Locals turn to Houston matchmaker for ‘true love’


by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News


Posted on August 2, 2013 at 11:06 AM

HOUSTON -- A couple in Clear Lake found love through an old-fashioned matchmaker.

"I never in my wildest dreams thought you’d have to pay a dating service to get a date," said Jill Lammers. "You know -- what a concept."

Lammers joined Rose Matchmaking, a Houston-based company.

Jamie Rose is the CEO.

"I prescreen every single person myself," Rose said. "So I can guarantee whoever I introduce you to has poured their heart out to me and I’ve met them and gone through everything with them."

There are background checks, one-on-one interviews with Rose and you get a photo shoot.

Rose also has rules that every client must follow.

"First date, they need to do dinner because it's more romantic," Rose said. "I say no coffee because it feels like an interview and no lunch because it's rushed."

Rose made her first love connection at the age of 16. She took classes at the Matchmaking Institute and almost seemed destined to be a modern-day cupid. Her birthday is on Valentine's Day.

The price is not cheap. The cost starts at $4,900 for men and a thousand less for women.

Rose actually spotted Rick Lammers in her building on Post Oak and recruited him. She just knew he was a match for Jill. He was divorced and Jill was a widow.

"I laugh because people text me all the time and they ask me ‘what's the name of that dating service you used,’" Lammers said. "I'm like ‘well here's the name of it but here's the problem, I'm not sure she has any Rick's in the storage room.’"

Finding true love cost Lammers $5,900.

Since Rick was recruited, he got the date will Jill for a discount.

The two were married last December.