Love has gone the distance for a globe-trotting couple, who travelled to the furthest corners of the earth together on the first leg of a personal journey that they hope will last for the rest of their lives.
And the well-worn cliché distance makes the heart grow fonder has certainly rung true for Dustin and Huddersfield-born, Danielle Smith, after even distances of more than 5,000 miles could not even keep them apart.
China, New Zealand and trains across the breadth of Russia are just a few of the landmark moments of the 30-year-olds’ epic love story so far, which have been touchingly captured by photographer Dustin since they met six years ago.
But for now they are calling Kirkburton the place of their first married adventure, at least until they hear the call to travel to more exotic locations.
Texas man, Dustin, who lives with Danielle in Fairfield Rise, said: “It’s fair to say that you could write a book about our story, it’s pretty immense.
“We met in Auckland in New Zealand in 2008 when, by chance, she and her best friend, Becki Wright, walked into the bar I was managing to ask for a job.
“She worked there before she quit two weeks later.
“She didn’t like the type of work and we kept seeing each other so I didn’t take it personally.”
Dustin moved to the south island not long afterwards, where Danielle, nee Sykes, went to visit him before moving back to Skelmanthorpe, before rejoining him in Australia where they began to travel together.
Dustin said: “We became great friends immediately and then suddenly we found ourselves exploring the world together and beginning to fall in love.”
A few months later their time explorations were put on hold, when Danielle had to return home again.
“We were apart quite a few times over the years, sometimes for only one month but up to six at some points.
“It was heart breaking each time we had to say goodbye but it just made our times together even more exciting.
“We visited each other in our homes when we could but the many emails, messages, Skypes, and phone calls weren’t good enough for us and it pushed us to move abroad again to South Korea to teach.
“Then we went on an incredible tour which saw us travel across Russia on the Trans Siberian railway, go to China, Mongolia, and Sweden.
“We have so many amazing memories but I will never forget the time we were taken to a tiny Chinese village where we were able to touch the Great Wall.”
In 2012 Danielle decided to relocate to Edinburgh for one year and then South Korea again, before they travelled to their twelth country together, England.
And it was in Scotland where Dustin finally popped the question, just after her 30th birthday earlier this year.
“I flew over from the US to surprise her and we hiked up to Arthur’s Seat, where we’d been many times before and she said yes and we married in Austin.
“Meeting Danielle and basing my travels off where she was has allowed me to see some of the most beautiful places in the world-being with her has been the biggest adventure I’ve had.”