Sometimes the course of true love runs super-smooth. The couple meet, fall in love and seem destined to live happily ever after. But even the most meant-to-be relationships face their share of hurdles along the way. Smaller obstacles (he works late hours, she's allergic to his dogs) are not only inevitable but can actually help teach couples about communication. But what happens when larger issues come into play: distance, family goals and race? Find out how these three couples overcame their own obstacles -- and how you can make your relationship work, too.
- Emily and Ryan: A Long-Distance Love Affair
- Amy and Chris: Living Childfree by Choice
- Oniece and Paul: Overcoming Interracial Hurdles
A Long-Distance Love Affair
This deeply-in-love pair met two years ago when each was on vacation with friends in Las Vegas. It's a traditional love-at-first-sight story, and both were instantly infatuated. So what's the fly in this love potion? She lives in New York City and he lives in Vancouver, B.C.
"When I left Vegas I thought what I'd had with Ryan would just be a fling, even though we'd exchanged phone numbers and addresses," said Emily, iVillage's diet and fitness producer. "But I had no regrets."
Back at work, she was shocked to receive a huge offering of flowers, with a card that read "Thinking of you." Then he was shocked when she called to thank him for the lavish gift.
Soon Ryan, an environmental toxicologist, paid his first visit to New York. Emily reciprocated. Now they try to see each other every six weeks to two months. "In the beginning Ryan and I had frequent four-hour phone conversations and of course emailed all the time," Emily said. "It was like we had to fill each other in on everything that had happened the first 25 years of our lives. Now, as with any regular relationship, we talk on the phone a lot, but for far less time. It's more like updates."