Phil and Ruth
Phil: “I know I’m old fashioned but I really do believe in love at first sight and with Ruth, it was.
I was very cautious about dating because of my little girl, Rosie, and I knew I didn’t want to introduce her to anyone unless it was definitely serious between us. I joined eHarmony because of all the value they put into their matching system and finding you someone who you are genuinely compatible with in terms of family values and general outlook on things.
I was very excited for my first date with Ruth and I felt like I knew her already from all of our phone conversations. When she arrived at the car park, I was waiting for her and went in to give her a kiss on the cheek to say hello. Instead, Ruth walked straight past me! I like to think it was because she hadn’t seen me and not because she was ignoring me! She walked over to the ticket machine to get her parking ticket and I, doing the typically British thing, pretended that it didn’t happen and went over to her a few moments later to say hello. I have since told her what she did and we laugh about it a lot! It was instantly apparent on that date that we hadn’t something very special but we still waited a while before introducing each other to our daughters.
When the time came, Rosie and I turned up at Ruth’s house and I gave Ruth a big bouquet of flowers and my five year old daughter gave Leanna, Ruth’s 10 year old, a smaller bouquet of flowers. We got in the car and drove to a bird park for a fun day out. It must have taken no more than 20 minutes before they were running around holding hands and by the end of the day Leanna asked us if Rosie could come round for a sleepover. It was like a dream; the day was perfect. Leanna and Rosie are such close friends, they started having sleepovers all the time and Rosie really looks up to Leanne.
We’ve since had two more children together; we have a toddler named Sullivan and baby Pearl. We’re such a close family and I really can’t believe how lucky I am. I have found my soul mate; she has an incredible selflessness about her and is also the funniest person that I know. Our wedding was a fantastic celebration of a day with all of our close friends and family together. She is the absolute love of my life!”