The couple who met at a park and got engaged one day later with ‘perfect’ proposal

A woman who was about to give up on online dating found the perfect one during a “last scroll” and is now set to marry him.

Comedian Lorna Pritchard, who is based in Cardiff, described how she’d started virtual dating when lockdown started in March.

She joined Hinge and admits being “very openly weird” about it at first.

Lorna said her profile had “several pictures of me with cats, no make-up and my bio read ‘we’ll get on if you like lentils, cats and Elvis'”.

But after a few virtual dates, Lorna felt she hadn’t connected with anyone and had decided she was almost done with online dating, BristolOnline reports.

“I thought, I’ll just have one last scroll”, said Lorna, “but that’s when I met this engineer living in Bristol called Leo.”

“We had been talking quite a lot over Whatsapp,” said Leo, “and eventually we did two or three different video chats.

“She told me she liked swimming and cycling which are two of my favourite sports.”

“We hit it off straight away and within a few weeks Covid restrictions had eased which meant we could have a socially distanced date” said Lorna.

“It sounds ridiculous but as soon as I saw him I felt like he was the one.”

After a great first date, the pair decided to meet again the next day for a picnic.

“We sat near a river,” said Lorna. “It was a perfect summer’s day, and I was about to make the strangest and most impulsive decision of my life.”

“As proposals go, it was perfect. But I hadn’t expected to say yes to a man I’d only met the day before.”

“The second day I proposed to her”, said Leo. “I thought now is the moment because we’re not going to see each other again for ages.

“And I already had a ring. I had to ask her cousin for her size.”

The pair have been living together ever since, and are planning their wedding.

“We want to get married as soon as possible really” Leo said, “the idea is to do a party in Cardiff and a party in Rio because the majority of my family and friends are there.”

Not everyone’s story is the same as Lorna and Leo’s, though.

For those couples who live separately – lockdown rules have meant they haven’t been able to see each other in months, putting a strain on not only their relationship but their wellbeing, too.

Reunite Couples is a social media campaign, urging the Government to grant non-cohabitating couples the right to see each other again indoors, as many are not eligible to form support bubbles.

A spokesperson from Reunite Couples said: “Lockdowns and tier restrictions have meant couples have spent most of the last year unable to be in the same room together.

“And if they don’t live in the same area, they now can’t even take a walk together. This is placing a huge strain on relationships and people’s mental health. It’s also separating people from their main pillar of support at a time when many have lost jobs or are otherwise struggling.

“Most of the people who contact @reunitecouples have been with their partners for years. This isn’t about casual dating or ‘sex bans’. It’s about people who have complied for months but who are now desperate to be with their partners again and who feel forgotten by the government.

“They just want the same rights as cohabiting couples and their relationships to stop being criminalised.”