JDate is responsible for more Jewish marriages than all other dating sites combined! But we’ve got more than just statistics to back it up. In our “Success Stories” feature, you’ll meet real couples who found love online.

elyse-and-zach-03How did you meet? What was your first date like? Give us all the details!
This JDate love story begins with Elyse’s aunt nagging her about dating someone Jewish, and Zach searching for the love of his life.

They both wound up on JDate. The rest, as they say, was kismet.

Elyse, living in St. Louis and four days into her JDate membership, had a hidden profile and was “just looking.” While aimlessly scrolling through profiles, she stumbled upon Zach in Memphis. She looked, was intrigued, but didn’t contact him. Memphis wasn’t exactly close!

Zach, surprised that (what he calls) a blonde “Jewnicorn” looked at his profile, jumped at the opportunity to start a conversation. He made up an excuse that he “had business in St. Louis” and asked to visit Elyse. After lots of Googling, vetting and Facetiming, Elyse agreed that Zach should spend the weekend in STL.

One cold Saturday morning in February, Zach pulled into her apartment driveway. Elyse casually walked up to him, laid a big kiss on his lips, and said, “Let’s go to brunch!” Once the grits and gravy were served, Elyse and Zach KNEW. During that same first-date brunch, Zach asked Elyse to go to Hawaii with him that coming April. Once they returned from paradise, Elyse submitted her two weeks notice at the St. Louis Rams and moved to Memphis.

Describe the moment you knew it was true love!elyse-and-zach-02
Elyse and Zach’s first time “seeing” each other was on FaceTime. After four hours of non-stop talk, smiles and laughs … they knew. Elyse even shut her computer and said out loud (to no one!), “I’m going to marry that guy!”

What advice would you give other JDaters?
If you’re thinking about joining, do it. Don’t be afraid to look outside of your normal circles. As it was in our case, there is a good chance you grew up with most of the people that live in a 15-mile radius of you! We joke that we had to cross state lines to find each other.

Did you find love online? Submit your story to share how you met your soulmate on JDate.

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