Even though a rare facial condition prevents them from smiling, this couple is thrilled to be tying the knot.

English born Alex Barker and his soon to be wife Erin Smith from the US, met online and are set to be engaged after just four dates, The Daily Mail reports. While most couples look for common interests and hobbies when choosing a potential partner, Alex and Erin had something else in common that affects less than 1000 people worldwide.

Someone Who Understands

The couple both have a rare condition known as Moebius syndrome, which causes a paralysis of the cranial nerves, preventing sufferers from changing their facial expressions, and met through an online support group for people with the syndrome.

Erin says, “At first, I would never have thought I would fall in love with someone that was born with the same thing I was. But I mean it’s not just the Moebius, we have a lot of other things in common too. It is so nice to meet someone that understands me for me.”

Alex agreed, pointing out that the couple is able to communicate their feelings in other ways. “I can tell when Erin is happy because she always puts her head on one side and goes ‘ooh’…we know each others mannerisms…there is a lot of non-verbal communication that goes on.”

Enjoying Being Together

The couple both experienced severe bullying as children and have struggled to establish relationships in their adult life due to the condition. As a result, they did consult doctors about what the future may hold and have been reassured that any children they may have in the future won’t necessarily have the syndrome.

For now, however, the couple are just enjoying finally being able to be together. Though they chatted online for three years, they only had four dates in person before Alex proposed to Erin on a trip to the Santa Monica pier back in July 2016. While it isn’t known whether they will settle in the US or UK, we think this is a beautiful love story no matter which continent it continues on.

There’s really nothing better than finding someone who understands you and loves you for who you are.

Do you and your partner have something special in common? Tell us in the comments.


  • How sad to not be able to show facial emotion, especially smiling – so pleased they have found each other! Hubby and I are like chalk and cheese, but I guess that’s what makes it work!


  • That would be so strange, going through life always looking angry. They’re lucky to have found someone they’re compatible with


  • Congratulations to them, may they enjoy a long and happy marriage!


  • What a great outcome. It’s fortunate they were born in a time that the internet allowed them to meet even though they live in different countries.


  • Hope they have a happy life together


  • Such a lovely story – real soul mates. Hope they live happily ever after.


  • I think everyone has their soul mate who they are meant to be with – they just have to find them. It must be difficult not being able to show that you are happy, but I am so glad they have each other that they can both understand what the other is going through, and be there for them. I wish them all the happiness in the world!


  • There’s a lid for every pot. This is a great story.


  • All the best to them, I wish them well.


  • Beautiful. Love has no boundaries and I’m glad they found it in each other


  • Interesting. If it’s meant to be its meant to be I guess. Even after talking to someone online for that long I wouldn’t be comfortable marrying them, to me you can edit what’s written online to give someone the impression you want them to have of you. In person interactions are much more authentic.


  • We complement one another what one lacks the other lifts them up…I’m so lucky, we have never shouted at each other, don’t get me wrong we have had arguments but always still been able to speak


  • how lovely that they have found each other.


  • That’s so wonderful for them both. I wish them years of love and happiness


  • It’s great that they found many things in common, my hubby and I have stacks of things in common too


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