Our First Date

I've rambled on about our upcoming wedding enough, I thought it might be beneficial to let you know a little bit about what lead up to the big day..

It all started with a friend request. Good old Facebook. Darren added me about 5 years prior to actually chatting. He was in a long term relationship and we never chatted or communicated. We lived near each other and had a few mutual friends but nothing ever sparked between us until one night, I was scrolling through Facebook and I updated one of those ''can't sleep'' status'.

I noticed Darren was awake too, he had been out with his friends. He was single by this point and had been for several months. We swapped a few messages then fell asleep. This was in the October. Over the next few months we continued to chat as friends. I loved chatting with him, we had a right laugh. He even started to take his phone to work with him during the day (something he had never done before) just so we could keep in contact. I thought that was cute.

It was January 2014 and I was celebrating my 21st birthday with some friends. I was chatting away to Darren and he asked if he could take me out for my birthday. I was gobsmacked. I never thought anything would ever come of it and the thought of meeting someone I didn't really know just filled me with dread! But something told me to say yes!

I somehow plucked up the courage and wee met on 11th January 2014 in a bar in town. I was 3 hours late due to nerves and Darren turned up drunk! He had been sitting in a bar with his friends waiting for me. Apparently the lager he consumed was to pass the time! He told me he bought me flowers but left them in the bar.. we both know there were no flowers!

I remember feeling so nervous but so giddy. I felt like a teenager all over again. It was so exciting.

Everything was going great, we were having a few drinks and getting to know each other then I turned to the side and spotted my best friend with her face pressed against the glass of the window where we were sitting. She was steaming drunk, spotted me and of course had to come and make her presence known! I was mortified so I rushed up out of my seat, ran outside and politely asked her to go away! LOL. We still laugh about this now. Darren calls her the crazy friend.

Our date continued with no further interruptions. Thankfully.

Darren was the least romantic person (and still is). I remember him saying the tattoo on my foot looked like a slug (it's a vine of flowers and I'll admit it's a bit of a mistake but come on.. first date?!) and then he pointed out a lovely big spot I had on my chin! LOL. We often joke now and say that was my queue to run.

We had a few more drinks and Darren walked me to the taxi rank, before getting in a taxi he asked if we could go back out the following week. Of course I said yes! I had a lovely evening and went home with a smile on my face.

When I got home we continued to chat and plan the next date. I knew then something special was brewing. When people say they have a ''feeling'', I definitely had that.

Darren lived at home with his parents and I had my own place about 20 minutes away from him. We had a few more dates out and then I invited him over to mine. He used to come everyday after work and then sleep over on the weekends. Things were going great between us.

We officially moved in together not long after and Darren popped the question in May 2015! We set a date and I can honestly say I've never looked back.

My family love him and he's the best uncle to my twin nephews and niece. He's the most loyal, understanding and caring man I have ever come across and as corny as it sounds, I can't wait to be his wife.

I never believed in love at first sight but I just knew there was something special between us. I had prayed and hoped to meet someone like him and I count my blessings every single day.

I have Facebook to thank! Without Facebook, I may not have ever met Darren. I know people can be a bit judgemental about online dating but I think it's becoming much more acceptable. The amount of dating sites nowadays is mass! Even down to specific locations like Somerset dating,Norwich dating and even rural area's like the Shetlands then you have Shetlands dating so it doesn't really matter you are, love is for everyone! So it seems.

Everyone deserves to experience true love and happiness at some point in their life. I think it's true what they say, we have to kiss a lot of frogs... you're never too old to find love or to let love find you, even if you're over 50 and live in smalls towns like Fife, you can check out over 50's dating Fife or for those further south there's over 50's dating Devon so never give up!

I've often read stories in magazines about couples who meet on the likes of POF (Plenty Of Fish) and end up getting married and having kids. I honestly don't think it matters about how you meet your loved ones, I'm just grateful that I was able to.

I'd love to know your thoughts on first dates and meeting people from dating sites/Facebook etc. Are you a yay or nay to online dating?

This is a sponsored post however all words and opinions are my own.

45 comments

  1. Aw he might not be your typical romantic- I can't believe that he said that about your tattoo lol- but the main thing is he turned out to be the one for you. What a beautiful love story you both share. I agree that there is nothing wrong with online dating x

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    1. We still laugh about it now and he's still the least romantic person I know but I suppose that's one of the things I love about him, his honest, even if I did have to stroke my ego lol x

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  2. I too am working on a post just like this and it was great to see your take on online dating sites! two of my best friends found love online!

