Facebook Strangers’ Mix-up Leads to Real-life Marriage


Aaaah, Facebook. sometimes people hate to love you, and sometimes people love to hate you, for some very interestingly inconvenient reasons.

And sometimes, there are just some things you do get right, even when you mess up. Take this couple, for example.

Once upon a flip phone in 2009, Schuyler Benson of South Arkansas logged onto Facebook and found himself in the account of Celeste Zendler, a woman he didn’t know.

In 2009 while living in South Arkansas, I used a flip-phone to log into my Facebook account. I opened the browser, went to facebook.com, and wasn't even given a chance to enter any login information. I was already logged in. I had to make several posts in order to find out I wasn't logged into my own account.

Turns out, I was in the account of a nice lady named Celeste, who lived in Boulder, Colorado. She and I had never met, never lived in the same state, had no mutual friends in real life or online, shared no Facebook interests. For some reason, I was unable to logout of her account. And every time I logged in from my phone for the entire week, I found myself in Celeste's account.

Zendler was a Boulder, Colorado resident at the time, and was only made aware of the situation when her friends alerted her to it.

The pair tried a number of methods to help Benson out of Schuyler’s account — which had quite puzzled Benson, as he after all had not entered any log-in information to get him in in the first place.

At the end, Zendler sent Benson a friend request, and was able to help him log out. Initially, Zendler had planned to delete Benson, but they soon found themselves talking and discovered they had a lot of things in common.

After some understandable confusion (and a little panic on both parts), I was able to log out after she sent me a friend request. She's admitted that she intended to delete me a few days later, but it turns out we had a lot in common.

Like, a LOT in common. We became close friends online, and finally met in person in June of 2013. In the fall of 2013, she relocated from Colorado to live with me in Arkansas.

Yep, after four years of exchanging messages, the pair finally met in person — Zendler moved to Arkansas in 2013, and the pair were engaged when summer came.

Benson and Zendler tied the knot the summer of 2015, and the groom gladly shared his story in this series of photos.

In June of 2014, we were engaged, and subsequently moved to South Carolina, where we were married on June 21, 2015.

I found my partner, my best friend, my great love via a simple glitch in social media. There are awful things in this world, but sometimes there's beauty, too. This is my beauty.

Congratulations, Celeste and Schuyler! We wish you all the best!

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