A couple who declared their love hours after their first Zoom date and have only spent four days apart are now getting married just eight months since meeting.
Nyasha Pitt, 43, from Coventry, and Dwain Daley, 37, from Birmingham, arranged an online first date on 14 July, 2020, a few weeks after they matched on Bumble.
Hours after the date they had confessed their love for one another and within two weeks Daley had moved his belongings into Pitt's home and introduced his new love to his children.
In December, Daley proposed while the couple were in bed and their turbo relationship will culminate in marriage on 29 March, the first day they can wed after lockdown.
The romantic pair, who are both marketing consultants, believe the universe brought them together.
“We realise our relationship is by no means perfectly normal and that some people might think it’s all happened very fast – that’s a completely valid comment," Pitt says.
“We don’t expect everyone to get it – it came as a huge surprise to us as well.
“But I asked the universe for Dwain, and then it was like ‘here you go’. We’re meant to be together.”
Having decided she was ready to find 'the one', Pitt, who divorced from her partner of 11 years in 2008, decided to try dating app Bumble during the first lockdown in 2020.
She matched with three men, including Daley, who had been single for three months and has two children, a daughter aged 13 and a son aged eight.
“At first, me and Dwain kept missing each other – he’d reply and then, because I wasn’t on the app all the time, I’d get back to him a day or so later," Pitt explains.
“But it was clear we had a connection and a lot in common; he was very funny, but not as funny as me!”
They exchanged numbers, and on 13 July they called each other at 11pm, hitting it off so well that they stayed up chatting until 1am.
“The next day we were texting all morning and then we did a two hour Zoom call later that day at 7pm,” Pitt says.
“We had this crazy energy and such a strong connection that I knew I needed to meet him.”
As the first lockdown had eased, Pitt decided to form a social bubble with Daley, driving 21 miles from Coventry to his house in Birmingham that same day, 14 July.
“I never believed in all this ‘love at first sight’ stuff before, but it felt like I had known him my whole life," she explains.
“I felt so safe around him – I’d never normally contemplate going into a strange man’s house but here I was.”
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Having stayed the night, the following evening the couple declared their love for each other.
“We were just talking about something mundane and I couldn’t focus, because all I could think about was how much I loved him, and wanted to tell him," Pitt explains.
“I was like ‘oh my God, this is crazy’. I told him, ‘I’m going to say something to you I don’t mean because clearly it would be crazy if I did, but I love you’.
“And he said, ‘well phew, that’s really good because I love you too’.”
Then Pitt had to return home for a couple of days for work and to feed her four cats.
“It felt so uncomfortable being apart. I couldn’t sleep properly when he wasn’t there – it was like a piece of me was missing," Pitt says.
After a couple of weeks of visiting each others homes, Daley arrived at Pitt’s home with two computers, two monitors and a hold-all full of clothes.
Two weeks into their relationship, they hit their next milestone – introducing Pitt to Daley’s two children.
“They came over to Dwain’s one weekend, and we had a BBQ in the sunshine, it was such a lovely afternoon and we immediately got on. They’re such wonderful children,” Pitt explains.
The pair have been inseparable since, splitting their time between their homes and spending just four days apart.
When Daley casually suggested they get married while tucked up in bed one December night Pitt was only too happy to say yes.
“I was kind of expecting it, because he was telling me he was going to marry me from day one," she says.
“He’d sing me this song that went ‘I’m going to marry you, I’m going to marry you’ and because we had this connection, I didn’t find it weird at all – it just made me laugh if anything.”
Shortly after, Daley met Pitt’s father and asked his permission for his daughter’s hand in marriage.
Daley has now officially moved out of his house in Birmingham and in with Pitt and her four cats in Coventry.
The couple now run their own business strategy and marketing consultancy Varyah and set up social media channels DWASH1111 TwinFlameTV on YouTube and Instagram to document their journey.
Their wedding at Coventry Register Office can only be attended by six close family members and friends, but the pair cannot wait for lockdown measures to ease so they can have a delayed celebration with all their loved ones and go on honeymoon.
“I got exactly what I asked for from the universe," Pitt says. "I wrote out a list of life goals on a big, A1 piece of paper that I stuck in the hallway, and before I went to bed and when I woke up every morning I’d will them into existence.
“And then three weeks later, I met Dwain.”
Additional reporting PA Real Life.