A former KC student made it to the “Good Morning America” stage and a nationwide audience Monday.
Elizabeth Wisdom’s Instagram romance and engagement to Denis Lafargue caught the attention of news outlets from Buzzfeed to television’s “Today” show.
A year ago Lagargue – then a stranger to Wisdom – left a comment on the KC photography graduates Instagram post.
Wisdom had posted several pictures of Crater Lake in Oregon where she was on vacation with her family when Lafargue left a four-word comment that would spark their relationship.
“I miss this place!” Lafargue said.
That comment paved the way to more comments being posted to the point where Wisdom looked forward to notifications of Lafargue’s comments.
After more comments and chatting, the two exchanged phone numbers and decided they wanted to meet in person.
Wisdom drove seven hours from her home in Mineola to New Orleans to meet with Lafargue, who named her his “Instalady.”
The two dated for nine months before Lafargue proposed to Wisdom in a romantic setting in her grandmother’s barn.
Wisdom and Lafargue’s story began when Instagram found their story and contacted the pair by phone.
“After we told her the story, she said she could see this being on GMA or the Today Show,” Wisdom said. “We laughed it off and didn’t really think anything of it at the time.”
The Instagram contact called the couple later and informed them she was pitching the story to several different networks.
Wisdom said she and Lafargue were not expecting anything to actually happen.
Buzzfeed was the first to break the story, donning it “a modern love story” on their website and before they knew it, their story was on several other sites such as Today.com and Yahoo!.
Shortly after, the couple were receiving a flood of comments on Instagram, Facebook messages and emails from people who read about their story.
“Almost any show you can think of contacted us in some way,” Wisdom said. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Rachel Ray Show are two examples.”
When the couple agreed to appear on Good Morning America, no other interviews were possible because GMA said they could not talk to other networks until after it aired.
“They were all competing to get us on their shows,” Wisdom said.
Appearing on national television was quite different for the couple than having an article on the Internet written about them.
Wisdom said GMA had all the right information rather than some of the Internet articles, because they sat down with them the day before, filmed clips for the introductory video and asked a lot of questions.
“It was very surreal, getting the opportunity to tell our story on national television,” Wisdom said. “I love GMA and to be able to sit with the anchors and have that experience was probably a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.”
The couple had coffee in the GMA green room with people they recognized and got their hair and makeup done with the British boy band The Wanted.
“It was definitely all a whirlwind, especially Monday morning when we were live on the show,” Wisdom said. “The best part for us was getting to share our faith with the country. That was most important to us before GMA happened, and we knew we wanted to make that known every opportunity we get to share our story.”
Since the story broke national news, both Wisdom and Lafargue’s followers on Instagram has increased and they both receive new comments from people who saw or read about their story.
“I try to read as many as I can. They all have been extremely positive, which I was surprised about because the comments from people on Buzzfeed and other articles were very negative,” Wisdom said.
Through all of the sudden exposure Wisdom is trying to enjoy every moment as it happens. She has not had time yet to think about the millions of people that know about her relationship with Lafargue.
“We got comments from people in France, Germany, Australia and literally everywhere else in the world saying they heard about us somehow,” Wisdom said. “I haven’t fully comprehended that yet.”