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Married Couple Goes Viral for Wholesome Ritual After Wife Captures It on Video (Exclusive)

A woman on TikTok shared an adorable clip of her husband's tradition on his commute home

<p>Holly Burt</p> Holly Burt and Emre Okay

Holly Burt

Holly Burt and Emre Okay

After a long day of work, this dedicated husband doesn’t wait until he’s home to start brightening up his wife’s night.

On Feb. 24, London-based TikToker Holly Burt shared a short video that showed her waiting by her window for her husband, Emre Okay, to pass by on a double-decker London bus — so that he could greet her as he came home from work.

“Every night my husband comes home from work, he calls me from the bus and wants me to wave at him from our living room,” Burt wrote on top of the clip of her husband waving as the bus passed by their home heading down a busy street. She set the sweet clip to none other than ABBA’s “Waterloo.”

“I married a golden retriever,” she jokingly wrote in the caption of the post.

<p>Elsie Goodman</p> Emre Okay and Holly Burt

Elsie Goodman

Emre Okay and Holly Burt

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For the uninitiated, a “golden retriever boyfriend” refers to “a significant other that is easygoing and makes it fairly simple to maintain a happy and fulfilling relationship” — at least according to Urban Dictionary. The trendy term took off on TikTok in 2023, with couples discovering new ways that they can consider their partners “golden retrievers.”

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Burt tells PEOPLE that she and Okay — who started dating in 2016 — both work in tech, but she works from home while his office is a bus ride away. Since his route back home takes him by their apartment, he always phones Burt when he’s nearly home and ready to wave.

“We live in a really cool corner unit with all windows, so either I'm in the kitchen watching the bus come by or I'm in the living room,” she says.

The clip of the lovable couple quickly gained traction on the video-sharing app. The video currently has over 20 million views, as well as 2.7 million likes and thousands of comments — many coming from TikTok users who were smitten by the pair’s sweet relationship.

“The greenest of flags,” one commenter wrote.

“You need to record as many as you can and make a montage,” another TikTok user recommended to Burt. “Imagine watching that when you’re both 80!”

<p>Holly Burt</p> Holly Burt and Emre Okay

Holly Burt

Holly Burt and Emre Okay

Burt tells PEOPLE that her husband is exactly as charming as the video suggests.

She adds that Okay — who is originally from Turkey — is currently traveling in Germany and doesn’t use TikTok, so he’s not fully aware of the video’s widespread popularity online.

“He's calling me every three hours or so like, ‘What's the number up to?’ ” she says. “I think it's funny because I've been in the limelight before, and Emre is not on social media [and] doesn't really understand what's going on.”

<p>Holly Burt</p> Holly Burt and Emre Okay

Holly Burt

Holly Burt and Emre Okay

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Burt’s experience in the limelight started well before she gained notoriety on platforms like TikTok and Instagram, where she has thousands of followers. In fact, her unusual bout with fame also helped launch her relationship with Okay.

They met on the dating app Bumble while they were both living in New York City. Okay was fresh out of Harvard Business School and working on Wall Street, while Burt was working as a waitress and making her way through art school.

“And during that time, I had the record for the longest legs in America,” she claims. (The current Guinness World Record is held by Texan Maci Currin.)

<p>Holly Burt</p> Holly Burt and Emre Okay

Holly Burt

Holly Burt and Emre Okay

Standing at 6-ft., 5-in., Burt and her 49-and-½ inch legs nabbed a spot in the TLC documentary Tallest Teens (even though she 21 at the time). Though she was only set to film for three weeks, Burt says that the project’s producers “wanted a romance aspect to the show.”

After only two dates with Okay, who is only two inches shorter than Burt, she looked to him for a possible solution.

<p>Holly Burt</p> Holly Burt and Emre Okay

Holly Burt

Holly Burt and Emre Okay

“I asked Emre…if he would just come on national TV and act like my boyfriend. He was just like, ‘Of course, no problem.’ ” she recalls to PEOPLE. “That was our third date, and we just kicked it off from there.”

Since then, her romance with Okay never stopped growing. They eventually left New York to travel around Europe and finally settled down in London, where they can express their love every night with waves between windows.

“That is his personality," she adds. "He has so much energy."

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