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"It was a hell of a surprise."

By Kristin Wong Jan 10, 2013 4:01PM

The Heart Beat is excited to introduce our new weekly feature, "True love stories." Each week, a couple with a truly amazing love story will be profiled. If you know a couple with a story worth sharing, please email us at msnlivingmail@micros​​​oft.com for a chance to be featured.

On Dec. 31, Lloyd and Marian Michael celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They kicked off their 71st year together with a heartwarming surprise.

In November, a man from Moreno Valley, Calif., called the Michaels to let them know he had found a box of their old love letters. The letters dated back to World War II, when Lloyd was deployed in Europe.

Photo: Ally T/Getty Images"We were devastated to think someone would steal our love letters and probably throw them to the wind," an 88-year-old Marian told the Daily Bulletin.


Harpist? Check. Canapés? Check. 20 months in jail? Yup.

By Kristin Wong Jan 9, 2013 4:15PM

Kirsty Lane walked down the aisle and then into the pokey. In 2011, the then 30 year-old bride threw an over-the-top wedding using $272,986 stolen from her employer.

Lane was a financial administrator for home theater company Pure AV. She siphoned hundreds of thousands from her employer and plead guilty to 10 counts of fraud. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA WireLane was eventually sentenced to 20 months in jail. But after throwing a wedding that could rival The Royals', Lane was recently only required to repay her boss $28,633.


Wedding gown too expensive? Try a birthday suit.

By Kristin Wong Jan 8, 2013 5:12PM

We can't help but notice that more and more couples are taking on an unconventional new wedding trend: tying the knot in the nude.

Yesterday we came across the story of Nick and Wendy Lowe. The couple married last week at New Zealand's Wellington Naturist Club, exchanging their vows completely unclothed. Over 120 guests attended the wedding, and only half of them were wearing clothes.

Photo: Lee Avison/Getty Images


It's no bueno and we know it - but we still tune in.

It begins again tonight, ladies and gentlemen - the 17th season of The Bachelor, starring Sean Lowe, a rejected-but-gorgeous contender for Emily Maynard's heart on her season of The Bachelorette. Remember Sean? The one who went running after Emily's car, shouting her name, to tell her something important that we've long since forgotten because all that mattered was how romantical the running and yelling part was?

Yeah, that Sean.

Sean Lowe


Tis the season for heartbreak, statistics say.

By Kristin Wong Jan 7, 2013 5:18PM

If taking down decorations and heading back to work aren't bad enough, there's something new to dread in January: heartbreak.

We didn't even know this was a thing, but according to the New York Post, the period from late December to Valentine's Day has come to be known as "National Breakup Season." And yes, we're in full swing.

Photo; Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Getty Images


A couple revisits romance 23 years later.

By Kristin Wong Jan 4, 2013 3:44PM

The Heart Beat is excited to introduce our new weekly feature, "True love stories." Each week, a couple with a truly amazing love story will be profiled. If you know a couple with a story worth sharing, please email us at msnlivingmail@micros​oft.com for a chance to be featured.

In 1984, 19-year-old Victor Santiago married his high school sweetheart, Helen. The two had known each other since Victor was 13. But despite their childhood romance, they divorced four years later.

True love stories: Helen and Victor Santiago remarry years later in Rome, Italy."I believe I really did not know anything about relationships," Victor told MSN's The Heart Beat. "She was my first love…the stress of outside influences and all—there were just a lot of things."


New year, new dating prospects.

By Kristin Wong Jan 3, 2013 4:10PM

While being single certainly has its perks, a recent survey found that many singles have resolved to find love in 2013.

Being in a "solid and happy relationship this time next year" was a top goal for the majority of singles surveyed. A more casual resolution—more sex—was also a goal.

Photo: WIN-Initiative/Getty Images


Couples share the toughest part of saying "I do."

By Kristin Wong Jan 2, 2013 4:51PM

Who doesn't get goose bumps when couples exchange wedding vows? It's impossible not to be moved when two people promise their lives together, in sickness and in health, for better or for worse.

Photo: Lane Oatey/Getty ImagesBut it's all too easy to forget the significance of those vows in the middle of an ugly marital spat. And according to a recent survey, some vows are harder to keep than others.

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