This Couple Was Confused When Their Anniversary Post Went Viral, Then They Read The Comments
Wendy Joseph and Dan Hennessey first started dating when they were just in college, and over the years the couple has been through those natural ups and downs that every relationship goes through. One day, Wendy, who posts frequent updates to her social media followers, shared a photo of them together without giving it too much thought. But then the post unexpectedly when viral, and neither Wendy or Dan understood why at first. But after they started reading the comments, it all clicked.
Looking Forward To College
Wendy was raised in New Jersey, where she spent most of her life. She ended up going to Montclair State University, a college that wasn’t too far from her hometown. There, she majored in public healthcare.
Like many young people heading to university, she was excited about what her future held and for all the new experiences she’d get to have. She’d soon meet a young man who would become a very important part of her life.
Early Days Of Facebook
When Wendy was in college, Facebook was still in its early years. At that point, the social media site was only used by university students, who could use the platform as a way to connect with one another.
Wendy, who wasn’t too familiar with Facebook yet, logged on and saw that she’d gotten an introductory message from a fellow student named Dan Hennessey. Her gut reaction was to think “first of all, I don’t know you, and I do not trust the Internet,” as she later said. But she couldn’t stop thinking about Dan’s message.
Dan’s Note To Wendy
In his message to Wendy, Dan had shared some details about himself. He was an 18-year old sophomore majoring in exercise science. As she was a year younger than him, Wendy couldn’t help but wonder why Dan had even messaged her. But she did notice his profile picture and liked what she saw!
Wendy ended up telling her best friend, Daphne, about the young man’s mysterious message. Wendy pulled up his profile and showed Daphne, who quickly realized that she and Wendy both had a connection to Dan.
Daphne Explained The Connection
Years later, Wendy shared details about her and Daphne’s conversation that day. On her YouTube channel, she explained what happened next. “Daphne looked at his picture and was like ‘Dan? He tried to talk to me too.'” Not cool. Wendy said that she “was like ‘yeah, I’m definitely not going to talk to him because he tried to talk to my best friend.” He sounded like a ladies’ man, not at all what Daphne was interested in.
Later on, Dan admitted that he had indeed messaged Daphne first, but explained, “Then,…I saw that one of her friends was Wendy, and I was like ‘wow this girl looks phenomenal, let me say hello.”
Wendy Decided Not To Respond
Wendy was definitely not interested in reaching out to someone who had approached her friend already. She was young and didn’t really want to get tied down to anyone too soon anyway, especially as she was just starting college. So she decided not to reply to Dan.
Things weren’t so cut-and-dry for Dan. He was already a little bit smitten with Wendy and couldn’t stop thinking about her. As time passed, he decided to reach out again. Even if she continued to ignore him, he had nothing to lose.
Dan had made up his mind to contact Wendy again to see if she’d respond. This time, he tried to start a conversation. Wendy didn’t understand why this person was trying to message her again after she’d ignored him before.
But then she started to investigate a little. It turned out that she and Dan had a few mutual friends, some even from her own hometown. This made him seem like less of a “stranger,” and she decided to reply to this message.
The Connection Is Made
After Wendy made up her mind to respond to Dan, their conversation came easily and naturally. They spent several days sending messages back and forth as they got to know each other on Facebook.
Neither was used to dating online (remember, this was in 2006!) so they thought it would be a good idea to meet face-to-face. But Dan was worried that it was too soon to go on a real “date” so he came up with a great idea: invite her to a party he was having soon!
No Party? No Worries!
When Dan had invited Wendy to his party, he had been getting a little ahead of himself. You see, the truth was that there was no party at his apartment. Just a minor little detail…
In the YouTube video shared by Wendy and Dan years later, he admitted, “There was no actual party. But if she had said yes then we would have created one.” He had some planning to do, and quick!
