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2013 Newsmaker of the year
Matchmaker Christy Lawton
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Perhaps no story from Planet Jackson Hole stirred up more interest than the expose on Christy Lawton’s dating service for the well-heeled. Actually, no story did. We can confirm that with all kinds of fancy web traffic analysis tools. Our readers ate it up and some vomited it back up in the comment section. It was nuts.
“I don’t read any of that stuff,” Lawton said when we told her that she was our newsmaker of the year. She had coffee with us at Starbucks and filled us in on what has been a very successful year for Street Fox.
“It’s been an amazing year,” Lawton said, “the quality of stories, the engagements. I’ve been touched and blessed and humbled to get to know these people and to be a small part of so many happy stories and smiles.”
Lawton’s matchmaking services are goal-oriented for the marriage-minded. She provides the opportunity for singles to meet, but more importantly Lawton nurtures an old-fashioned structured environment where courtship is slow and methodical, and couples learn how to express and build deep affection for one another.
“For the first five dates or more, I want to see my clients just getting to know each other and practicing the lost art of live, face-to-face communication,” Lawton says. Her policy includes strict guidelines on when sex should be considered. And the ultimate goal is always marriage.
Lawton says, “Marriage is the culmination of commitment. It’s ultimately what God designed us for and has intended for us. It’s too easy to walk away nowadays; to pack up and leave when things get tough. Nobody commits to anything anymore. With a marriage, you at least have legal parameters and you have made your vows before God. It’s a sacred thing.”
Now, during the “proposal season,” we asked Lawton whether December was the right time to pop the question. Is a Christmas proposal magical or cliche?
“The timing is right anytime a man decides to express his love by staking his claim,” Lawton says. “If he can commit his heart and she is ready, the time doesn’t matter. But if you do it right, she’ll remember it forever, like your first kiss.”