Matt and Lavinia
Matt: “I joined eHarmony because I found that I had limited time for the regular dating scene and a general disinterest in going to the usual meeting places of pubs and clubs. eHarmony offered me the chance to be matched with someone on a deeper level based on many other factors other than just looks, so I signed up.
When I was matched with Lavinia we went through the usual icebreakers and questions until we got to the email stage, all on the same day! We immediately ‘clicked’ and over the course of the next couples of days the emails passed back and forth and became longer and more in depth. By the time we first spoke on the phone four days later, we were already quite smitten with each other at least on an intellectual and heartfelt level. That first nervous phone conversation however was the icing on the cake so to speak, so we made plans to meet. Daily photos, texts, emails and phone conversations followed as we continued to get to know each other, but we knew, despite the distance between us geographically, there was something far too special about our blossoming friendship to ignore.
Plans to meet were set in stone and I decided to travel first to see Lavinia. I booked a flight for two weeks later. During those two weeks we were constantly in communication with each other and everything seemed way too good to be true. The day arrived and I flew down to Melbourne full of nerves but so excited at the same time. Upon arrival I went to collect my baggage. Although I was still in arrivals I could see Lavinia on the other side of the see through fence partition. That’s where we first laid eyes on each other and we immediately held hands through the mesh wire. It was so beautiful and I think we were just both in instant awe of each other. As I left arrivals we embraced and headed off for our first six days together.
For the next six days we rarely left each other’s sides. We spent our time walking hand in hand, talking about ourselves and each other, dining and a fair bit of driving around the countryside. It really wasn’t very long before we both declared our love for each other and felt a deep mutual respect for each other too. I also had the opportunity to meet Lavinia’s son. He’s a joy to be around.
Our biggest difference and hurdle is the geographic distance between us, but we are determined now and committed to bringing our lives together one way or the other. We’ve set ourselves a goal of being together permanently by Christmas 2012. Otherwise, we’ll both continue to travel back and forth until we can merge our two lives together.”