The Story of How We Met

In honor of Valentine's Day, I've decided to do something I very rarely like to do and that's get personal. Throughout the past 5 years of T and I's relationship, we are constantly asked by many about how we met. We do like to share the story with friends and family since we didn't meet conventionally. And while sadly work has us in two separate countries this Valentine's Day, even though he did send me gorgeous roses to let me know he is thinking of me, I cannot help but reflect back on the past five years of the best love I have ever known and ever will know. It all started back in the spring of 2010. I was a working model living in New York City and T was a working actor back in Vancouver. There's no chance we should have ever met under normal circumstances, right? Right. Actually, this story goes back even further than 2010. It goes back to 2007, when I was scrolling through the tv guide one Sunday night and came across a show called The Tudors. Thinking it was a documentary and since we all know I LOVE history, I selected it and began to watch it. Although it most definitely was not a documentary, I still got incredibly hooked and looked forward to every season the next three years. 2010 was to be the fourth and final season, and T was cast in one of the lead roles for that season. First episode of season 4 airs, and T's face basically starts the whole season. I remember looking at him thinking, "Whoa. He's handsome!" He caught my attention right away (and no, it wasn't because of all his love scenes). I would tweet every Sunday night that I was about to settle in and watch The Tudors. I never tweeted at him - I didn't even follow him on Twitter - but he did a search for who was watching The Tudors and he saw my tweet pop up (yes, basically in a way he stalked me. But not in a creepy way!). One night, I randomly got a follow from him (ironically it was the night his character had a BIG downfall - I won't spill for those who have not watched but let's just say the evidence now sits on our living room shelf). Thinking it was a mistake, I checked to see if it was the real T following me on Twitter. It was. I was very confused! It took me two weeks to follow him back. Shortly after I returned the follow, I received a sweet message from him basically saying hello and that he was not a creeper. We then would tweet comments back and forth once in a while here and there for a couple of months. Shortly after our first "Twitter chat", I ended up moving west to California. I lived with my father in Northern California for a while to get some father-daughter time before I officially moved on my own to Los Angeles. By this time, T and I had been occasionally tweeting. One night, we started chatting a bit more via direct message and the next day he suggested the next time we were both in LA we should meet up. A few weeks later, we were both scheduled to be in LA. We arranged to meet on the first night I arrived. Guys, I cannot remember the last time I was that nervous. Competing at Miss Universe was a BREEZE compared to the nerves I felt before meeting T for the first time. The butterflies were in full force. I will never forget the first time I saw him and I will never forget how hot and red my cheeks felt as I smiled. Our first "date" was so good, we hung out until 2 in the morning at a cafe just chatting and sharing a sweet dessert. In fact, the first "date" was really so good that we saw each other every single day for the next 8 days that I was in LA. And the rest is history. Five years and two cats later, we are still the same silly and lovey couple we have been since the beginning. He was there when I won Miss California USA and Miss USA, and he and his family flew down to Brazil to watch me compete at Miss Universe. I have been there from the moment he got his first audition for ReignΒ and two years later I am still his biggest cheerleader. I still get butterflies when I see him, whether it be when he comes home from set or I return home after a trip away. That dorky smile still makes me weak at the knees, and I would do anything, literally anything, just to hear his laugh. When I was a little girl I would dream about being in love with someone, as most little girls do, and this is exactly what I had envisioned only reality so far has exceeded those dreams. I am so happy I found someone who makes my heart feel full and pure. Happy Valentine's Day to my wonderful man, and Happy Valentine's Day to all the lovebirds out there. Treat every day like it's Valentine's Day! Alyssa Campanella Torrance CoombsPhoto by Travis Stanton

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve decided to do something I very rarely like to do and that’s get personal. Throughout the past 5 years of T and I’s relationship, we are constantly asked by many about how we met. We do like to share the story with friends and family since we didn’t meet conventionally. And while sadly work has us in two separate countries this Valentine’s Day, even though he did send me gorgeous roses to let me know he is thinking of me, I cannot help but reflect back on the past five years of the best love I have ever known and ever will know.

It all started back in the spring of 2010. I was a working model living in New York City and T was a working actor back in Vancouver. There’s no chance we should have ever met under normal circumstances, right? Right. Actually, this story goes back even further than 2010. It goes back to 2007, when I was scrolling through the tv guide one Sunday night and came across a show called The Tudors. Thinking it was a documentary and since we all know I LOVE history, I selected it and began to watch it. Although it most definitely was not a documentary, I still got incredibly hooked and looked forward to every season the next three years. 2010 was to be the fourth and final season, and T was cast in one of the lead roles for that season. First episode of season 4 airs, and T’s face basically starts the whole season. I remember looking at him thinking, “Whoa. He’s handsome!” He caught my attention right away (and no, it wasn’t because of all his love scenes). I would tweet every Sunday night that I was about to settle in and watch The Tudors. I never tweeted at him – I didn’t even follow him on Twitter – but he did a search for who was watching The Tudors and he saw my tweet pop up (yes, basically in a way he stalked me. But not in a creepy way!). One night, I randomly got a follow from him (ironically it was the night his character had a BIG downfall – I won’t spill for those who have not watched but let’s just say the evidence now sits on our living room shelf). Thinking it was a mistake, I checked to see if it was the real T following me on Twitter. It was. I was very confused! It took me two weeks to follow him back. Shortly after I returned the follow, I received a sweet message from him basically saying hello and that he was not a creeper. We then would tweet comments back and forth once in a while here and there for a couple of months.

