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Pip and Dan

Thornbury, Victoria

Pip: "My previous partner and I were in a serious relationship for a couple of years, and then before I knew it, I found myself 30 and single. I decided that I didn’t want to fall into a spiral of self pity and got quite excited at the prospect that I didn’t know what life had in store for me. I’ve always been a bit of a “planner”, and felt quite liberating and exciting to think who I might end up with in the future. I never considered that I’d end up alone, as it just “wasn’t an option” in my eyes....I think that you need some sort of mantra like this to give you the spirit to soldier on!   

My best friend Laura was my main inspiration to sign up, and she helped me sort out my profile one afternoon after I’d had a really bad date the night before with a match up with a friend of a friend.  I tried to capture the best way to describe “me” in my profile, as I wasn’t there to muck around and give any false advertising.  It was great to have the app on my iphone so I could flick through on the way to or from work, and when I was travelling interstate.  I met up with about 6 or 7 guys, who were all really nice and easy to talk to, but I just didn’t have that “click” that you know is right. I wanted to be honest as much as I could with these guys as I wasn’t there to play any games, or lull them into a false sense of security. I expected the same – and that is exactly what I got in return.

It was about 3 weeks until the end of my 3 month subscription, when I came across Dan’s profile. He looked like a lovely guy, and his profile read that he was grounded and easy going. It was my best friend who actually picked him out when she was flicking through my phone whilst we were on a holiday.  Whilst she was looking through profiles, he had sent an icebreaker. After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, we decided to meet at a local pub on Wednesday evening.  I was coming straight from work, and I was talking to another friend of mine saying how tired I was, and that I couldn’t really be bothered going out on this date.

Dan’s accent was slightly difficult to understand at times, so there may have been a bit of smiling and nodding going on, but added to his charm.  How can you resist an Irish accent! Even though Dan grew up in Ireland, we both had really similar backgrounds and values. We both grew up on a farm, and had similar visions in our future.  Although we could have sat and chatted all evening, we had to call it a night.  

Since that night, we have pretty much been inseparable, and I haven’t stopped smiling since. We kind of knew from very early on, that this was it....which was weird because neither of us were particularly the types to rush into anything. We’re getting married in Feb 2013 on a friend’s farm – relaxed, casual, and loads of fun!"


Dan: "I moved to Australia in August last year, after having lived here back in 06/07 living it up as a backpacker with my two mates.  This time l was coming here older and hopefully wiser to try and settle here for good. Quite a daunting thing to do when you're pushing 30, but l sensed that if l didn't give it a go I would always wonder 'what if?'

So after a month here, doing the usual “out all weekend” that you do when you're single, my sister-in-law suggested internet dating, I had never tried it back home, as I would have had the usual reservations that people had, but I thought I should give it a go!

On only my 2nd date on Eharmony I met Pip, and instantly felt a connection.  The night we met went perfectly, and when I came home from our night out, I came very close to texting my best mate back home that I'd met my wife!!

Since then we've been like 2 peas in a pod. I reckon what really cemented the relationship for me was when we went on our first overseas trip to Canada together.  I figure if you can still be laughing with each other after a 20 hour flight to the other side of the world, then that’s a good sign that it’s going to work!" 

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