A Love as Old as AOL Instant Messenger


Ms. Stoss, 30, now works as a registered nurse and a manager of care coordination at Sutter Health, a health care company in San Francisco. Mr. Lent, also 30, is an account manager at Collective Health, a San Francisco-based health care technology company.

In August 2018, Mr. Lent planned a proposal that began with a picnic at Kirby Cove, a spot within the Marin Headlands where the Golden Gate Bridge is in view. The couple were watching Ms. Stoss’s mother’s dog and, when they arrived, a “no dogs allowed” sign threw Mr. Lent off. They ended up eating the sandwiches on the side of the road. Later that day, Mr. Lent proposed at Baker Beach, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

They planned to marry in October 2020, six months after moving into a bigger house and adopting a German shepherd named Hogan, but postponed because of the coronavirus. On Oct. 2, the couple were wed in front of 67 fully vaccinated guests at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Calif. Lauren Snead, a celebrant ordained by the Universal Life Church, officiated.

As part of the ceremony, Ms. Snead had the couple put letters they wrote to each other the night before the wedding in a box with a bottle of wine, to be opened in five years’ time. They are to repeat the ritual every five years.

“Zach will always be my cheerleader and puts me on a pedestal, even though I don’t think I’m supposed to be up there,” Ms. Stoss said.

“We developed such a strong bond at such a young age,” Mr. Lent said. “It’s another level of powerful than just love.”


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