Gabriela & Renzo, Married 10/2010

I joined POF "for fun". I was 39 and had been unable to find the man of my dreams. Being in business and traveling the world, I was looking for that "MBA type" that would match my lifestyle. Renzo contacted me on POF and I was impressed by his proper use of grammar and his sarcastic sense of humor. An academic with a PhD in Art History, Renzo didn't seem to be "my type". Yet we corresponded for about a month, and then decided to meet. Why would I do that? There was a deeper connection between us. He is Italian, and that is also where my family comes from. We both came to the US as exchange students and worked our way from there. With similar background and history, we did not have to "match" on the career or lifestyle. We enrich each other's life by virtue of our differences, yet we have this familiarity about basic things that makes every moment together so easy and enjoyable! After dating for 8 months, Renzo proposed on New Year's day 2010 and in October of that year we got married in Italy. In our short time together, we have been blessed with happy moments and also some obstacles in the way. In both scenarios, our relationship has proven strong. The moral of the story is: once I let go of expectations, love manifested itself in ways more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. And it all started on POF :)