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.
Cayce & Nathan
How did you meet? What was your first date like? Give us all the details!
We started talking through JDate. I had been using the free version of JDate, but wasn’t finding the right fit. When I decided to pay for just one month (which, at the time was a big investment for me!), Nathan found me! I don’t know if the two were related, but in my mind, paying for JDate meant I was serious about finding the right partner! At first, I was very skeptical of Nathan; he seemed to not be my type – clean cut, from the South and also younger than me! Being a former pianist, I decided to suggest that our first date be a classical piano concert at the city’s art museum. The event was free and featured a Russian-born Israeli pianist, Yoni Levyatov, that played contemporary classical music. The concert was the concluding event to commemorate the march on Washington to free Soviet Jews on December 2nd. I figured if this guy was serious, he would show up! He was really into the idea, which convinced me to give him a shot. I also later found out that he was in the Coast Guard, which is why his appearance was so clean cut! The night before our date, I went out with my girlfriends and stayed out way too late. I was pretty nervous about meeting him the next day, so my tendency is to preoccupy my nerves with activities. I was so tired the next day that I almost canceled. I would have bailed had it not been for a close friend, who said, “Oh, give him a shot. What do you have to lose?”
Our first date almost didn’t happen due to a large Winter Fest and poor parking going on that day. Nathan called me to see if we could meet for coffee instead, but I suggested we just follow through with our plans. I don’t know why I was so insistent! We met in the lobby and I instantly felt relieved; he was NORMAL! (I had some less-than-normal experiences with dating those past two years.) I thought he was very attractive and was very excited to see where the date would go! We took our seats and as the concert began, we noticed we were the youngest people in the crowd! We sat behind two very talkative elderly people that decided that apples would be a great choice for a snack during a classical piano concert. These people drove me crazy; however, Nathan was stone focused and didn’t let the distractions get to him, which I greatly admired. We talked more during the intermission and discovered that we were both incredibly tired. Coincidentally, we were out at the same club the night before! I even recall seeing him, but wasn’t sure at the time if it was him or not. Anyway, after the concert, we walked around for a while and I appreciated his ability to open up right away with me. He even told me a story about his mother that she probably wouldn’t want me to know! He was a pure gentleman, walked me to my car and said something about being pescatarian. All in all, I wanted to see him again and had a wonderful time!
Describe the moment you knew it was true love!
Cayce: When he came to one of my performances and gently kissed me on the head after the performance. Also, I was very attracted to him when we first met. I feel like every day (3.5 years later), I find moments that remind me we have true love! We have similar views on religion and politics, get along seamlessly and he is wonderful with my parents when I don’t have the energy to be! I am more in love with him each day, moment by moment, and can’t wait to marry him!
Nathan: I knew I loved her when I pretended to draw a heart on her back that spelled out “I heart (love) you.” However, there was no single moment when I knew it was true love. Each day showed me more and more that she was who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with!
What advice would you give other JDaters?
Be completely honest with yourself when making your profile. Otherwise, you are in danger of hurting yourself and the other person. Be yourself, and don’t be afraid to let people know who you are. If you are planning to spend the rest of your life with a person, they need to see who you really are! Also, pay for JDate! It shows that you are serious about finding a match. Trust the process – you may have to kiss a bunch of frogs before finding your prince or princess!
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