We emailed for about 2 months, then we met at Starbucks. It was love at first sight. Then we waited a week to get physical.
We are trying to take it slow so we haven't planned to get married although we are in a committed relationship. We don't live together but are together all the time.
Tips? For us, extended correspondance was good because we got to know each other very well BEFORE we actually met. Both of our 'pickers' are broken, so this was the best way for us - since we are both over -sexed, if we had met immediately , we would have dived into a physical relationship and missed out on the emotional relationship. We like to say that the sex we now enjoy is the icing on the cake and the best part of our relationship is the love and respect we have for each other . But the sex is also the best.