Clare Morris, 42, and Robert Dyer, 51, are getting married today, Valentine’s Day, after meeting through the Gazette & Herald’s Two’s Company section.
HGV driver Mr Dyer advertised himself as a single Dad, slim and outgoing and looking for love. He had almost given up hope when Miss Morris replied months later. Three years later they have a 16-month-old girl together and are getting married today in Chippenham.
Miss Morris, who cleans in a hotel, said: “It was the only date I ever went on from the ads and it went from there.
”It’s the day everybody is celebrating romance in some way, so it’s quite nice.
“I didn’t think they’d be able to fit us in at the register office when I rang up just before Christmas, but they had one space left.”
Mr Dyer said he liked her straight away. “She was the third woman who answered the ad and it was her I liked her, third time lucky,” he said. “She’s pretty and she’s got a good sense of humour.”
He was surprised both by himself placing the ad and its success. He said: “I would never have dreamt of putting an ad in before but, I was coming up to 50 so I thought I’d give it a go so I did – and it turned out well.
“I think there’s someone out there for everybody but you can’t just sit on your backside doing nothing, you’ve got to get out there and look for them.”
Miss Morris moved over from Devizes so they could be together. They both enjoy the countryside and walking their black Labrador George.
There was no romantic proposal but they mutually decided they wanted Victoria to grow up with her parents married.
Miss Morris said they would be keeping the big day low-key and she will be wearing a plain cream dress. Their toddler Victoria will be dolled up as chief bridesmaid. They will be joined at the service by just six people, including Mr Dyer’s eight-year-old daughter Abigail and Miss Morris’ nine-year-old son Max.
The couple will not be going on honeymoon as they have three children to look after. Mr Dyer said: “I’d like to whisk Clare off on a gondola in Italy but we can’t afford it. It’ll happen one day but our priority now is our children.”