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Spectacular First Dates

Dan and Tracey

Doncaster, Yorkshire

Tracey: “We both joined eHarmony because we were of the opinion that a night out on the town which typically involves a few drinks isn't conducive to meeting that special someone. We were both looking to settle down.


We felt nervous and excited on our first date. After going through guided communication, we emailed each other every day so we felt we knew each other quite well by that first date. We both have a love of walking and the countryside and as Dan offered to drive to Halifax I chose Hardcastle Crags, which is near Hebden Bridge. The paths cut through woodland and run past streams with Gibson Mill at the heart of the Crags which is a really nice location. I actually missed the turn off for the Crags. We were talking that much that I drove straight past it! We stopped mid-afternoon for tea and cakes at the Mill. Dan was a true gent, holding my hand to help me negotiate a difficult path and when we had to use the stepping stones to cross the stream to get back to my car so I didn't fall in! We finished our first date with Dan taking me to dinner at a bar/restaurant close to my home.

We had already been to a jeweler to choose a piece of jewellery for me for the engagement, so engagement was something we had discussed before it happened. I knew it would happen but not quite sure when! To celebrate a year of when we first met (communicated on eHarmony) Dan booked us a weekend at a boutique hotel in the Yorkshire Dales. When we arrived and were shown our room, there was a vase of gerberas on the table (daisy's are my favourite flower)! We unpacked and then went for a walk before returning to have dinner at the hotel. We were offered drinks and canapés in a private room before being shown into the dining room where on our table, which had been placed in the centre of the room, I found a vase of golden yellow tea roses (these were my Grandma's favourite flowers, Dan knew how close I was too her and how much I have missed her over the last couple of years so thought the flowers would make her seem like she was there with me in spirit). We enjoyed a fabulous five-course meal, luckily the portions were small! When dinner had finished the owner of the hotel asked the other two couples if they would like to move to another room for coffee, leaving us alone. It was then Dan got out of his seat, stood next to me got down on bended knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes with no hesitation, and yes I did cry, it was all so very emotional! We finished this amazing day by celebrating with a bottle of pink champagne, one that Dan had bought earlier.”


Dan: “I hadn’t been on eHarmony long when Tracey sent an icebreaker saying my profile brought a smile to her face. Well it was a bit cheeky! So it wasn’t long before we were exchanging emails and got to know each other very well. We were emailing for a few months before Tracey suggested we meet up and we did just that. We spent a lovely day together walking at a local beauty spot near Halifax and it started to become obvious that we were spookily on the same wavelength. We seemed to just drop into a natural routine that neither of us has known before and as the saying goes that was the start of a beautiful relationship. We are constantly growing closer together and are so happy I won’t even try to put it into words.”

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