Internet dating real life stories

It seemed like another way to meet people, like going to a bar." In her first three months, she met one man who seemed, by his profile, to be ideal: artistic, smart, with a career that dovetailed with Keren's (she's an interior designer), and with similar likes and dislikes. Within a couple of months, they were traveling to Atlanta to meet Peter's family.

In October 2006, they headed to City Hall to get married for the first time—repeating the nuptials in May 2007, "with a rabbi and all our family and friends." Still in Brooklyn, the couple has a 2-year-old daughter.

Time was, if you met your mate online, you developed a cover story: If anyone asked, you'd say you met in a bar or at kayaking lessons. Whether it's the fact that many of us already conduct so much of our personal and business lives online, or the proliferation of online dating sites touting their successful matches, it's perfectly acceptable to say, with pride, that you met the love of your life with your fingers on a keyboard, not wrapped around a cocktail at a singles event.

Here, five women who found their mate (or were found) online, and went from email to walking down the aisle: Anna & Sam Abma, Wycoff, New Jersey A divorced mother, Anna, 46, looked into the future and saw a time when her kids wouldn't need her around quite as much—and she'd end up alone.

"I was like, 'I don't have time to play games.'" Mark was right there with her through the worst of it.

"I met Mark in December 2007, we moved in together in February 2008, and my father died that March," she says. Lesson learned: "Be open to the fact that you'll meet people online whom you may not have given a second glance if you saw in a bar," says Crissy.

'" says Tonya, who had been married before (and has a 12-year-old daughter).

"By the time we actually met, I felt like I knew him pretty well already—he was so expressive in his messages." Then they met—on a first date that lasted nine hours.Tonya & Frank Ferrari, Lake Stephens, Washington Tonya, 34, was a classic online-dating skeptic, but when her parents pleaded with her to try—and offered to pay for six months on e Harmony.com, she relented—though she bargained it down to three months."I thought, 'What the heck, it's not like I'm going to meet the love of my life!And enjoy the fact that you can explore each other's personalities online before meeting in the flesh.Rebecca Braverman & Ryan Olson, Los Angeles Rebecca, now 34, had left New York City for her hometown of Kansas City, Kansas, in her late 20s.

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