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The prize for the most annoying romance in this week's Vows goes to the following couple, who met just as the male half was moving to Los Angeles. It seemed as if things weren't to be, but,

Five months later he had a second chance. Both attended the weeklong Burning Man art festival, which draws more than 30,000 people to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. [He] was sleeping in a geodesic tent, pitched near the site where [she] was staying in an RV with five other people.

You hate them already, right? Wait, it gets better!

It wasn't long before they ran into each other. "There was this immediate visceral feeling that we really liked each other," she said. Together they explored the festival, a mix of counterculture philosophy, art, music and pyrotechnics.

What happened next?

"There's a gigantic man that's three stories tall made of wood, and on Saturday night the man is burned."

Ah, that's where the name comes from! Thanks! Anyway, congratulations to Craig Maldonado and Vanessa Grigoriadis. We can't wait for New York's "Love on the playa" cover story.

Vanessa Grigoriadis and Craig Maldonado [NYT]