Jessica just wanted to learn English.
The 18-year-old lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and met her fiancé, Kenny, 23, who lives in Belgium, on a language-learning website called SharedTalk. What began as a desire to speak a new language turned into a love story that spanned two countries, multiple languages and 9,000 kilometers.
Jessica and Kenny's blog "Love 9000km Away" details their relationship, which began in October 2011. They met after Kenny found her on the site and they began talking. Their relationship quickly blossomed to where they were "sleeping with the webcam on" and talking for "12 hours straight."
And on September 16, Kenny proposed to Jessica. But there's just one catch: the couple has never met in person.
Kenny will fly to Brazil to meet Jessica for the first time on October 31. Will their relationship last? It's certainly possible.
Jessica and Kenny aren't the first engaged couple to have met online but never in person. One couple met through playing the video game Halo online and kept their relationship going for five years before meeting face-to-face for the first time in March.
Technology has helped many couples connect in the digital age, and now there are even smartphone apps to help them stay connected. Click through the slideshow below to see six apps for long distance love.
Watch the video above to see Kenny's proposal to Jessica.
Lazy long distance lovers rejoice: Pair has a pre-written message to send when you're short on time. Or just skip the words and send a sketch. Be sure to try the "thumb kiss" (trust me). (Free on iOS and Android.)
Think Pair for Type A couples. Avocado tracks your birthdays and anniversaries and lets lovers create a joint to-do list. Love is no excuse for being lazy. ($1.99 on iOS and Android.)
You've got to see each other eventually, right? Book tickets, track cheap flights, and see when it's spendiest to travel. Bonus: Track your mate's flight so you two don't miss a minute. (Free oniOS and Android.)
Make the most of your time together with this beginner's guide to the Kama Sutra, featuring positions creepily illustrated by mini mannequins. (Free on iOS; $1.55 on Android.)
Ensure your cross-continental love affair is a little less sadistic (and spendy) with an app that makes international texts, sexting, video and photo messages as cheap as email. There's no excuse for not replying. ($0.99 on iOS; Free on Android.)
So desperate for relationship advice you'd poll strangers for their opinions? Now you can. Post your love queries on BreakkUp and a community of non-experts will do their best to help. (Free on iOS.) ￼