Fiona & Chris
When did you join eHarmony?
Chris: June 2012
Fiona: February 2012
Why did you join eHarmony?
Chris: I was lonely and aching for company
Fiona: I wanted to start dating again and some of my girlfriends encouraged me to try online dating. Thought I would give eHarmony a go and ended up meeting Chris two weeks after I joined. I had in fact signed up for a year! We both made the effort to complete the online profile and I believe that is why we have been such a good match.
Were you in a relationship before joining eHarmony or had you been single for a while?
Chris: I lost my wife of 15 years to cancer about a year prior.
Fiona: I had been married previously for 23 years to someone who was nearly fifteen years older than me. Before signing up to eHarmony I had been on a date with someone that had picked me up in the Apple Store at Castle Hill, he was a lot younger than me. We went out a couple of times but we really had nothing in common and it certainly made me start thinking about what I wanted out of a relationship and the kind of person I wanted to meet.
Do you have any children from a previous relationship?
Fiona:Yes, four. Two boys and two girls but they don’t live with us.
About your relationship
When did you go on your first date? What did you do?
Chris: We first met at a cafe for coffee at 10am, ended up having lunch, and then was tossed out because they were closing at 4pm. Our first date was for dinner a few nights later at the Port Bar in Parramatta on Valentine’s Day. I had booked the table to take my previous match to but it didn’t work out. So Fiona was the lucky gal.
Fiona: Our first date was on Saturday 9th February 2012. We met at Parramatta Park Café at 9.30am. It was a beautiful sunny day. We were only supposed to have coffee but we hit it off straight away and ended up staying for lunch. Next thing we knew it was 3.30pm and they were kicking us out as they actually shut at 3pm. Chris kissed me twice as we walked back to our cars. He took me by surprise the first time. I thought it was rather brave of him for a first date with someone you hadn’t met before. He told me after that seeing I as didn’t flinch the first time, he kissed me again. The following day I was doing the Colour Run and he sent me a text at 7.30am wishing me luck. I didn’t respond, thought I would make him wait a few hours and play hard to get. I was also a little wary because Chris had lost his wife to cancer and was still in mourning. I knew that it could potentially be something that could be difficult for me to handle emotionally, knowing that he would always love Catherine, but we have worked through it and the highs and lows have certainly been worth it.
When did you realise this was something special?
Chris: The moment I first saw her – at least she looked like her photo! But definitely after that first dining. I had never been a Valentine’s Day fanatic, but with the heightened sense of romance in the air, we didn’t stand a chance.
Fiona: On our second date,which was on Thursday 14th February, Valentine’s Day. He turned up in his red sports car and wearing a purple shirt. Purple is my favourite colour. He looked very smart and handsome, I just melted when I saw him as I really appreciated the effort he had gone to. I took his hand after we got out of his car to walk to the restaurant. He said he thought that it was a cute thing to do. It was a very romantic evening followed by a stroll along Parramatta River afterwards.
What makes you two compatible?
Chris: Our honesty. Neither of us sugar coat. We say it as it is.
Fiona: We have great respect for each other. We are good communicators. We are both very affectionate. We often remark that we act like a couple of teenagers. We both enjoy the same things, going to the theatre, walking, eating out, movies, travelling, keeping fit and healthy. We cook together. We share the household chores. Neither of us look or act our age.That said we can be serious but life is too short to not make an effort to enjoy it.
What does the future hold for you two?
Chris: Marriage is on the near horizon.
Is there any other significant time in your relationship you’d like to include?
Chris: We recently spent two magical weeks in Paris, London, Cambridge and Singapore. We had the best time. Not one argument or upset.
Fiona: The first time I met his family. He has three brothers. As Chris had lost his wife to cancer and his family weren't used to seeing him with someone else it could have been very awkward but they were all so welcoming. He has a lovely family. Chris's eldest brother, everytime he sees us together either says "I can't believe you met online" or "you are so good together"!
About your partner
What’s your favourite thing about your partner?
Chris: Her bubbly nature
Fiona: I love the way he snuggles into my hair and makes this purring noise. It makes me giggle.
What’s your partner’s best quality?
Chris: Her desire to eat well and be healthy
Fiona: He has a beautiful soul, he makes me feel safe.
What’s your favourite thing to do with your partner?
Chris: We often go to live theatre. We both appreciate fine dining too.
Fiona: Enjoy life.
What’s the thing you miss the most about your partner when they’re not around?
Chris: Everything. Her smile, her laughter, her cuddles, her smell.
Fiona: Everything, when Chris isn't around I feel like half of me is missing.