BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Many people see those ads for online dating services and just blow them off, thinking they aren't legitimate ways to meet someone, but some users of those services have had big success.
A call-out on Facebook asking to be contacted by those who met their significant other online received an overwhelming response. Some stories of relationships and marriages started on message boards and in chat rooms in the days before dating websites, but the one below started on a newer site and the couple said it is living a happily ever after.
Carl Jacobson and his now fiancée, Jessica Dieutto, had both recently ended relations when they met on Match.com. He was planning to relocate to Baton Rouge from Boston for work and looking for love.
"I had never experienced online dating," Jacobson said. "My previous relationship started before that became popular, so I didn't know what to expect."
Dieutto was a recent divorcee with four kids. She said she was actually about to give up on online dating when the site suggested Jacobson as a match for her.
"I thought, 'You know what, I'm really not even going waste my time with this,'" she said. "So, I'm going to send him a bunch of questions and he's not going to answer them and then it'll be done."
She said instead, he answered the questions perfectly and a romance quickly blossomed. Jacobson moved to Baton Rouge a few weeks later and they went on their first date.
"She said an important hint is the altitude. So, where we ended up meeting for our first date was the top of the state Capitol building downtown. She thought that'd be a great place to introduce me to where I live," Jacobson explained.
"'Oh, we met at the bar!' You don't want that stuff, you know. You realize that the story does matter and I feel like I'm creating my future. And so, I wanted a beautiful story," Dieutto added.
Their story only got more beautiful from that first date on. This past September, just before they boarded a plane to Boston to meet his family, Jacobson proposed. And, there was even more happy news for the family.
"Well, we have a baby coming and that's amazing because I never thought I'd have that experience in my life," he said.
A year and a half ago, the two of them never would have known life would turn out like this. But, Dieutto has some advice for people that are ready to give up on dating after one too many bad experiences.
"Keep your heart open because it's going to happen for you," she said.