First Dates couples who are still together – from proposals to families

First Dates does what it says on the tin and offers singletons a chance to meet the one on the Channel 4 program.

These dates are just like real life – they can be awkward, uncomfortable, romantic, fun and exciting. You never know what you are going to get on the show.

Many of the pairings naturally don’t work out for one reason of another, but plenty of others have.

In fact, there are many couples that met on the show that are still going strong – a testament to what the series can do.

Some of the stories are love at first sight tales, while others are chance encounters.

Love is in the air again as the series is returning to Channel 4 at 9pm on July 21, and here are some of the previous couples that are still going strong.

Vanessa and Julien

This pair had one of the most romantic journeys in First Dates history.

They met during the second series and it was a love at first sight moment for the pair.

Later, during season four, they returned so that Julien could propose to Vanessa.

They married in August of 2021 and are still together now.

Greig and Shaun

Some of the singletons that walk into the restaurant don’t meet their ideal partner, but often they get a second chance at finding love.

This was true for Greig, who after having been rejected by John earlier in the show, later met Shaun in series eight.

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They announced their engagement just a few months later in December of 2017.

At the time, Shaun Tweeted Fred and the First Dates team, saying: “Can't believe it was two years ago today you introduced me to my date who's now my amazing husband.

“Can’t thank you enough. Love you guys!”

Doreen and James

In their late 80s, Doreen and James won the hearts of the nation when they met in 2017.

They have remained close ever since, with James inviting Doreen to visit his rose garden following the show.

Dan and Lauren

This is a strange pairing for the show, as they technically didn’t meet during the series.

Lauren appeared in series two, while Dan walled into the restaurant in 2017.

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It didn’t work out for either contestant’s dates, but the two met in a bar years later during a chance encounter.

They are now engaged and even share two children together.

Sarah and Philip

During series six, Sarah and Philip locked eyes in the restaurant and the rest was history.

Sarah was just 21 years old when she appeared on the show, sharing her tear-jerking story of how she suffered from bone cancer at the age of 16.

It resulted in her losing a leg, but it has made her stronger as together her and Philip are travelling the world in a camper van.

Which other contestants are still together?

Charlie and Laura met in series six and have been travelling the world after he serenaded her with his guitar skills in the restaurant.

Dave and Sara took part in the second series of First Dates Hotel and despite not having been on a date since 1991 after his wife tragically died from cancer, he found new love with Sara.

Ibiba and Aarron had a love at first sight moment on the show in 2016 and returned to the series one year later to announce they were expecting.

Elan and Cindy met on the show in 2017 and married in 2021 after two cancelled wedding dates throughout Covid.

2017 was a great year, as Will and Fran also met during that series and today, they are engaged to be married.

Hema and Ajai met in 2016 and tied the knot just three years later in 2019 with a beautiful ceremony in Mallorca.

Adam and Dan met in 2014 on the show and got engaged in 2016 though they are still saving up for their dream wedding in South Africa.

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