In two weeks, I am attending the first of two weddings in two months of the couples we matched. They are two of the sweetest and most beautiful, earnest couples I have met and I am so excited for them to start their lives together.
I was so touched by the multiple ways that Ella (getting married in 2 weeks!!)) has thanked me any chance she gets- on social media, in person, and in front of others at her beautiful bridal shower. She is such a giving, intelligent, and kind woman and I know that they will be so happy together! I wanted to share with you all their story (with permission) from their beautiful wedding website and a post that made me tear up with joy and pride.
From Ella & Eran's website:
On September 18, 2014, only four days after returning from a month long trip to Israel, Ella was invited by her friend Jenny Applebaum to participate in a Jewish speed-dating event. Ella arrived a few minutes before the event began. As she casually chatted with others, Ella noticed a handsome gentleman across the room. At the same moment, Eran noticed Ella as they met each other's glance! Noticing such a beautiful girl, Eran approached Ella.
The two engaged in conversation and within minutes realized they shared so much in common. Ella told Eran she was applying to business school in France, the same school Eran attended a few years back. Intrigued by their conversation, the two were disappointed when interrupted by the Speed-Date bell, signaling the start of the event.
The next hour passed slowly, as both Eran and Ella were introduced to various singles, both only thinking about when they would meet again. Surprisingly, Ella and Eran were paired last, allotted only three minutes before the bell would ring again to end the speed date event. As the minutes suddenly flew by, the two continued discovering more common threads they shared.
At the ring of the final bell, Eran took Ella's hand to introduce her to his friends Josh and Johnny. Thanks to Josh, he convinced Eran, the workaholic, to attend the speed date event.
Wanting to continue the evening with Ella, Eran invited her to the SLS lounge for dessert, which unbeknownst to him, was Ella's favorite place! Eran and Ella spent the rest of their first evening together discussing their upbringing, family values, Jewish culture and traditions, professional interests and anything else that came to mind. As if Eran knew this evening was going to change their lives, he said to her she was his "beshert", his soul mate!
An amazing surprise unveiled at the end of the evening. Eran walked Ella to her car, asking for her number to arrange a date to meet again. Returning home, he was eager to text Ella. As he inputted her number into his phone, he was surprised to see her number already saved in his phone!!! The two discovered that exactly one month prior, they had met on a dating website; they exchanged numbers and agreed to meet upon Ella's return from Israel. Needless to say, they really did meet upon her return from Israel! Truly "beshert", meant to be!!!
From that first evening together, their relationship quickly bloomed as they shared the same passions, interests, values, and even a love for chocolate! By their third date, Eran convinced Ella not to leave for France, and attend UCLA business school instead! Although the two shared so much in common, they both learned to appreciate their differences as well; Ella the passionate Salsa dancer and Eran the trendy hip hop dancer; Ella the sophisticated tea drinker and Eran the experienced espresso drinker.
Three months after they first met, Eran proposed to Ella in Hawaii. As the sun set over the beautiful Island, Ella said "YES"!
The two spent many years searching for their true soul mates. Once they found each other, they instantly knew they were ready to share the rest of their lives together!