Shortly after our first “Twitter chat”, I ended up moving west to California. I lived with my father in Northern California for a while to get some father-daughter time before I officially moved on my own to Los Angeles. By this time, T and I had been occasionally tweeting. One night, we started chatting a bit more via direct message and the next day he suggested the next time we were both in LA we should meet up. A few weeks later, we were both scheduled to be in LA. We arranged to meet on the first night I arrived. Guys, I cannot remember the last time I was that nervous. Competing at Miss Universe was a BREEZE compared to the nerves I felt before meeting T for the first time. The butterflies were in full force. I will never forget the first time I saw him and I will never forget how hot and red my cheeks felt as I smiled. Our first “date” was so good, we hung out until 2 in the morning at a cafe just chatting and sharing a sweet dessert. In fact, the first “date” was really so good that we saw each other every single day for the next 8 days that I was in LA. And the rest is history.

Five years and two cats later, we are still the same silly and lovey couple we have been since the beginning. He was there when I won Miss California USA and Miss USA, and he and his family flew down to Brazil to watch me compete at Miss Universe. I have been there from the moment he got his first audition for ReignΒ and two years later I am still his biggest cheerleader. I still get butterflies when I see him, whether it be when he comes home from set or I return home after a trip away. That dorky smile still makes me weak at the knees, and I would do anything, literally anything, just to hear his laugh. When I was a little girl I would dream about being in love with someone, as most little girls do, and this is exactly what I had envisioned only reality so far has exceeded those dreams. I am so happy I found someone who makes my heart feel full and pure. Happy Valentine’s Day to my wonderful man, and Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovebirds out there. Treat every day like it’s Valentine’s Day!

Alyssa Campanella Torrance CoombsPhoto by Travis Stanton

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  1. Afaf

    This is so sweet! The fact that it all started with a completely normal tweet about watching a TV show and developed into a -years-long relationship is so lovely and all those swoony words there are out there. Happy Valentine’s day to both of you. (By the way, I am a huge fan of Torrence on Reign!!!!!!!) πŸ˜€

  2. Ana

    Such a sweet story, Alyssa. You two are beautiful people and make a beautiful couple! Happy Valentine’s day πŸ™‚

  3. Liza

    What a sweet story! My husband and I met online first as well! Our 10th wedding anniversary in 3 days. πŸ™‚

  4. Mikayla oelschlegel

    That is absolutely adorable! I have always loved y’all together! Definitely my OTP(;
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  5. Almarita

    Alyssa,
    A beautiful story, well told. The meeting of two very nice people, is always special. Wishing you many wonderful years together…I enjoy your blog in general, thank you. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  6. Ana

    So beautiful. The story is really unconventional lol but now you live your onw fairytale. I’m in a relationship about 3 years and I know how you feel, is so good when we found someone who we can share our dreams and life

  7. Tara

    Thanks for sharing Alyssa, your story is incredibly cute, sweet, and romantic. Its incredible that you have found someone so special to share your life with. You guys are the most adorable couple. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. Bethany

    Alyssa this is so adorable! Thank you for sharing. This put me in the Valentine spirit! (and now I can’t wait to fall in love) I wish many more happy years for you guys. Happy V Day!

  9. Daria

    You must be so happy, that T was so brave to follow you on twitter πŸ˜‰
    happy V’s day from Latvia)

  10. Mariana

    Hey Alyssa! I loved the story of how you two met. I’m from Brazil and I would love a post written about your trip to my country with some pictures, could you consider that? Kisses and much much love all the way from Brazil.

  11. Cristine

    Awww this is so sweet! Thank you for sharing your story with us! I loved reading it! Thank you for opening that personal side today with us and sparking that little hope some of us have inside for finding real love like you and Torrance have πŸ™‚ may you have many many more happy days to come and I wish you the most blessed Valentine’s Day!

  12. Ida

    That is the most adorable thing I’ve heard in a long, long time! You guys are so precious together – just the kind of relationship I hope to find eventually. πŸ™‚

    Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

  13. Brittany Viklund

    This is so beautiful Alyssa. It makes my heart so full to hear how happy you two are, and how giddy T makes you.

  14. Caitlyn VS

    You are an amazing person and you two clearly deserve each other! You are such a cute couple! I started reading your blog (jumpersandjasmine) and decided to tell some friends. They went online, came to this site and fell in love with your talent for writing. I just wanted to say congratulations to you and Torrance on finding love together. I wish I could meet you both.. A girl can dream.. Can’t they?

    Love and laughter,
    Caitlyn <3

  15. Debbie Shands

    This is such a wonderful story. This is proof true love does exist. Thank you for sharing it with us;)

  16. anam mahmood

    Omg I absolutely loved reading this post, you guys are super adorable and your story is so cute! A love story for the modern age! I’m a big fan of Torrance from Reign and have been following your blog for a while and use it as inspiration for my own blog, keep up the amazing work πŸ˜€

  17. Erika

    What an amazing story

  18. Yomaira

    Beautiful! Me encantΓ³… Deseo que sean muy felices.

  19. Garima Baveja

    the story is superbbb lovable i hop you get love a lot ahead

  20. Hope

    So sweet! Thanks for sharing such a personal part of your story. It’s reassuring to know one can be a pretty, accomplished, confident woman and STILL get nervous because of a boy!! 😊

  21. Kelsey

    Cutest story ever πŸ’—

  22. Jillian Maclean

    πŸ’•What a lovely read. Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you love & happiness everyday of your lives.
    You make a beautiful couple.

    Life can be hectic but you have something unique,..acceptance!
    May the sun shine on your beautiful hearts always. πŸ’•

  23. Janice

    This is too sweet. The both of you are now my favourite celebrity couple. Wishing the both of you all the blessings in the world. πŸ™‚