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    1. Oh I'm looking forward to reading yours! The internet can be a wonderful place! We rely on it so much nowadays.

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  3. Haha this made me laugh, your tattoo looked like a slug sounds like something my husband would say! On our first date he told me I had the wing span of a condor. Hardly romantic! I love a good first date story!

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    1. Lol! They want to think themselves lucky we stuck around, how do we handle all of their charm? lol. Men eh!

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  4. That was just the perfect Birthday gift for that he asked you to take you out on the date! Best of luck for your wedding life!

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    1. I totally agree! I'd never usually say yes but it's the best yes I've ever said!

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  5. Don't you just love the giddy feeling you get after a date, especially when you go home from a first date. Best of luck :)

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    1. It's such a weird feeling isn't it! The kind where people look at you funny because you're smiling and giggling to yourself!

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  6. I love that nervous giggly feeling you get when you meet someone you like. I love how boys tease you to show they like you. It is so childish but very cute too! Sounds like a lovely first date.

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    1. I agree, it's all fun and games in the beginning. The hard part is keeping hold of those exciting feelings and making them last a lifetime

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  7. I love your story, its so sweet. Isn't is crazy how things can just happen like that.

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    1. Some things are just meant to be I guess. Love has funny ways of occurring

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    1. Thank you Tonya. We had a lovely time together and he sure made an impression on me

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  9. I just love reading stories of how two people met and fell in love. Too cute about his goofy boy moments and not being much of a romantic. Some guys are, but feel super awkward showing it. No matter .. he's the perfect one for you! x

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    1. His humour was one of the things I loved first. We were so comfortable around each other and I think that's always a good start x

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  10. Oh this is such a sweet story! I think it's totally alright to meet someone through the internet although I didn't meet my partner like that, but certainly stalked him through Facebook :P

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    1. Oh good old Facebook! I'd probably still be single without it ha ha

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  11. Oh that was funny! Well my hubby is not a real romantic nowadays but he does spoil me sometimes :) All the best for your wedding!

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    1. The most romance I get is a cheap bunch of flowers from the supermarket! lol but like he says, it's the thought that counts

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  12. This is so cute! He might not be your typical romantic but he's your atypical romantic ^.^

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    1. He's definitely not the typical romantic but I knew that from the start, I guess I don't mind. He's romantic in his own way

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  13. That is such a lovely story which I so enjoyed reading. I don't think it matters at all if you use online dating platforms just so long as you are careful like always. The main thing is you can meet some wonderful people, and in your case, the love of your life. Sincere best wishes to you for a long and happy life together.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely worlds! The internet can be such a wonderful thing at times and like you say, always be safe

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  14. Oh lovely post. That's so sweet. In this world, we wouldn't know who is destined for us. Congrats on your wedding.

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    1. But when you know.. you know. Thank you very much! Another 13 months to go! Exciting

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  15. This is such a cute story. I know that I have met people all kinds of ways. But I have never met someone directly off of Facebook yet. That's very cool.

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    1. Never say never David, life plays some funny tricks and anything is possible!

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  16. So many people are meeting people online nowadays - don't think there's anything wrong with it - I think it's lovely!

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    1. I agree! People need to realise it's 2017 and it's quite the norm nowadays!

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  17. I do meet my wife on Facebook for the first time but not through online dating . You had a great dating stories , love to read all your content

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    1. The power of Facebook! I'm the same, I've never used online dating sites but it's good to know they're there as not everyone likes Facebook etc. Thank you!

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  18. I am all for online dating as long as it is done carefully. Loved reading about your first date.

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    1. Safety should always come first. I totally agree. Thank you!

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  19. ahhh what a lovely story - good luck to you both xx

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  20. Love stories like this.Sounds fun.

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  21. Super adorable story. I guess you just know when the person you're seeing is the one. You don't know what urges you to say yes and yet you find yourself doing so. Loved reading this post!

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  22. Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing, I definitely enjoyed reading. Nothing wrong with online dating, especially in this day and age. Congrats on your upcoming wedding btw!

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  23. It just shows there is someone for everyone and what's meant to be will find a way

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  24. What a beautiful story! I love hearing how couples first met because each story is unique to them. I've read many of your recent posts about getting ready for your wedding so it was nice to learn more about your personal story.

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  25. Oh my lord, your first date sounds like a funny night! Good old facebook, it's been the making of a lifeling couple!

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