Dan’s Party Plans Went Off Without A Hitch
Turns out, it really wasn’t an issue for Dan to throw a party together at the last minute. The college sophomore and his roommates were used to hosting get-togethers all the time! Additionally, he was a basketball player and all of his teammates were game for a party.
Wendy showed up that night with several of her friends, and she and Dan had a great time. “We danced all night, we were talking, but by the end of the night everybody left and we were still there,” Wendy said in a later YouTube video.
Not A Cinderella Story
Although things were going great after the party, with Dan and Wendy continuing their blossoming friendship via text, this was not going to end up like a fairytale romance.
To their friends’ surprise, the two decided that they wanted just to remain friends instead of pursuing a relationship at this point. Neither of them was looking for anything serious. However, “we were still really interested in each other,” Dan confessed later.
A Birthday Dinner Changes Things
Even though Wendy and Dan had made it clear that they wanted to keep things at the friendship level for now, their friends could see what a great match the two were for each other.
Deep down, Dan and Wendy felt the same way. Then, Dan’s birthday rolled around and he asked Wendy to dinner in order to help him celebrate. Dan said this was the moment when they “decided ‘let’s actually try this and see where it can go.'” After that fateful dinner, they were officially known as a couple.
Their Friends All Started Hanging Out Together
It was no surprise to Wendy and Dan’s friends that the two ended up dating. It was obvious to everyone around them that the two had real chemistry. And their friends liked each other, too! Everyone started spending more time together as the two groups of friends merged into one big social circle.
For many college students, this would be a good thing. But Wendy was used to being fiercely independent, and now she was spending a ton of time with Dan and their mutual friends. She had big goals for herself and wasn’t sure whether this intense relationship would be beneficial in reaching those goals, as her time at college was soon coming to an end.
Saying Their Goodbyes
Although Wendy loved Dan and enjoyed all the time they spent together (with and without their friends), she would be graduating soon and knew that she needed to focus on her post-college plans. Sadly, she felt that she needed to do this on her own.
Wendy broke things off with Dan before graduation. While he was devastated by the breakup, he also had some personal issues to sort out as he headed into life after university. Dan and Wendy went their separate ways. It was the end of an era for them.
A YouTube Celebrity Is Born
Wendy always had an interest in beauty, fitness, and natural hair care. After breaking up with Dan, she started a YouTube channel that chronicled her path from a self-conscious girl to a confident woman. She offered her viewers workout videos, beauty tutorials, Q & A sessions, and candid talks about discovering their own natural beauty.
“Wendy’s Curls” soon had 60,000 followers and she was quickly becoming a YouTube star. She was independent and successful and was absolutely loving life.
A Chance Meeting Could Derail Everything
It had been about a year and a half since Dan and Wendy had broken up, and they had both been pursuing their personal goals. Like Wendy, Dan had also been making positive progress. But he was still despondent about their split and losing the love they had shared.
Then, fate brought them together one day and they unexpectedly ran into each other. There was an instant connection as their fond memories came rushing back. They agreed that they should rekindle the romantic relationship that they’d given up.
Dan Also Had A YouTube Channel
Like Wendy, Dan also had a health and fitness-based YouTube channel. He had started sharing photos and videos of his fitness journey (don’t forget, he studied exercise science in college).
He’d only managed to get about 15,000 followers (compared to Wendy’s 87,000) at the time the couple reunited. But they both began sharing posts about their newly-rediscovered love, and their followers absolutely ate it up! One day, they decided to post something more personal than their usual content.
An Anniversary Ten Years In The Making
Wendy and Dan realized one day that their 10-year anniversary was coming up! So much had happened in the years since they had started dating (and broken up and reunited) that they had completely lost track of all the time that had passed.
In that 10-year time period, Dan and Wendy had both changed and grown so much as individuals. A decade anniversary was a big deal, so Wendy decided to tell her followers about it. She hit “share” on the post, not having a clue how much things were about to change for the couple.
