Covid might have wrecked most people’s love lives – but meet a couple who confessed their love within hours of their first Zoom date, have only spent four days apart since – and are now tying the knot eight months after they met.
Nyasha Pitt, 43 and Dwain Daley, 37 arranged an online first date on July 14, 2020, a few weeks after they matched on Bumble – and fell instantly in love, to their own amazement.
Within two weeks, Dwain moved his belongings into Nyasha’s home and in December he proposed while they were in bed.
Their whirlwind romance will culminate in marriage on March 29, the first day they can wed after lockdown.
The romantic pair, both marketing consultants, believe the universe brought them together.
Nyasha, from Coventry, said: “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.
“We don’t expect everyone to get it – it came as a huge surprise to us as well.”
She added: “But I asked the universe for Dwain, and then it was like ‘here you go’. We’re meant to be together.”
Nyasha, who got divorced from her partner of 11 years in 2008, decided she wanted to find ‘the one’ – so tried out dating app Bumble during the first lockdown in 2020.
She matched with three men, including Dwain, who had previously been engaged but not married, had been single for three months and has two children, a daughter aged 13 and a son aged 8.
On Bumble, the woman has to then start the conversation and Nyasha got talking to all three potential dates.
She said: “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.
“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 July 13 they called each other at 11pm, hitting it off so well that they stayed up chatting until 1am.
Nyasha recalled: “We talked about our spirituality and I found out his astrological signs, and it turns out two of the three of ours matched.
“The next day we were texting all morning and then we did a two hour Zoom call later that day at 7pm.”
“We had this crazy energy and such a strong connection that I knew I needed to meet him.”
As the first lockdown had eased, Nyasha instantly decided to form a social bubble with Dwain, driving 21 miles from Coventry to his house in Birmingham that same day, July 14.
She said: “I never believed in all this ‘love at first sight’ stuff before, but it felt like I had known him my whole life.
“I felt so safe around him – I’d never normally contemplate going into a strange man’s house but here I was.”
Having stayed the night, the whirlwind romance became a category 5 hurricane when the pair confessed their love for each other the next evening.
Nyasha said: “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.
“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’.”
After a week or so of the pair visiting each other, spending four days apart in total, Dwain arrived at Nyasha’s with two computers, two monitors and a holdall full of clothes and the pair have been inseparable since, splitting their time between their homes.
Two weeks into their relationship, they hit their next milestone – introducing Nyasha to Dwain’s two children.
And when on a cold December night, tucked up together in bed, Dwain casually suggested they get married, Nyasha was only too happy to say yes.
She said: “I was kind of expecting it, because he was telling me he was going to marry me from day one.
“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, he met Nyasha’s father in High Wycombe and, while keeping socially-distanced, asked his permission for his daughter’s hand in marriage.
Nyasha said: “Dad was over the moon for us, bless him.
“Generally, our families are happy we’re happy. It’s nice to have nice news, especially with the world as it currently is.”
She added: “I’ve had a few relatives say it’s a bit quick and ask if I know what I’m doing – but I’m 43, not 23, so there’s an acceptance that I can make my own decisions.”
Dwain has now officially moved out of his house in Birmingham and in with Nyasha and her four cats.
Despite previously being allergic to cats, making his throat close up and leaving him with itchy eyes, he has had no symptoms when he is around Nyasha’s felines – which the couple believe could be another sign from the universe.
The pair 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 spiritual 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.
Nyasha said: “I got exactly what I asked for from the universe. 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.”
She continued: “When people meet us for the first time, they’ll often say we’re essentially the same person – and I can’t wait to share my future with him.”
Dwain said: “I’ve never thought I was the marriage type, but then Nyasha came along.
“When I saw her profile, I immediately thought ‘I’m going to marry you’.”