Mel and Aaron
Mel: “I joined eHarmony at the start of 2010, when my Grandmother gifted me some money and told me that was the only thing I was to spend it on. She had seen eHarmony advertised on Foxtel and she informed me that I was doing such a poor job on my own at finding a husband, that she would pay for me to find one online! I had been single then for about six months. I didn’t sign up for a few weeks after that as I wasn’t convinced about it, but in the middle of January I was working on my thesis and was trying to do some serious procrastinating, and filling in my eHarmony profile and using Grandma’s money seemed like a good way to avoid my work! Aaron on the other hand had been in Sydney for a few months having moved up from Melbourne, and working in IT and playing a lot of sport he wasn’t meeting many girls, and having also seen eHarmony advertised and working on computers he thought this would be a great outlet for him to meet people – not necessarily to fall in love. He had been single since ending a serious relationship about eight months prior.
Aaron was one of the first matches I was sent. Aaron was in the first stages of communication with a few people, as was I. Not only was I starting my thesis but had also started a new job and was moving house all in the same week. We had exchanged quite a few emails over a two week period, and then I was moving and wouldn’t have internet access so he had sent me his phone number. I moved house on the Saturday, and texted him that afternoon to see if he wanted to have lunch on the Sunday so that I could escape the myriad of boxes. As it was nice weather he suggested I meet him near his place in Coogee and we would walk to the beach from there. I didn’t really know what to expect – but was pleasantly surprised when a very tall, very slim young man wearing a very groovy hat turned up with a big smile – he looked quite different to his photo! Aaron tells me he was nervous, as I was the first person he had met up with from the site. He also says the first thing he thought was that I wasn’t dressed up – being in the process of moving house – and the picture I had on the site was me at a cocktail party!
He suggested we go down to the beach, and we just picked a restaurant while we were down there which was Moo Burger. I barely managed to eat any of my burger, as I was quite nervous and we were talking so much! From there we went for a walk and ended up sitting in the park on the cliff overlooking the beach. It was really nice. I had to leave shortly thereafter as there was still unpack to do, and also had to do some more work on my thesis – and while walking me back to my car he held my hand. It was lovely! Sparks were flying.
That very evening Aaron texted me telling me he had had a great time, and asked what I was doing in two days time for the Australia Day public holiday – and would I like to go on a trip to Ikea with him, as he needed a few things, and he thought with me having just moved I might need some things. He offered to drive, and that we should go early and have some breakfast. I was meeting some friends for a picnic to watch the boat race, and Aaron ended up coming to that as well, and then we had dinner. Our second date lasted for 14 hours, and I think we both realised we were onto something pretty special. My friends told me we were very cute holding hands, and he was very attentive getting me drinks and we were already eating things off each other’s plates. We have been inseparable since. His lease was up on his apartment five months later so he moved in, and we will be married three years after our first date!”