Having had my fair share of online dating disasters over the years, I’ve come to believe that cyberspace isn’t for all singles.
I’ve become fond of saying that online dating is like gambling — there are the few that hit the jackpot and then there’s everyone else. And yet sometimes, all it takes is the lucky few to make you believe otherwise.
Over the last week, two friends of mine have gotten engaged to men they connected with online.
Galpal Julie met her fiance Brian on OkCupid last summer. In addition to being crazy about her, Brian pays close attention to the little things — as I learned when Julie shared how he proposed.
Knowing Julie is a Food Network fan, Brian surprised her with reservations at a favorite celebrity chef’s restaurant. The maitre’d came out and extended the chef’s apologies for not being on property that night to welcome them (Brian had called ahead), offering them complimentary dessert and drinks.
After a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset, Brian honored Julie’s wishes to keep their special moment private, proposing to her in a heartfelt speech at home.
An intimate setting also provided the backdrop for Cleveland galpal Jen’s engagement.
Jen was one of the fabulous single gals I connected with during my US Dating Blitz last year. A few months later, she emailed me to say she’d met someone on Match.
“Matthew is absolutely fantastic and everything that I didn’t really think existed.”
The other night, Jen came home from work to find Matthew in the driveway with a handful of roses.
“He told me how much he loved me and how he wished he could give me flowers every day that he knew me. I still had no idea anything was up.”
All of that changed when they went inside the entire house was covered in roses — 362 for each day they’ve known each other. Brian wrapped his arms around her and popped the question.
Both Jen and Julie had zero expectations of online dating, yet they both managed to find their ideal mate. Best of all, each of them were already living full, happy lives and fully comfortable in their own skin before meeting Mr. Right. Throw in a little help from Cupid and you can’t find a better recipe for happily ever after than that.