Amrita and Jatinder
Amrita: “I wasn't too keen on online dating at first but was encouraged by a colleague to give it a go. To be honest, I never thought I would meet "The One" on eHarmony. I had heard of friends who had found their partner online but always thought these things would never happen to me.
In the “real” world I was finding it hard to meet someone who matched my religious and cultural views. Coming from a Hindu Punjabi background, I wanted to meet someone from a similar background. I didn't think eHarmony, or any other site would have many matches with people from an Indian background but I was surprised that there was a large variety of people, all from varying walks of life.
I joined up in November, initially for one month and at the end of my subscription I didn't renew again. However, going into the New Year, I missed the general interactions so I joined up again for three months. Jatinder sent me a long and quite formal message in January and since then we didn’t stop talking. I was absolutely petrified before our first date as we got on so well in our emails; I was concerned that perhaps in reality we wouldn’t have that spark.
Luckily there was and our relationship has been amazing! In May, Jatinder decided to take me away for a surprise weekend. I thought he would take me to the Peak District because I love hiking, but soon realised that we were headed south, to London. We arrived at the destination - Harry Potter Studios! He knows how much I love Harry Potter and this was such a great surprise; I was so excited! I was running around taking it all in and when we got to the end of Diagon Alley, Jatinder proposed. I realised that the real surprise was the proposal! It was amazing, I was so shocked and of course I said yes, and then rang my parents and my friends straight away to tell them the news!
Before I joined eHarmony I didn't think I would find someone who would match my sense of humour and someone who I would love truly for who they are. I remember filling in the application form and thinking ‘Oh my God, this is so tiresome’ but it actually made me think logically about what I wanted in my future partner and most importantly reflect on myself as an individual. It's very easy to say, ‘I want my partner to be handsome, funny, loyal etc’ but the questions made me think about who I was myself.
All this summer we've been arranging our wedding which is to be held in December. We've been arguing over centre pieces, drinks, table settings and designs on the wedding cake and I wouldn’t want to change a thing. If it hadn't been for eHarmony then I wouldn't be having this experience. The site acted like the "middle man", someone who bought Jatinder and I together.”