Woman, 47, finds love in lockdown within an HOUR of signing up to a dating app – and they're engaged

A woman who was on the verge of giving up on love has found her soulmate in lockdown – and they’re getting married after just six months together.

Within an hour of signing up to the dating app Badoo on June 13, Nicolette Miles, 47, a travel agent manager from Devon, connected with Tony Jones, 45.

The couple hit it off virtually and met for a socially distanced date two days later. 

Romance blossomed and the pair moved in together in August to make seeing each other easier during the pandemic – and the following month, Tony got down on one knee.

Nicolette Miles, 47, a travel agent manager from Devon, connected with Tony Jones, 45, pictured together, an hour after signing up to the dating app Badoo

Nicolette Miles, 47, a travel agent manager from Devon, connected with Tony Jones, 45, pictured together, an hour after signing up to the dating app Badoo

The devoted pair – who have both been married before – are now planning their ‘intimate’ wedding for December 5, three days after England’s national lockdown measures are set to be lifted.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Nicolette said they ‘cannot wait’ to get married.

‘For some, 2020 has been a terrible year but for us it has been an incredible year,’ she gushed. 

‘After exhausting every single dating site, I was on the verge of giving up on love.’

Nicolette hadn’t heard of Badoo until her friends urged her to join, and received a message from father-of-two Tony, who is in the Army, after browsing for an hour. 

Romance blossomed - especially when Tony bonded with Nicolette's dog Betty, pictured, and the pair moved in together in August to make seeing each other easier during the pandemic

Romance blossomed – especially when Tony bonded with Nicolette’s dog Betty, pictured, and the pair moved in together in August to make seeing each other easier during the pandemic

‘We got talking and exchanged details,’ she recalled. ‘We’d both been single for about a year, and he knew the area I lived and worked in, so we had something to chat about. 

‘We then met up two days later for our first date on Widemouth Beach with my dog Betty.’

Nicolette said they hit it off straight away – especially after she watched him bond quickly with Betty – though dating with social distancing was tricky.

‘We went on a second date on Widemouth Beach and when I turned up, Tony was waiting for me with roses, and Betty jumped out of the car, straight into his arms,’ she said.

‘It was easier to social distance on the first few dates as we were walking on the beach so had plenty of space, but as our relationship got more serious and we grew closer, it was definitely more difficult.

The devoted pair - who have both been married before - are now planning their 'intimate' wedding for December 5, three days after England's national lockdown measures are set to be lifted

The devoted pair – who have both been married before – are now planning their ‘intimate’ wedding for December 5, three days after England’s national lockdown measures are set to be lifted

‘On our third date, we went back to the beach to spend the day collecting sea glass together.

‘We decided to move in together in August so we could form a Covid “bubble” to take our relationship forward.’

On September 7, Tony proposed with a ring containing a single green stone in the middle – a piece of the sea glass they’d found on their third date.

‘Tony had kept it all that time,’ Nicolette exclaimed. ‘He had it designed with two diamonds either side from his mum’s engagement ring, who’s sadly passed.’

The couple have now set the date for December 5 – and while friends and family expressed concern that their relationship has progressed very quickly, Nicolette and Tony said they don’t want to ‘hang around’.

‘Of course people were worried it had moved fast, but when they see us together, they know it’s right,’ Nicolette said.

On September 7, Tony proposed with a ring containing a single green stone in the middle - a piece of the sea glass they'd found on their third date

On September 7, Tony proposed with a ring containing a single green stone in the middle – a piece of the sea glass they’d found on their third date

Tony had the romantic ring designed with two diamonds either side from his mother's engagement ring, who's sadly passed

Tony had the romantic ring designed with two diamonds either side from his mother’s engagement ring, who’s sadly passed

‘We believe that life is too short. We don’t want to hang around at our age, we want to be enjoying life to the full as a married couple. 

‘We’re not going to let the pandemic ruin our special day, so we’re getting married on December 5 this year at The Castle Bude in Cornwall, with our beloved whippet Betty as our bridesmaid, who will be dressed for the occasion! 

‘We are huge lovers of anything to do with the 1940s, so our wedding is going to be 1940s themed with Tony in full military uniform. 

‘Funnily enough we think we saw each other years before we met at a D-Day event.’ 

Nicolette said the fact they’re restricted to a minimal guest list has ‘worked out well’ as they were both keen for an intimate affair. 

‘We are having just 11 guests plus two dogs,’ she revealed. ‘The castle will be dressed as a winter wonderland, and we will walk down the aisle together to Glenn Miller’s In The Mood.’

Nicolette said the fact they're restricted to a minimal guest list has 'worked out well' as they were both keen for an intimate affair; they are having just 11 guests plus two dogs - one of which is Betty the whippet (pictured)

Nicolette said the fact they’re restricted to a minimal guest list has ‘worked out well’ as they were both keen for an intimate affair; they are having just 11 guests plus two dogs – one of which is Betty the whippet (pictured)

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