How Fitness Influencer Shaylene Benson 'Found Her Forever' On Bumble
For fitness and lifestyle blogger Shaylene Benson, the old-fashioned way of meeting men — hanging out at bars — wasn't ever going to work. Luckily for the Southern California-bred Pilates and barre instructor, her loved ones stepped in.
Shaylene — whose sister, actress Ashley Benson, has herself recently found love — was spending a weekend in Los Angeles, not far from her Orange County home. Hoping to help set her up, her friends hijacked her phone and downloaded Bumble. They created a profile, added some good photos of the wellness enthusiast, and started swiping.
"My now-fiance was one of the guys they swiped right on and had a conversation with as if it were me," Shaylene wrote in a blog post recounting the tale.
Of all the potential suitors lining up to date Shaylene, Adam stood out right away.
"His messages were genuine and thoughtful," she wrote. "After I felt comfortable, I gave Adam my number and instead of sending me a text, he called me!"
It turned out that Adam was just as adept at planning the duo's first date. He picked up sushi and poke from a local Newport Beach market, selected a delicious red wine, and took Shaylene to a quiet Corona del Mar beach. He'd thought of everything, from candles and a blanket to his Bluetooth speaker.
Since that first date, the two have rarely been apart. This fall, Adam took Shaylene back to that same special spot — with a trick up his sleeve.
"We walked down to the beach and Adam brought me over to a beach blanket that my friends had set up with yellow roses and champagne," Shaylene wrote. "Then, BOOM, he got down on one knee."
Her friends and family, who'd been hiding behind some rocks, popped out and surprised Shaylene.
As she plans her wedding, she has some advice for those seeking a thoughtful, kind partner of their own.
"Don’t give up on love and your dreams to find your soulmate," she wrote. "If you haven’t tried online dating, I highly encourage you to forget all the negativity out there and do it!"
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