As most modern love stories, this story also begins thanks to an online dating app. Nicole, who grew up in Tulare, moved to Southern California in 2013 to continue her education. Jonathan was born and raised in East Los Angeles and was completing his teaching credential at Cal State Los Angeles at the time. Nicole went on to pursue her Masters also at CSULA, but just missed attending during the same time as Jonathan. A couple years after this missed opportunity, they were able to connect online at last. As fate would have it, the couple discovered that they shared a common friend: Tanya Borba. Tanya is a longtime friend of the groom and cousin to the bride. Having a friend in common made it easier to trust in each other, and once Tanya verified each background, the first date was underway. Since then, Nicole & Jonathan have been inseparable.