Australian designer Karina Irby celebrates 7th birthday with partner after seeing him on Tinder. had met
An Australian couple who met on Tinder when neither of them was looking for a relationship just celebrated their seventh anniversary as they prepare to say “I do.”
Swimwear designer Karina Irby, 31, matched up with her partner Ryan Jones, 34, on May 25, 2014, 10 minutes after downloading the app for the first time ever.
Over the next seven years, the pair became business partners, together manage Karina’s Moana Bikini brand, got engaged and brought two adorable dogs with them to their luxurious Gold Coast home.
She could never have guessed it then, but Karina was home alone at 10pm on a Sunday night watching Sex and the City when she decided to take the plunge and see what online dating was all about.
Minutes later, she “matched” with Ryan who quickly broke the ice with a simple, “Hello, how are you?”
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Swimwear designer Karina Irby (right) matched up with her partner Ryan Jones (left) on May 25, 2014, 10 minutes after downloading Tinder for the first time ever
Then and now: Neither Karina nor Ryan (left, in 2014 and right, in 2020) were looking for love when they swiped right on Tinder
“We started texting and we talked so much that we didn’t have time to chat with anyone else. I really ruined her Tinder experience!’ Ryan told Daily Mail Australia.
After swiping Karina “to the right,” Ryan said they started getting “these massive conversations, pages and pages of texts” that immediately sparked.
“We just had a really good chat,” he added.
Karina, who was single for 10 months at the time, remembers trying to play it cool.
“After we chatted for a while Ryan asked for my cell number and when he texted I replied ‘sorry who is this?’ I had to keep him sharp,” she said.
It was this playful personality that caught Ryan’s attention, more so than Karina’s physical beauty.
“I think there are plenty of people who look great in the apps, of course, but to find that kind of connection with someone is very special,” he said.
Gold Coast swimwear designer (pictured) was single for 10 months before taking the plunge to see what online dating was all about
It was Karina’s playful personality that caught Ryan’s attention, even more than her physical beauty
Ryan finally got down on one knee in 2019 wearing a spectacular emerald green engagement ring (pictured), inlaid in a diamond setting
They met for coffee a week later and spent the day at Karina’s apartment, cooking dinner and chatting late into the night.
“It just felt very natural,” she said.
Five years later, Ryan got down on one knee wearing a spectacular emerald green engagement ring set in a diamond setting.
He said he had the box in his pocket for a week and made two unsuccessful attempts to ask the question before finally asking Karina if he wanted to be his wife.
“We went on a boat and it got stuck in the riverbank, and then we were having a picnic on the beach in front of our house when a Moana fan showed up and kind of ruined the moment,” he recalls.
Karina got her wish for a quieter proposal over a cup of tea on the balcony of their house.
And while dating apps have something or a bad reputation, Karina and Ryan are living proof that they can bring soulmates together.
While dating apps have something or a bad reputation, Karina and Ryan (pictured) are living proof that they can bring soulmates together
The couple (pictured on vacation) say they ‘own’ by having met online
The couple say they “own” each other on Tinder and are more than happy to tell others about their online romance.
‘I feel that the more people talk about’ [meeting on apps], and the more weddings you attend of couples who met that way, the more of a social norm it becomes,” Ryan said.
Karina marked their seventh birthday with a sweet Instagram post as a tribute to her partner.
“THANK YOU TINDER – I’m so obsessed and in love with my husband!” she started.
‘We were destined. Tinder or no Tinder, we found each other.’
The couple (pictured) plan to tie the knot overlooking the ocean at Kirra Hill in Coolangatta, Queensland, in an informal ceremony attended by family and friends
Karina said that while people often wonder how they can live, work and vacation together without arguing, she and Ryan “live perfectly in each other’s pockets.”
“All the challenges that arise are external to our relationship and things we like to tackle together,” she wrote.
“I have had relationships in the past (many moons ago) where my partner was extremely unsupportive and negative towards my company at the time and even I wore my bikinis. uh… uh.’
Karina ended her post by urging women to know their worth and “never settle” for being with someone who doesn’t appreciate that.
‘Find a good man, ladies. NEVER settle for a partner who doesn’t love, support, and adore every inch of you,” she said.
Karina (pictured) is the founder of Moana Bikini, where Ryan now works as an operations manager
The couple was scheduled to marry earlier this year, but postponed the event until April 2022 to avoid the risk of Covid limits for guests.
They plan to tie the knot overlooking the ocean at Kirra Hill in Coolangatta, Queensland, in an informal ceremony attended by family and friends.
‘It will be super relaxed, very few formalities. Really just a big party!’ said Karina.
In the meantime, the couple will be busy with the release of Moana Bikini’s latest swim line, as well as the launch of its sister activewear brand, Moana Smile Club.