serving in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED, wounding him severely and taking both of his legs. After a long recovery, he was on one of his first outings in San Diego (to a swim meet), where he met Kelly. His bravery and perseverance intrigued her, and they eventually married. This past summer, on a family trip, a photographer was called in to snap some family portraits. As they finished up, Kelly was carrying her husband back to his prosthetics when the photographer got in one more. "I was carrying Jesse back to his legs, and the photographer was like, 'Oh we’ll get a couple of shots of you together.' It wasn't planned or anything," Kelly said of the tender moment. Their love and devotion to each other is clear in this portrait. Jesse said of being wounded, "If I hadn't stepped on that IED I wouldn’t have met her. I wouldn't take it back ever."

2. Next up we have some of the most honest and heartfelt words you will ever read. Seth Adam Smith reflected in an article titled Marriage Isn’t For You how he learned (the hard way) that marriage isn't about you, but rather the person you have chosen to spend your life with, and how you must support them and put them first. His father had some inspiring wisdom to share: "You don't marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy. More than that, your marriage isn't for yourself, you're marrying for a family. Not just for the in-laws and all of that nonsense, but for your future children. Who do you want to help you raise them? Who do you want to influence them? Marriage isn't for you. It's not about you. Marriage is about the person you married."

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