OK, let’s get real with each other for a hot second. How many times have you been at the gym, absolutely slaying the cardio game on the elliptical, and you low-key hoped that some sexy dude on the Smith machine would come over and talk to you post-workout? Is it really just me? Come on, I’m sure plenty of other people dream about meeting their future spouse at the gym. Those endorphins do some wild things to the brain, you know? But, at the same time, going so far as to have something like, say, a Planet Fitness wedding? Honestly, I’m not even sure I would take my romantic fantasies far.
But one couple actually did. Newlyweds Joseph Keith III and Stephanie Hughes got married on Sunday, Sept. 3, and took the term #SwoleMates to the next level by having their wedding ceremony at a Planet Fitness gym.
Now, before you go ahead and rail these two for the execution of their special day, you should probably know that this Planet Fitness wasn’t just another ordinary gym for these two lovebirds.
In fact, according to , this Planet Fitness in Cincinnati, Ohio was the location where the couple’s relationship first began.
And, when you think about it that way, it’s kind of sweet, isn’t it?
Plus, generally speaking, when you look at the facts, it’s not all that uncommon for people to fall in love at the gym. According to a recent study, two in three people end up hooking up with a person they approached at the gym, 60 percent of people surveyed have gone on a full-fledged date after the initial flirtation, and one in four instances of hitting on someone mid-sweat-sesh actually blossoms into a real long-term relationship.
Of course, Joe and Stephanie were sort of in the romantic minority here (goals, amirite?). And TBH, the study should probably be updated to include some sort of statistic about legitimately transforming a gym into a wedding venue — because that’s a thing now, guys.
If you want to know how the two met (so, you know, you too can find bae next to the barbells), Joe asked Stephanie if she was done using a piece of equipment, and it was simply love at first lift.
After that, according to the couple’s wedding website, many of their dates were actually held in the gym — which is honestly cute AF. But Joe and Stephanie weren’t going to stop at mediocre dumbbell dates. The dead-lifting duo even said “I love you” for the first time to each other in the Planet Fitness parking lot. Ugh, the fitness feels are real right now.
In July 2016, Joe proposed to Stephanie by putting their newborn daughter in a bib that read,”Will you marry Daddy?” (I’M WEAK, YOU GUYS.)
And, well, the rest is history. Planet Fitness agreed to host their ceremony, and the whole thing was sort of extra, but in the most adorable way imaginable.
The couple and their wedding party posed on cardio machines wearing wedding sneakers, the bride’s bouquet color scheme matched that of the machines themselves, and a Planet Fitness employee even officiated the ceremony.
TBH, the next time I think of my #GymGoals, Joe and Stephanie are totally going to be the first people that come to mind. Congrats to the happy couple!