Sue and John
Sue: “I joined eHarmony because I thought that a site that concentrated on finding out more about its members and trying to match them on proven criteria might be more successful than the previous site I had used. Although I was working in a people oriented industry, I found it difficult to meet suitable people, and thought that internet dating was probably the only way I would meet someone.
Once John and I had made contact on eHarmony and got past the initial contact phase; we kept in touch by weekly telephone calls and daily emails. After a while, we decided that we would have to meet. I went to Atlanta in December 2010 and spent about 10 days with John. We explored Atlanta, I saw my first NBA basketball game, and we shopped, dined and generally just got to know each other. Towards the end of the trip John told me that he didn't want me to go back to Australia without him making a commitment to me, and wanted me to think about getting engaged. It was fairly unexpected but it was very sincere and showed that John was serious about our relationship and so I said yes! Instead of driving home, we went off to buy an engagement ring and John proposed over a lovely seafood meal that evening.
John made a trip to Sydney in February of 2011 and spent a month or so seeing how I lived; having already started my Visa process from his end. From that time on, we emailed and phoned each other until the day arrived that I would leave Sydney and travel to Atlanta to be with him.
It was challenging having a long distance relationship with John, but where there is a will there is a way. It took approximately nine months to go through the visa process for me to move to the US and I arranged our whole wedding which would be on California's Central Coast totally through email and phone calls from Sydney, so it just goes to show that virtually anything can be done via the internet!
John and I are now living in the US in Bakersfield, California. John worked here for many years and had a house here, so it made sense to utilize the house. I have returned to Australia once so far, and hopefully will return there later this year, as both of my grownup children still live there.”