Be­hind the head­lines: We got to­gether fast… and stayed to­gether! Two cou­ples share their sto­ries

Th­ese cou­ples couldn’t wait to get started. Here, they share the sto­ries be­hind their whirl­wind ro­mances...

Woman's Own - - Woman’s Own Welcome -

Fewer cou­ples th­ese days are tak­ing things slowly, in­stead div­ing into hol­i­days abroad and even mov­ing in to­gether when they still barely know one an­other. Mean­while, TV pro­grammes such as Big Brother, Naked At­trac­tion and Love Is­land show po­ten­tial part­ners get­ting up close and

Fiona Brown, 37, and hus­band Phil, 35, live in Southend, Es­sex. They learnt they were ex­pect­ing seven months af­ter they met. They now also have a sec­ond child.

Phil says: I was on a lads’ night out at a club on New Year’s Eve in 2012 when I got chat­ting to Fiona.

There was an in­stant at­trac­tion and we went on our first date 10 days later. I knew right away she was The One. There were no awk­ward mo­ments and it felt com­pletely nat­u­ral.

Af­ter a few months, I moved in with Fiona. I wanted to see her ev­ery day.

We dis­cussed want­ing chil­dren, but she’d been on the pill for a long time so we thought it might take a year to con­ceive. It only took three weeks, but the sur­prise was a happy one. Some peo­ple worry too much about per­sonal be­fore they even know each other’s sur­names.

Just 18% of Brits now be­lieve you should wait un­til af­ter your wed­ding to move in to­gether. Many even claim mov­ing fast is the key to re­la­tion­ship suc­cess.

We speak to two cou­ples who didn’t hang about when it came to mak­ing a big move… what oth­ers think. There’s no ‘right’ way of do­ing things if you’re happy.

Fiona says: I knew from our first date Phil was spe­cial. I drank too much wine and was sick, but he was a per­fect gent, putting me to bed. Af­ter a few dates, we talked about how we were ready to set­tle down. There was no game-play­ing.

Four months in, we de­cided to buy a house and start try­ing for a baby. It all hap­pened very quickly.

I had Seth in April 2014 and Phil pro­posed a few weeks later. My fam­ily were sur­prised, but could see I was happy. We mar­ried in Au­gust 2015 and had our sec­ond son, Zachariah, last June.

Fast-track­ing our re­la­tion­ship has made us stronger and shows we can get through any­thing.

‘We de­cided to have a baby soon af­ter meet­ing’ ‘There was no game play­ing’

‘Af­ter just one date, I in­vited her on hol­i­day ’ ‘I never be­lieved in soul­mates’

Louise Whit­field, 27, and hus­band Joe, 30, live in Ifield, West Sus­sex. They met in 2011.

Joe says: A friend in­vited me to a din­ner party and men­tioned a girl was com­ing who he thought I might like. When I saw Lou, I was in­stantly at­tracted to her.

We were both shy, but added each other on so­cial me­dia af­ter and started speak­ing all the time.

We had our first date on Brighton beach two weeks later and got on so well. I’d booked a hol­i­day to Bar­ba­dos with a cou­ple of friends, but as things were go­ing well with Lou, I knew I’d miss her – so I in­vited her to come.

I was pretty ner­vous, as we’d only been on one date at this point, but I felt like I could just go on a big ad­ven­ture with her and it’d be fine.

Louise says: I never be­lieved in soul­mates, but the mo­ment I met Joe, I knew he was spe­cial. When he asked if I wanted to go to Bar­ba­dos, I was sur­prised, but re­ally ex­cited.

It was weird be­ing on hol­i­day with him and his two friends, but we got on so well.

It was clear he was the one for me and get­ting to know his mates gave me in­side in­for­ma­tion on his per­son­al­ity – like he’s grumpy in the morn­ings.

We got mar­ried in July 2015 and are still so happy.

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