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Online love: from cyber chat room to walking down the aisle

SOULMATES: The Sunshine Coast’s Matt Dicinoski and his American wife, Marylyn, got to know each other on the internet.
SOULMATES: The Sunshine Coast’s Matt Dicinoski and his American wife, Marylyn, got to know each other on the internet. Contributed

A MODERN-day fairytale best describes Matt and Marylyn Dicinoski's intercontinental romance.

The couple met in an unconventional way, through an iPhone game little more than a year ago.

Fast-forward to the present and Matt, from Caloundra, is living with Marylyn on the west coast of the US and the couple is set to tie the knot again, for Marylyn's American family.

The timeline of the couple's romance is short and sweet.

They chatted for a few months online after initially meeting in a cyber chat room, before Marylyn, 40, took the leap and visited Matt, 27, in Australia.

They spent some time relaxing at Twin Waters and by the beach, and then Matt bought a plane ticket to the US in late May 2014. Within a month they were engaged.

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Since tying the knot late last year in Rockhampton, surrounded by Matt's family, they have been splitting time between Australia and the States while Matt's visa is processed.

"There was a lot, and we mean a lot, of talking, given it wasn't a normal relationship and was an international internet love," Matt said.

"It meant lots of late night calls, early morning wake-ups, Skype, Facebook - you name it, we were there.

"It took a lot of planning, booking flights, time off work and managing the financial requirements of course.

"It was interesting though - we had no reason to lie about things and we got to know each other really well by simply communicating, something 'conventional' relationships often lack."

Matt returned to the Sunshine Coast this month as part of his visa requirements but has since gone back to the US.

He said the visa process wasn't all that hard, but it was time-consuming and had so far taken about 10 months.

"In all honesty in the interest of national safety and with the world the way it is at the moment, it has to be," he said.

"We are in a genuine relationship, but we need to be looked into just as much as the next person, but it's worth it - the benefit outweighs the frustrations.

"Immigration in our eyes is a privilege, not a right."

The way Matt and Marylyn met may not be conventional, but the online realm is becoming one of the best ways to meet a soulmate.

"We both feel so lucky," Matt said.

"There is a person out there for everyone - some find them in bars, some at the beach or school.

"We didn't look for it. It found us and we feel very blessed.

"Marylyn lets me be me - I don't need to ever be anything else."

Matt said people in the US were not as laid-back as they were on the Coast.

"America is an interesting place - I do love it here. But in all honesty Queensland is where it's at," he said.

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