…and the rest is history…

Alicia Ann Daw is a film & digital wedding photographer who specializes in New York City and European destination weddings. With over 15 years of experience photographing weddings, she's spent two decades globetrotting to over 37 countries and working with clients around the world. She delivers images that are effortlessly romantic and chic, telling a story about the start of your heritage in a way that will leave you in awe.


I sat in front of my computer screen, entirely humiliated, albeit slightly amused. I was about to do the most unlikely thing imaginable. So unlikely that, to me, it seemed like the most hypocritical thing I had ever done. I tried not to overanalyze as I slowly punched in the 16 numbers of my credit card. In a couple weeks from then, I would be home in the USA for a “preparation” trip. I was preparing to move back home to Connecticut, a place I had not lived in almost 8 years. I knew going back home that I did not have any good friends there, and was not connected to a church. I had planned on working for myself, and so I knew that I was limiting my options. “For what?”, you might ask. Well, I’ll tell ya. For meeting guys – particularly any good, decent, Christian guys who loved God and loved people. Oh and it would be bonus points if he had nice muscles and blue eyes! So I bit the bullet and did the unthinkable.

I signed up for eHarmony.

It was a one-year subscription at a discounted rate of $50. I laughed and sighed deeply as I slowly and skeptically filled out my profile and answered the bazillion questions they asked me. They were determined to find me my soul mate. As for me, all I really wanted was just to hang out and get to know some people in CT who had some common interests as me. Unfortunately there was not a website called FriendHarmony, or I would have undoubtedly opted for that choice. (hmmm…new business venture?)

I carefully chose the pictures to put up. I mean, you know, just in case eHarmony happened to do their job correctly I had to be certain that I made a good “first impression.” I wanted to make sure whoever viewed my profile got a really good idea of who I was based on my pictures, so I mixed it up. A picture of me hiking in France – complete with sweat beads dripping down my forehead and dirt covering my arms and face. A picture of me hosting a dinner gala for 500+ people – dressed to the nth degree and looking ravishing (if I do say so myself). A picture of me on a motorcycle, winking my right eye – just to show that I have a bit of sassiness in me. A picture of me skiing with my *cough* ex-boyfriends sister – mostly just because I liked the little furry hood on my ski jacket. A picture of me in Venice Italy, Paris France, and Africa – just to prove that I had a bit of traveling under my belt. A picture of me with my dog, outside in the woods – to reinforce the “girl next door” persona. A picture of me shooting a massive gun – you know, just in case he had some control issues or something. And lastly, a picture of me with my best friends, the sisterhood.

I clicked “submit” and waited.

To say that I was skeptical is an understatement. But alas, the next morning when I woke up, I had an email from eHarmony saying they had matched me with 5 guys. One of them initiated communication. And as many times as it had been said in other areas of my life, I could now say it for this area: “…and the rest is history…..”

  1. Anne says:

    what a sweet story. I can’t wait to see what happens! 🙂

  2. Danielle says:

    But was he one of the first 5 guys?

  3. Alicia Candelora says:

    Well, my friend, you will just have to wait until this Saturday to find out. BTW – don’t you know the answer to this question already? You were, like, one of the first people I told.

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