The One That Almost Got Away: A PlentyOfFish Love Story

Every single day, happy couples who met on PlentyOfFish share their love stories with us. These success stories are always music to our ears here at the PlentyOfFish office. The love story of Kelly and Jake, however, is a very special one.

Kelly and Jake, a happy couple from Vancouver, British Columbia, met on PlentyOfFish two years ago. They went through some unique twists and turns to get to where they are today – you’ll never believe what Jake did for Kelly! Below is their exclusive interview with us:

Kelly, please tell us the story of how you met and fell in love with Jake!

Jake and I met two years ago, the night after I celebrated my 27th birthday. He was persistently asking to meet me in person for awhile (via POF messages) but I kept avoiding meeting him – for no particular reason. Finally on this lazy Sunday I agreed to go out for a late dinner. We had great conversation throughout dinner, which is important to me, but I didn’t feel that initial spark that some people say they get right away.

What is funny to look back on, is that I remember going to my friend’s house after our date and saying “nope, I’m not into him! He has a tattoo on his hand.” However, after that first date, Jake continued to pursue me and we hung out a lot during the following months. We formed a very strong friendship and connection. I was still on the fence about dating him because he has a son, and I wasn’t sure I was ready to get involved in that kind of a relationship or play that role at that point.

Over the next year, we kept it quite casual due to me not really being ready for anything too serious. At the end of 2012, I decided I was going to live abroad in Australia, solo. This was something I had always wanted to do, and had planned on doing before meeting Jake. Jake seemed happy for me and even helped me plan my trip, but he admits to me now how sad he was to see me go.

In January of 2013, it was time to say goodbye. Jake and I hugged and cried, and we said “I love you” to each other for the first time. It was extremely hard leaving him. Perhaps, in the midst of being distracted planning and getting ready for Australia, I was blind to the amazing relationship and bond we had formed over the last year.

While I was in Australia we kept in touch almost daily, but during the first 3 months I was mostly into sightseeing, meeting new people and just doing my own thing. However, I definitely missed him a lot.

On March 12, 2013, I received a knock on the door of where I was living in Melbourne, Australia.  I was in the middle of having an afternoon nap. I peeked through the blinds and all I saw was cargo shorts (I should have know by that very fact) I opened the door, rubbing my eyes, and I couldn’t believe my eyes that JAKE was standing there.

kelly1Needless to say, I was in complete shock! Jake had flown from Vancouver, Canada to Melbourne, Australia, to surprise me and knock on my door. He told me that I am the love of his life and that he had to tell me in person! I laugh now because I still can’t believe men like him actually exist! Really? A man doing something like that is practically unheard of in our generation. What makes his grand gesture even more romantic, is that he was only able to get away from work for four nights, but he still came all the way to Australia! That’s a 24 hour flight each way, so he knew he’d only get to spend two days with me – but he still thought it was worth it!

There was a mutual understanding that Jake wouldn’t be staying. Living abroad in Australia was something I wanted to solo, for myself. However as time passed, and after the shock of his surprise visit wore off, I missed him more and more and realized that he is the one I want. No new opportunities in Australia could compete with what my heart wanted: Jake.

In July 2013, he flew me to Bali and we got to spend 10 days on vacation together. That trip was the tipping point for me; I knew I had to come home from Australia earlier than planned, to be with Jake. He booked me a flight back to Vancouver for September 2013, we moved in together, and the rest is history!

Jake, what made Kelly stand out initially on POF? What made her stand out when you met?


Kelly & Jake drinking “poo tea” together in Bali.

I thought she seemed like an honest down to earth woman, and she was super cute. When we met she was very bubbly and positive, and I am very attracted to that. She was very easy to relate to and talk to.

Kelly, what made Jake stand out initially on POF? What made him stand out when you met?

Jake kept messaging me on POF, pestering me to hang out, and when I finally did I loved our conversation. We had a lot in common. He seemed like a really solid, nice guy- with a great smile. Oh, and he was tall! I like really tall guys!

 Jake, how and when did you know that Kelly was someone who you definitely wanted to pursue?

 The closer it got to the time for Kelly to go to Australia, My feelings got stronger and stronger. When she was away in Australia, it really hit me that she was the one.

 Kelly, how and when did you know that Jake was someone who you definitely wanted to pursue? 

After Jake left Melbourne I started to have really strong feelings for him, and after Bali I knew he was the one I wanted to be with.


Today, Kelly and Jake are still happily living together in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jake owns a sign, print and graphic design company called Liquid Grafix. Kelly, a very talented furniture refinisher, realized she had a lot of DIY tips and now runs her very own lifestyle blog A Shabby To Chic Life. Kelly also works as a web designer and social media manager for Jake’s company, Liquid Grafix.

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  1. steve

    2years ago i started a pof account. Well i met my soulmate. And we are now married. Thank you pof for your site. Without you i wouldnt have met the love of my life

  2. April

    Many thanks to POF, for a couples years I hear stories which seemed more like horror stories of online dating. I decided to create an account after a 4 year relationship ended over a year prior. I had completely given up on love. Deep down inside I lost faith that such thing exsisted. I know I’ve loved and grew to love, but I never knew there was truly a a sensation of feeling completely in love nor it being possible to be attracted physically, emotionally and mentally to a person. I can honestly say for the first time on my life I know what it feels like, I’ve finally found the happy ending to my horrific story. I always wanted to right a book about my life. My struggles my challenges ect. I was never able to think it through because there was no happy ending . But I can see clearly now the rain had gone. I believe in love. I believe I have found my soul mate and the person I wanna share my life with. He called me a hopeless romantic, whitty, free spirited. He told me I am the closest thing to perfection. Thank you for your site and the fact that it was free. I did the whole match thing and I felt it was a waste of my money. If I had it and I would have know I would have met the amazing man I know love, I’d pay millions!!! Thank you POF and lots of luck to all on their Journey. I caught my fish !!!

  3. Michele

    Hello POF! I wanted to post a positive love story of a match made by POF. I met my now fiancé on POF almost 3 yrs ago. We first started our online romance by sending “flirts” to each other. Which then led to a conversation or two through the inbox. We actually got into an argument via inbox and discontinued our conversations from there. (All the while, both being intrigued by the other, especially after the online dispute, believe it or not). Unfortunately it didn’t progress any further at that time and we stopped communicating. One day out of the blue, I inboxed him and asked him how his luck was going with the whole online dating thing on POF. He responded and said, “Not so well.” My luck was was same. Therafter; I suggested that we give it a try and see what the cards had in store for us. He agreed and we made plans to meet at a resterant. We liked each other and then made additional arrangements to meet again the following weekend and a month later we were an item. It has now been almost 3 yrs and we are now engaged to be married. I can sincerely say that love him with all my heart and he is truly my soulmate and I am his. I just wanted to write in and say that dreams do come true and we are living witnesses to it. We owe it all to POF! We fished, we caught and we have lived happily ever since……Kudos to POF!!!!

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