The Serendipity of Instagram ‘Likes’

by Dara Klatt

After ‘meeting’ in Instagram, a CBS News correspondent and his bride design a picture perfect wedding.


May 18, 2019 | Round Hill Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica

In a frenetic news cycle pace, CBS News national correspondent and anchor Errol Barnette paused. New “likes” on his Instagram feed from @arianashordy caught his eye. When he direct messaged the online stranger to say hello, at that exact moment, she separately messaged him. Call it coincidence, or destiny, the two saw it as a sign.

A week later, Barnett and Ariana Tolbert met for the first of many dates, “and it was electric,” they agreed. By week three, Tolbert had met Barnett’s mother and the couple set off on a road trip to Panama City, Fla. That was that. Four years later, they married at the Round Hill Resort on Jamaica’s Montego Bay and now reside in a historic townhouse in the District’s Columbia Heights neighborhood.

Tolbert, a Deloitte Federal consultant, wore a lace gown from Pronovias Atelier and tied photo charms of her deceased grandparents to her flower bouquet. Barnett wore a blue suit with paisley lining from Suit Supply Georgetown with accessories from Tie Bar. During the outdoor ceremony, a lone crane flew in and watched from the waters beyond the altar. That only added to the Instagram allure of the celebration.

“I fell so hard for Ariana because almost immediately she started checking all the boxes of the person I’ve always wanted to marry: gorgeous, intelligent, adventurous and kind. In addition, she has helped me grow into the kind of man I want to be—without defining myself through my career,” Barnett said.

As a newlywed, on Instagram @Errolbarnett still posts behind-the-scenes and on-camera shots from CBS news segments as well as his personal outdoor adventures. But now, the “likes” light up on posts with @arianashordy and their shih-poo puppy Rémy. The hashtag he includes seems fitting: “#Luckyman.”

DETAILS: Bride’s Attire: Pronovias Atelier (day of) and Free People (day after).
Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply Georgetown; Accessories: Tie Bar; Photographer:
Victoria Heer Photography; Flowers: Tai Flora

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