Courtney and I were matched on July 16, 2008 and went through the guided communication process in one week prior to exchanging personal contact information.
We met for our first date a month later on August 16, 2008 at a winery in Southern California. The setting was perfect with outdoor seating, live jazz, a moon rising, soothing cool weather and a wedding reception in the background. We hit it off immediately, and before we knew it they were closing up shop.
Courtney returned a week later for our second date and found out that she had an interview for a job in San Diego which she ultimately accepted. She moved to San Diego on November 1st. We met each other’s family over Thanksgiving, and I proposed to her on Christmas Day!
Courtney was a perfect match for me, and I didn’t find her until I was ready to give up. I signed up for eHarmony at the urging of an ex-girlfriend from college who met her husband on eHarmony and was sharing pictures of her newborn.
I was tentative and skeptical after previous unsuccessful attempts at online dating (including eHarmony), but can honestly say that you get out of it what you put in and you definitely have to be patient and flexible.
My original search criteria was limited to a 100 mile radius of San Diego because I didn’t want to do a long distance relationship. I went on a few dates with the original criteria that were good matches (which gave me hope), but there was no chemistry.
I had a 3-month membership and opened up my search criteria to anywhere in the world for the last month prior to canceling my membership. It was then that I met Courtney who is now my fiancée, and the rest, as they say, is history. Thanks, eHarmony, for helping me meet “the one!”