Memo to Match.com: We've got your next commercial right here. Ninety-year-old Molly Holder met 82-year-old Ed Nisbett on the site and wed this past Saturday. Together, they make one of the most inspiring couples ever to be struck by Cupid's digital arrow.
The pair first started messaging each other back in November after Holder joined the site "on impulse." Turns out they both love reading poetry and drinking scotch. There's more to their connection than that, but the giddy couple weren't giving all the details. Suffice it to say that when Holder and Nisbett met in person in January their online chemistry held up. She was clutching a yellow rose and he was smitten.
"The picture that she had on Match.com really didn't do her justice," Nisbett told ABC local news in Tallahassee Florida, where the couple lives.
A month later, on Valentine's Day, Nisbett proposed.
"He said I want to marry you," recalls Holder. "I said, well, that's nice 'cause I want to marry you. I should've said, well if you want to marry me, get down on your knees and ask me."
Nisbett would have but, he jokes, his knees aren't what they used to be.
Both widows, the couple didn't want to waste any time getting hitched. Their 25-person wedding this past weekend brought together the couple's friends and family. Nisbett, a former steel company employee, has two children, and Holder, a retired newspaper columnist, has four kids, seven grandkids and eight great-grandkids.
Holder and Nisbett are part of a growing movement of senior citizens dipping into the online dating waters. Twenty percent of Match.com users are over 50, and in the past five years, the company has seen their boomer demographic grow by 64 percent. At another major dating site, eHarmony, claims the 50-plus set is one of their fasted growing segments. In response to the powerful demographic, niche sites like ourtime.com, seniorpeoplemeet.com and dating-senior.net are creating seniors-only havens that cater specifically to the new dating community.
With over 17 million boomers on the Web according to Nielsen Research, it's only natural that many of those users would direct their Web searches to finding love. "They're seeing their sons and daughters use online dating and have success with it," Online Dating Magazine editor Joe Tracy told the Washington Post back in 2009.
Two years later, it's seniors like Holder and Nisbett who are teaching the rest of us to hold out hope. Nisbett's message to those who doubt they'll find their future spouse online: "You obviously can." Turning 90 is looking better every day.