Michaela Warner had almost given up on love when her friend encouraged her to take a chance on one of the hopefuls advertising in the Sutton Guardian's Two's Company page.
Scanning the page Police Community Support Officer Warner's eyes stopped on Neil Russell's advert looking for a soul mate to wine and dine.
The pair decided to meet and months later after a “whirlwind romance” Mr Russell, 47, a warehouse driver, had proposed.
PCSO Warner, 44, who has three children, said: “Our first date went better than expected. We met at Cafe Neros on Sutton High Street, right next to the police station.
“It was good back up in case something went wrong, but it turned out I didn't need them although it felt like dozens of them dropped by to say hello.
“I liked him straight away, he's funny, confident, very sociable and honest.”
The couple are now preparing to marry in August at Sutton Registry Office.
PCSO Warner said: “When I asked my 17-year-old daughter if she like Neil she said: 'Mum there is nothing not to like about Neil'.
“Neil makes me feel alive. I love him very much, he's my soul mate and I share everything with him.
“He's the love of my life, I can't wait to get married.”