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LastFirst Matchmaking – Our Interview with Founder Emily Holmes Hahn

In the age of Tinder, Bumble, and Match.com finding your forever can seem aimless and overwhelming. Between the incredibly impersonal approach of online dating sites and the tiresome ears of your friends, where else are you left to turn?

Bespoke matchmaking and relationship consultancy service, LastFirst aims to provide people with not only a long-lasting and meaningful relationship, but the skills to recognize a suitable partner and how to best approach a romantic endeavor.

A boutique agency with a hands-on, customized approach founded by Emily Holmes Hahn, the LastFirst team helps you navigate between that you want and what you need while searching for “the one.”

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Name: Emily Holmes Hahn (pictured above)

Age: 28

Birthplace: Baltimore, MD

Current town: Manhattan and East Hampton

Occupation: Founder of LastFirst, a bespoke matchmaking agency and relationship consultancy

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What’s the funniest or saddest thing that’s happened to you this week?

We were describing a potential date to a new client, and it turns out they are next door neighbors at their weekend beach houses! Not to mention, he’s had a crush on her forever! It was both funny and touching to facilitate that first date.

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What’s your favorite movie? And why?

There are so many! But one that immediately comes to mind is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Every detail of that movie is pure beauty.

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What’s the biggest risk you took in life?

Going out on my own to start LastFirst was the biggest risk, but also the biggest reward!

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If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would that be?

I feel lucky not to have one specific thing I would want to change. Maybe in general, I would have been more selective about my relationships, both on a platonic and romantic level. These days I am all about maintaining a large friendly network, with a more “curated” list of true friends. And I now believe that if you’re spending your romantic energy exclusively on one person, that person needs to be incredible and not just someone you settle for.

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Tell us your favorite joke:

My personal favorite jokes are more spontaneous. Things like talking in silly voices and making fun of random things with friends. You’d have to be there!

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What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

That’s for me to know, and them to find out!

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What’s the best piece of advice – dating or otherwise – that you’ve ever heard?

The only relationship that actually lasts forever is the one you have with yourself. If that relationship is sound, everything else will follow.

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Who’s your favorite celebrity? And why?

Audrey Hepburn. She was such a great mix of beauty, talent, style, quirkiness and kindness.

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What’s your strangest phobia or superstition?

I’m not superstitious at all!

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Last, but not least, is there anything you want to pitch, promote or discuss?

Yes, thank you for asking! I really do believe in the service we provide at LastFirst. We run the most refined and selective dating club in the city, while still being ‘downtown’ and avant. The club is designed for individuals who have no problem dating on their own, but who are looking for something truly unique and long term. Our clients know that it’s rare to organically find their perfect match, who has the intersection of all the qualities– the looks, education, values, goals, etc.– that they seek. We represent some of Manhattan and the East End’s most eligible individuals, who are looking to commit seriously, but who will simply not settle for anyone less than extraordinary.

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Oh, and a bonus curve question or two (Answer as many or as a few as you like ). . .

What’s the worst online dating story you’ve ever heard?

I hear so many! People showing up whose pictures were from 10 years or 10 pounds ago! Bosses crossing paths with their employees’ profiles and feeling mortified; people lying about their jobs or even their marital statuses. Needless to say, I do not recommend online dating!

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What is your favorite book, song and film (and TV show!) about romance, and why?

Books: Pride and Prejudice

Song: Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You (the Heath Ledger on the bleachers version!)

Film: The Princess Bride

TV Show: Outlander

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Please answer and elaborate.

Where is the most romantic city you’ve visited? What was so special about it?

I hate to be cliché, but Paris, all the way. It’s the je-ne-sais-quoi that makes it so appealing.

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What is the most romantic meal you’ve ever had, and what was that meal?

Balthazar, just after I got engaged. It was freezing and rainy, cozy inside, and I don’t actually remember what we ate! But there was plenty of champagne and it was definitely romantic.

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Where’s the most romantic hotel/resort on the planet? Why this spot?

I looove hotels and could name several that tie for this title! I’ll pick, The Surrey here in NYC. I like the intimate, private residence allure of the whole hotel, and the unique details found throughout the building. Also, Bar Pleiades downstairs is so sexy for a first date. I send a new couple there almost weekly!

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Lead-In Art Courtesy of Peter Hermes Furian / Shutterstock.com; Portrait Courtesy of Emily Holmes Hahn