Mum Who Got Engaged To Lockdown BF After A Month Says Online Dating Helped Her Find ‘The One’
Hannah Harvey, 28, felt an instant connection with Gregg Wright, 40, when they met on dating site Badoo, but the pair were unable to meet due to Covid-19 measures.
After months of video calls and texts, the pair finally met - and were just as smitten IRL.
Four weeks and a handful of dates later, Gregg popped the question, and Hannah said yes.
The happy couple, who initially bonded over single parenthood, believe lockdown forced them to get to know each other properly before meeting.
Hannah, who works as a carer in Silver End, Essex, said: "The connection we have is what you dream of having. It's literally a perfect relationship.
"I'm still trying to believe the fact that I'm so lucky and I've found my perfect man - during lockdown!
"We had to take everything slowly, messaging and speaking over the phone," she said. "It forced us to get to know each other really well before we met.
She added: "It's like we did it the old-fashioned way, where there would be a courtship process. We mixed modern day and traditional dating, and it just worked."
As it turns out, the couple live just 20 minutes apart - and even have mutual friends.
Speaking daily via message and FaceTime calls meant the pair became close quickly.
Hannah said: "Within the first few messages, we had this amazing connection I just can't explain. We learned we are so alike.
"It all happened so quickly, and I've never experienced feelings like that before. It felt so special and so unique."
Single parents Hannah and Gregg now have six children between them.
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Hannah's kids are aged 10, seven and 18 months, while her fiancé Gregg's children are aged 15, 12 and nine.
Previous relationships had left Hannah cautious in love - but Gregg has helped change that.
She said: "I couldn't believe he was real - I kept waiting to learn something about him which would ruin it. But it never happened.
"Now, we know everything about one another, and everything is perfect."
The couple's first meeting - once restrictions had lifted - was casual, with Gregg going to Hannah's to watch a film and have a takeaway.
But it confirmed their suspicions - they were perfect for each other.
She said: "It was like I'd known him for years. It didn't feel like the first time we were meeting. We just felt like we could be ourselves."
"We laughed the whole time. The next day my cheeks were aching from laughing so much!
"Finally meeting him just confirmed everything that I already knew. My feelings were right."
A month after first meeting, Gregg proposed during a romantic getaway Bournemouth.
The surprise proposal included rose petals scattered on the bed and a bottle of champagne ready for Hannah as she walked in.
Hannah said: "It was a huge shock when I walked in the room to see that - and then I turned around to find him on one knee!"
She added: "Our relationship has literally been like a fairy-tale."
The love-up couple are now busy planning to move in together over Christmas and bring their families together.
Hannah said: "We've always liked the idea of a big family. We can just tell all the kids will get on well together!"
The couple say that while some people might think they're moving quickly, to them the timing feels just right.
She said: "We are just so in love. It's unbelievable. Unless people have been through the same situation, they'll never believe it or understand it.
"But it's true - there is such a thing as finding your soul mate, finding 'the one'."
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