A couple have enjoyed a whirlwind romance during lockdown – they moved in together three weeks after meeting and are now talking about marriage.
After matching on Tinder in 2019, Sammy-Jo Nelder, 34, and Jordan Amos, 37, had their first date on March 1.
They hit it off three weeks before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first Covid-19 national lockdown.
And when Brits were warned to stay home, Jordan asked Sammy-Jo to lockdown with him in his flat.
Sammy-Jo, a cruise travel agent, decided to take the leap and still lives with her boyfriend eight-and-a-half months on.
The pair are so smitten they’ve even talked about marriage and starting a family together.
Sammy-Jo said: "We had actually been exchanging texts for a little while after matching on Tinder, and kept meaning to meet up.
"But life kept getting in the way, and I kept putting it on the back burner.
"Then earlier this year I read a book called 'The Year of Yes', which was all about saying yes to every opportunity that comes your way.
"I realised the only thing that I had kept putting off in 2019 was meeting up with Jordan.
"I got back in touch with him and said, 'Shall we give it a go?'".
The couple met up at a pub in Ardleigh, Essex, for a morning coffee but decided to stay for a “couple of drinks” after.
Sammy-Jo gushed: "I didn't want it to end. Sometimes you have those dates where you just can't wait to get out of there – but this was the exact opposite of that.
"We met up six or seven more times over the next few weeks before lockdown was announced, and then the weekend just before lockdown we spent the whole weekend together."
The pair decided to fast-track their relationship when Boris Johnson announced lockdown.
Jordan was visiting Sammy-Jo at her flat in Ipswich, Suffolk at the time – and they agreed to move in together.
Sammi-Jo said: "I had been given a laptop to start working from homre that week, and Jordan had come over to help me set it up.
"Then the announcement came on the TV, and Jordan said, 'Let's just unplug everything here and you can come and stay at mine'.
"I umm'ed and ahh'ed about it, but though, 'Let's give it a chance'."
For the first two months, the pair stayed at Jordan's flat in Colchester, Essex.
They then gave up their tenancies and committed to renting a place together in Manningtree, Essex, in June.
The couple are chuffed about their decision – even though some think they’ve rushed into things.
Sammi-Jo said: “We’re madly in love and so glad that we have got each other, during such a rough time.
"It may sound crazy to some people, but it just works. We definitely don't regret it.
"Jordan made a good point that we have probably spent more time together during the last eight months than most married couples do in the same period in 'normal' times, what with having to go to work during the day.
"We're very happy and the honeymoon period still hasn't fizzled out, despite the stresses of the pandemic.
"It sounds really cheesy, but it just feels like things are going to be like this forever.
"At least something good came out of this pandemic."
Sammi-Jo added: "He's said he'd like to marry me – and I do feel the same.
"Jordan’s very kind. We’ve got the same sense of humour and are on the same wavelength.
"It's crazy how quickly things have happened, but now I can't imagine life before him.
"People may think we've rushed into it, but we don't feel that way. I've never felt this way before."
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