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Allison Sadlier
October 25, 2016 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Just because you don’t win The Bachelor doesn’t mean you can’t find love on the popular show. 

Ask Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon, who met at a cocktail party on the Australian edition of the reality dating franchise. Both women were among the 25 contestants who dated Richie Strahan, but they wound up with each other — a story Marx detailed on Instagram Sunday. 

“I met Tiffany in a very strange situation,” Marx began in a post to celebrate Scanlon‘s 30th birthday. “Well… we were kind of dating the same guy. And it was filmed and put on TV.”

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She went on to describe “this instant calibration between souls,” noting that as “friendship ripened into something bolder, trust in a very strange situation was formed.” Now, wrote Marx, “every adventure we have rivals the other — and continues to make plans for itself.” 

Their latest adventure: “I flew this beautiful woman to The Abrolhos islands for her 30th birthday!” shared Marx. “I have to admit that I felt so so proud to be with her, my favourite person, celebrating such a momentous occasion on the water — a mutual love of ours.”

I met Tiffany in a very strange situation. Well… we were kind of dating the same guy. And it was filmed and put on TV 😂. From that first cocktail party, it was like this instant calibration between souls, as if we had known each other once before. Friendship ripened into something bolder, trust in a very strange situation was formed, and now every adventure we have rivals the other- and continues to make plans for itself. Yesterday I flew this beautiful woman to The Abrolhos islands for her 30th birthday! I have to admit that I felt so so proud to be with her, my favourite person, celebrating such a momentous occasion on the water- a mutual love of ours. She is so confident in the ocean and in every adventure, as if every new experience is a winning of the lottery somehow; a chance to grow and learn and develop. To Tiffany, experience wins over the worldly acquisition of 'things' every time- and I think this is why she is so open-minded, so accepting of others, so fun and so at ease with letting winds blow her towards a variety of opportunities. She's helped me to disintegrate many of the ideals I've had that were harmful (about relationships, about career and 'stability') and for that I feel set free. Thank you for always asking questions (detective Tiff), for being curious about people, ideologies and the universe; for loving people with such a wholesome love that I don't know if I would ever be able to emulate. It inspires me. Happy Birthday Tiffany. I love you.

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Scanlon has also shared her excitement on Instagram, explaining that “meeting Megan this year felt like destiny.”

She continued: “The past few months with [Marx] in her hometown of Geraldton have been bliss and today’s adventure was the cherry on top. I know we will have many more adventures for many years to come.”

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See more Instagram posts from Marx and Scanlon — including one from their time on The Bachelor — below.

I always have my backpack and messy hair in tow. And this girl🙄😜😂😍

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