Jen and Aaron
Why did you join eHarmony?
Jen: Honestly, I was just out of a bad relationship, I was living out of home and I was just curious to see who was around. I had no intention of entering a relationship. I was after a good chat with some good people! Then I found Aaron.
Aaron: I'd had a bad break-up from a previous relationship and decided I needed to find someone I could bond with.
Were you in a relationship before joining eHarmony or had you been single for a while?
Jen: I had a complicated relationship for 3 months with an army guy but it didn’t count as a relationship. Aaron is my first relationship in my mind.
Aaron: It had been a few months prior, so nothing other than a few dates before eHarmony.
When did you first start communicating with your partner?
Jen: I had been on eHarmony for literally a day, and I kept being drawn to his photo. I clicked on it, even though his photo was of him taking a shirtless selfie in his bathroom mirror and I initially thought he was an egotistical guy. Our eH mail was always long, and highly amusing! We exchanged numbers very early and the texts were plentiful. I woke up to one every morning, and we exchanged at least a hundred per day!
Aaron: Pretty much straight away - we both wizzed through the basic questionnaire and started talking until late the first night. This was essentially the norm for the rest of the time until we met in person. Wake-up - message - work (still message) - eat - message - message - sleep (a few more messages first)!
Tell us about your first date
Jen: I was acting in street theatre show in Sydney and I invited Aaron to come see it. I was a very loud, out there character and I was dressed like a dorky tourist. He turned up dressed in a suit looking schmick. We met afterwards and went for dinner in The Rocks, and strolled around the Harbour. We talked all night and it was the perfect date. We didn’t kiss. He sent me a text at about 1am when I got home which read ''My mouth and my head weren't working together and I so badly wanted to kiss you all night.”
Aaron: Jen invited me to a street theatre show she was in. It was Mafia themed, so definitely up my alley. I had a blast, and we hung out all night afterwards. I was so relieved that talking to her in person was just as easy as it had been online and via text.
When did you realise this was something special?
Jen: We spent 10 out of the next 13 days together. I drove to his, he drove to mine. I took him parasailing as a surprise on our third date. On the drive home, we spoke about our previous relationships and how we think relationships should work. We were on the same page with so many things. We had so much in common, we made eachother laugh and it felt like we'd been best friends for years, even though we'd known eachother a few days. After parasailing, at about 8pm, we stopped off at this lookout and shared a kiss. Our first one was terrible, so we count that as our first kiss! I knew it was something special when I couldnt stop thinking and smiling about him.
Aaron: I knew before we met in person that there was something special about her. I'd never been so comfortable talking with somebody as much as I had with Jen. There were never any stilted conversations or awkward moments. She never played any petty dating games - it was nice to talk with someone who genuinely wanted to talk back.
What makes you two compatible?
Jen: Our senses of humour are identical, although ridiculous. We make eachother laugh, we share the same goals, dreams, and we suppport eachother. We've both been through tough times but at the end of the day he's the one that makes me feel better.
Aaron: She makes me laugh - I make her laugh. She's always trying to get me to do more - I'm always trying to get her to relax more. Even in our differences, we work well together as a couple and balance each other out, even in areas where we might differ.
What does the future hold for you two?
Jen: We've been to Europe and we've had quite a few holidays. We love travelling so there's plenty of that to still be done. In the future, we're aiming to build our own house, get married (HINT HINT) and possibly start a family.
Aaron: Life. I see myself living an adventure with her and growing old together.
Is there any other significant time in your relationship you’d like to include?
Jen: We booked a holiday to the snow 3 weeks into dating for 4 months away. That still blows my mind.
Aaron: I'll never forget Jen's reaction when I took her to a Meerkat encounter (her favourite animal of all time) for our 1 year anniversary.
What’s your favourite thing to do with your partner?
Jen: I love going to zoo's together. We're a zoo couple.
Aaron: Anything that gets a reaction out of her. I love surprising her and getting tears of happiness and shouts of glee. She has the best reactions to surprises!