The Difference A Decade Can Make
Wendy selected two pictures to share. One showed the couple when they first started dating and the other one showed them today, in a side-by-side comparison. “10 year difference! Left 2007, Right 2017,” Wendy posted on her Instagram.
“I used to have a perm and wear my hair stuck to my face everyday, and [Dan] used to shave once a week!” she wrote. The post started going viral almost immediately, with 60,000+ likes and 900 comments right off the bat.
The Comments Started To Clear Things Up For Wendy And Dan
Wendy and Dan were social media pros and had shared many, many photos and videos of themselves over the years. And after they reunited, they’d posted tons of pictures of themselves together. So they couldn’t understand why this particular post was blowing up the way it was.
Then, they started reading the comments and things became very clear. “You wanna tell me how you aged backwards?” read one. “Did you both age in reverse?? What fountain of youth are you drinking from??” and “Why does it look like he’s dating the mom in the left and the daughter on the right” are just a few observations from their followers.
Response To Their ‘Glow Up’ Photos Gave Them An Idea
After several years of eating healthy, working out, and becoming more confident, Wendy and Dan looked better than they ever had before. And people were noticing. As the compliments poured in on social media, the couple had an idea.
They already thought that joining forces in a health and fitness-related business venture would be a natural move for them. But now it was clear that they needed to use the positive momentum they’d built and take things to the next level with their social media presence as a couple.
Sharing Their Passion For Fitness
As their anniversary post continued to garner positive attention, Dan and Wendy decided to start a wellness blog together, which they named True4You Fitness.
The couple was beyond thrilled to be able to help other people who were on a quest to reach fitness goals. After all, their own 10-year health and wellness journeys had already changed their lives so much. Now, they could share that success with an even wider audience.
Paris And Beyond
As the couple continued to gain followers and fans with their positive and inspirational health and fitness posts, they were still nurturing their romantic relationship as well. Then, on a vacation in Paris, Dan surprised Wendy in the best way possible.
At the Eiffel Tower, surrounded by just a few of their best friends, Dan got down on one knee and asked Wendy if she’d be his bride. Of course, she said yes, and they shared the entire experience on YouTube. Wendy said that she felt life could not get any better…
Traveling The World Together
Wendy and Dan share many interests beyond wellness and nutrition. One of their favorite things to do is travel. And as they traveled the world together, they shared their journey with others via social media. From Thailand to Costa Rica and Panama to Las Vegas, they went everywhere.
On one of their exotic trips, a fellow traveler told them that they should look into working as professional models. They already had a huge social media presence, so it made sense to them. Dan contacted a few modeling agencies when he and Wendy returned home.
You Can Add ‘Professional Models’ To Their Impressive Portfolio
Not only did Dan hear back from multiple modeling agencies, but they wanted to meet with the couple in person. Wendy and Dan headed to New York City to see whether professional modeling would be a part of this life journey together.
It was. Both of them were signed to agencies and they quickly landed contracts with various companies, such as Dove skincare. The couple was beyond thrilled at this exciting new opportunity, and they shared their modeling experiences with their growing social media following.
The Journey Just Keeps Getting Better
Today, the couple calls Los Angeles their home base. But they continue to travel the world together as they inspire others to follow their health and fitness dreams. Dan and Wendy’s popularity continues to grow, right along with their love for each other.
Although they’re beyond grateful for the support they receive from their many fans and followers, they both say that their love for one another is what really keeps them going.
In October 2019, the couple announced that they were married. Wendy explained their decision to have a surprise wedding in a post called “We Eloped: Our Simple Big Day.” “If you have known us for any amount of time, then you know we are all about enjoying life, living from love and being spontaneous,” she wrote. “Well, that’s exactly what went into our decision to elope after 3 years of being engaged!”
Fans were thrilled and congratulations poured in from all over the world. And after their honeymoon in Europe, the power couple is back at work and ready to continue inspiring others. We can’t wait to see what they do next!