DANIELLE Gross knew a traditional marriage and life wasn’t for her, so when she saw that Gunnar Michels was looking to marry a stranger from TikTok, she jumped right on it.
Now, they’re both married at 25 years old and have created an adventurous life together traveling across America in a renovated ambulance.
So, how does one come up with the idea to find their forever love on TikTok?
For Gunnar, it was inspired by his affinity for seeking thrill.
“A couple months before I put the initial video out looking for a wife, I made a video where I got a tattoo with a random girl I matched with off a dating app,” he told The Sun.
“This sparked the desire to get out of my comfort zone in an even bigger way.
“Later that month I decided to marry a stranger.”
Danielle was one of about 1,000 strangers who submitted a video in hopes of winning Gunnar's heart.
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After Gunnar asked Danielle to meet over FaceTime, he knew she was the one.
“She was very interesting and easygoing,” he recalled.
“Also she shared a lot of interests [with] me.”
As for Danielle, she knew the unorthodox love story would work perfectly for her.
“I’ve always said the only way I wanted to get married in some stupid Vegas way so I just knew,” she shared.
In January, Gunnar left his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to propose to Danielle.
It was a complete surprise for Danielle, who described getting engaged at the same time she met her fiancé – as “overwhelming and exciting.”
BUILDING THE FOUNDATIONS OF LOVE
Of course, the relationship involves more than just Danielle and Gunnar, as they have friends and families that also needed to adjust to the newly engaged couple in their lives.
Directly after getting engaged, the couple had an intimate dinner celebration with two of their friends.
Danielle’s parents, though, were naturally slightly more hesitant about the rushed romance.
“My mom was pretty concerned.
“One of her first questions was: ‘What if he’s just trying to take all your money?’” Danielle recalled.
“And my dad came upstairs with a shotgun when I said [Gunnar] was coming to their house the very first day we met,” she added.
“But he put it away before Gunnar actually got there.”
It seems that the meeting went well, as just weeks later on Valentine’s Day, Danielle and Gunnar road-tripped to Las Vegas together to make their union official.
LIFE AND LOVE ON THE ROAD
Danielle and Gunnar live a life that many dream about.
They live in a renovated ambulance that Danielle had before meeting Gunnar and travel the United States together while documenting their exciting adventures.
It’s a lifestyle that Danielle already lived and Gunnar was interested in before meeting Danielle, so it brought the two together seamlessly.
Their first journey in the ambulance as a couple was the road trip from Pennsylvania to Nevada to get hitched, and after that, they traveled to the West Coast and spent some time in San Diego and Los Angeles before heading to the Pacific Northwest.
“Our favorite destinations have got to be anywhere warm,” Danielle noted, adding that they love San Diego, Oregon, and Montana..
“We do ultimately want to get back to San Diego at some point though; the vibes are immaculate.”
The newlyweds hope to broaden their travel horizons with their newest means of transport: a 20-something-foot-long school bus Gunnar won in an auction in Massachusetts.
They spent the end of 2021 bouncing back and forth between each of their parents’ homes as they worked on the renovation, which they plan to have complete by mid-January 2022.
“We’ll be traveling in both vehicles for an indefinite time and documenting it all on our YouTube and TikTok channels,” Danielle confirmed.
And if anyone else is interested in that life, Danielle said it’s not too hard on the wallet.
“This is honestly one of the cheapest lifestyles out there,” she explained.
“The biggest cost is diesel of course … that and food.
“Other than that it’s all up to your comfort levels and priorities.”
In terms of the future, they hope to use the money they make from creating content to build a stationary tiny home on a lake “somewhere.”
FINDING THEIR PATH
“But our main goals are solely travel-based right now,” Danielle noted.
People say that love teaches you a lot, so what about love and life on the road?
For Danielle and Gunnar, their unique track has simply led them closer to the path they want to be on in life.
“I think the main thing we continue to learn is just what we want out of our lives,” Danielle said.
“It’s very interesting to be with a partner who neither of us would’ve considered a match to the other, and I think that really brings out a lot of open-mindedness.”
For those who want to follow these lovers’ adventures on the road, they post weekly on their YouTube channel aptly titled Danielle and Gunnar.
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