Congratulations to Karmi and Dan, who were married in January 2000 in California.
How it Began
Karmi was surfing the web one day and came to iVillage. Visiting the Relationships Channel, she noticed Match.com in the Personals section and decided to check it out. "Dan had something in his profile that caught my attention right away--his photo was with his dog, Arthur," she recalls. "I love animals! Arthur is this great big lovable mutt!"
Karmi and Dan covered a lot in their first emails: family background (his family emmigrated from Ireland, hers from Portugal), where they grew up (he was from Los Angeles, she grew up on Maui), college, work and friends. "Our emails were very long each time, and we exchanged phone numbers within three or four days of meeting online," Karmi remembers. "Something about Dan really held my interest and I knew I wanted to pursue this much further." As it turns out, they both canceled their Match.com subscriptions within three weeks of meeting each other.
Because the couple lived about 50 miles apart, they decided to meet halfway in Davis, California. "We met at a quaint little bistro for dinner, which lasted nearly three hours. Then we went for a walk around the little town," Karmi recalls. "Dan was very easy to be with, not nervous or quiet. There was a mutual attraction right away."
The couple's second date was a daylong hike in Napa Valley, followed by dinner cooked by Dan. Karmi says it was a long day, but they never ran out of things to talk about and truly enjoyed each other's company. "And he's a good cook!" she says. "From that point on, he drove up to Sacramento during the week -- he lives in Vallejo -- and we spent entire weekends together." They bonded quickly, and soon they both knew they did not want to see anyone else. A turning point came after about three weeks, when Dan gave Karmi an Irish Claddagh ring. "It symbolizes a couple's love, loyalty and friendship to each other," Karmi says. The two used the Claddagh symbol on their wedding invitations.
As Karmi points out, the couple shares common values with regard to family, raising children and work ethic. Coincidentally, both Karmi and Dan have traveled to Europe to find their family roots. The shared interests don't stop there -- both Karmi and Daniel are homeowners who love to spend time working on their houses. And each has an outgoing personality; they love to spend time with friends and family. Both want to keep romance in the relationship. "We still email each other little 'good morning' messages," explains Karmi. "We enjoy doing things for each other -- making dinner, giving each other little surprises. And we both own pets and will be merging a household!"
When it came to making a commitment, Karmi says, "I think we both knew very early on that we would spend the rest of our lives together. There is a great line from the movie, When Harry Met Sally that we both really related to: Billy Crystal says to Meg Ryan, 'When you know you've met the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you kind of want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible!' This really said it all for us. We talked about marriage a lot, but Dan did surprise me with the engagement ring over dinner one night. Even though I thought our families would think we were nuts -- because we had only known each other for two months -- I knew this was definitely the right thing to do!"
Karmi and Dan were married on January 29, 2000. The ceremony was held at the church in Sacramento where Karmi's parents were married 44 years ago. The couple hopes to buy a new home in the quaint little town of Benicia, the East Bay area of San Francisco, and "will work toward making this happen," says Karmi. "We plan to start a family right away and would like at least two kids."
This article originally appeared on Match.com.