Newlyweds Ida Miller Russo and Tony Russo, both former Long Islanders, met through an online dating service. Ida recounts their romance.
In January 2010, I joined the online dating site Plenty of Fish. I was contacted by a man whose profile nickname was "Long Island Tony." His profile was very interesting and certainly piqued my interest. I was reluctant to answer him because he was listed as "separated." My friend saw his profile and said, "If you don't email him back, I will!" So I decided to go for it. Tony and I spoke by phone and hit it off immediately.
He asked me out, but I had a trip planned with some friends for my 50th birthday and told him I would be away for a week. He later told me that he thought I was blowing him off. But, true to his word, he called me the day after I returned home.
Just my luck, I had a terrible cold, but Tony insisted on meeting me, anyway. We had our first date on Feb. 12 and talked endlessly at dinner. He was from New Hyde Park and has a son. I lived in East Meadow and have two daughters.
He then insisted on taking me out again for my birthday. I was again reluctant since he was in the process of getting divorced. I felt he wasn't ready for a relationship. Tony assured me that he was ready and persisted in courting me.
We knew we were in love within a short time. We traveled to a Yankees spring training game, went on a cruise and took numerous weekend trips upstate and to vineyards.
Tony proposed to me last year on the island of Grand Turk in the British West Indies on a beautiful white sandy beach with wild horses running in the distance. It truly was a fairy tale. For my 52nd birthday Tony surprised me with a trip to Paris! Then, we went to visit one of my two daughters who was studying abroad in Barcelona.
A few months ago Tony, an FAA air traffic support manager, was offered a promotion and transfer to work in Miami. Being adventurous, we decided to go for it. I sold my house, left my job as office manager at a law firm, and this past New Year's Day, Tony and I got married at the Mill Pond House in Centerport. We spent our wedding night at Oheka Castle, then left for Florida the next day. We are now living in Miami, but I plan to come back to Long Island often to see family and friends.
Our motto from the beginning of our relationship has been "the best is yet to come," and that is how we view each day -- every day continues to get better and better!