JDate is responsible for more Jewish marriages than all other dating sites combined! But we’ve got more than just statistics to back it up. In our “Success Stories” feature, you’ll meet real couples who found love online.

How did you meet? What was your first date like? Give us all the details!
Marc initiated contact by sending Amanda a message asking if she liked Mexican food and dessert places. Amanda, who liked both, replied and the two quickly moved from messages to phone calls to setting up their first date.

On their first date, the two met at Alice’s Tea Cup for brunch in NYC. It was an unseasonably warm day for February, so the two took a stroll through Central Park. Then, they went to Sprinkles Cupcakes and split their special Valentine’s Day treat (a tradition that continues yearly to this day). They left the date with a first kiss and plans to see each other the following weekend.

Marc first sent me a message: “Do you like Mexican food and dessert places?” We sent a few short messages over a couple of days. Marc then asked if I would be comfortable giving him my phone number, and I did. We were unable to meet up during the coming weekend (I am a consultant and have a pretty hectic travel schedule for work), so we spoke for about two weeks until our first date.

Leading up to the first date, I felt excited. Marc and I spoke a few times on the phone over a two-week period before we could meet up, and I could tell we had a lot in common and were hitting it off. I had been on a lot of first dates before, so I knew not to get my hopes up too much before meeting him in person, but I thought this could lead to something special.

Describe the moment you knew it was true love!
I knew this was different the day after our first date. After our third date, I recall walking down the street and I started to think about Marc. I thought to myself that he was likely going to be my boyfriend, and then I quickly realized that he would be much more than that and ultimately would be my husband. I never even remotely had that feeling before and was very selective when getting into a relationship, so I knew he was the one. I was historically slow to jump into relationships and had not had a boyfriend in years, so for me this was not a typical feeling and I knew I found something different and I was ready to build something with him.

Marc said “I love you” first, and I said it immediately afterwards. We had just spent the night going to a nice dinner in NYC and seeing a Broadway show afterwards; when we were back at my apartment, he told me. It was something we both felt and it was a huge relief to know we were on the same page.

I always wondered how I would know when I met the right person. I’d meet guys and think there was potential, but there was always a level of doubt involved. With Marc, I just knew he was the one right from the start, and I never had any hesitation in that.  I thought it was cliché when people say “when you know, you know,” but with my experience that was 100% true.  All the other ones are wrong until you meet the one that is right.

What advice would you give other JDaters?

Keep going. I was on and off JDate for a few years until I found Marc. Marc had been out of a two-year relationship for about eight months before we met, and he had been on the site for about two months. It is a numbers game, so the more effort you put in to going on dates, the more likely you are to meet the one for you.

Did you find love online? Submit your story to share how you met your soulmate on JDate.

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