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Short version: Matchmaker and Stellar Hitch Founder Cristina Morara loves making matches. Not only does she set up dates between her existing clients, but she also combs the global ranks of singles to find exceptional candidates not already in her database. She also offers clients coaching on how to make memorable first impressions and to consider partners who may not check off all their boxes. After all, many partners don’t experience love at first sight only to realize later how right they are for one another. As Stellar Hitch expands across the United States and Europe, Cristina aims to develop even more long-lasting matches between suitable and exciting partners.
Founder of Stellar Hitch, Cristina Morara lives the adage: Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Even in her off hours, the matchmaker and coach doesn’t stop trying to find matches for her clients.
But her profession hasn’t caused her to take up a new interest.
“I’ve always been interested in romance and finding ‘the one,’” she said. “I remember being 16 and wondering how you knew when you met your perfect romantic partner. As a former casting director, I was always into the challenge of being on the hunt and finding the perfect person.”
Cristina’s passion for matchmaking led her into the profession almost accidentally. As the owner of a wine bar in Florida, she was often asked to make matches for her patrons.
“My husband and I opened up a wine bar in Florida. It was just one of those sweet, romantic spots,” she said. “We always made people feel comfortable. Some of my diners would say to me, ‘I’m going to bring in a date, I met her on Match.com. Pour the Cab if you think she’s a keeper, or the Chianti if you think she’s not.’”
Though Cristina enjoyed her informal role as a matchmaker, she recognized that many of her dating diners weren’t prepared to share their best selves with potential partners.
“I would ask my diners what they were going to lead with, and they’d say, ‘I’m just going to wing it,’” she said. “ I wondered, ‘Why aren’t people more prepared?’ And, ‘Why don’t you have the tools to make the best choices about your own love life?’”
That mindset of finding suitable matches and offering daters the tools to impress partners led Cristina and her husband Andrea to start their own matchmaking service, Stellar Hitch.
“We give daters the tools to recognize how they’re coming across, and how prepared they are for a first date,” she said. “Preparation is half the battle. That motto became our touchstone. Let’s prepare our clients, squeeze out the limiting beliefs, and get them to meet the right person. That’s how it started. It was this organic thing.”
Now, years after creating Stellar Hitch, Cristina is still just as passionate about pairing the right duos as she’s always been.
“If we won the lottery tomorrow, my husband says I would keep doing this for the rest of my life for free,” she said. “It’s my calling.”
Cristina performs most of Stellar Hitch’s matchmaking by herself, along with a small team.
“It’s me, mostly, and my husband, who does some of the image consulting and coaching,” she said. “I’m hands-on. I have a team around me to support me, but I’m doing a lot of the one-on-one myself.”
Stellar Hitch matches a wide age range of daters from their 30s to their 70s. But Stellar Hitch’s clientele all have something in common: They are quite successful in other areas of their lives.
“We work with the super-catches and people who are a cut above,” Cristina said. “The caliber’s a little higher in terms of education level, interest, accomplishments, and quality.”
So why do these exceptional people have trouble finding love?
“A typical client is someone who has a lot of choices but is super private,” Cristina said. “They don’t want to do online dating. Or they’re selective and want a team they can trust to vet people for them. Or perhaps they have limited time and are traveling a lot.”
Vetting is one of the most important services Cristina provides, and Stellar Hitch differs from other services because its team hunts for extraordinary daters. In contrast, many matchmakers simply pair daters who are already in their databases.
“We do private searches instead of just relying on our current portfolio,” she said. “We do our own active recruiting nationwide and internationally. I don’t want to be limited by who I have. We’re creating all these avenues of access for people who don’t have the time to do it themselves.”
Cristina takes a hands-on approach when it comes to grooming her daters.
“My first choice is to meet someone in person, but sometimes it has to be over Skype,” she said. “I get a sense of what they’re looking for, give them a proposal explaining what I can do for them, and then I launch the process.”
Another popular service Stellar Hitch offers is date coaching, which helps clients impress potential matches.
“I don’t always use the word ‘coaching,’” Cristina said. “I have specific insights to share with clients before we do introductions. I want them to have these extra tools to maximize their success. Stellar Hitch can bring a client a Lamborghini, but they still need to know how to drive it.”
While sometimes daters need tweaks in their attitude or presentation, other times Cristina encourages them to open their minds in considering romantic possibilities.
“I spend time with clients, getting to know their history,” she said. “Stories help me piece together who they are. I get to the heart of the matter and understand as many nuances as I can about my clients. Then I give them feedback and tools.”
When Clients seek love at first sight, they do not see the same picture as Cristina. She even suggests that belief in that ideal can make couples fail to see the suitability of matches who may be perfect for them.
“So many people are looking for love at first sight,” she said. “Has that happened? Absolutely. But how often? A lot less often than you would think. Make sure you’re not passing on someone who’s right in front of you because the spark level was at a two instead of 10. My motto is, ‘if you’re unsure, explore.’”
One of Cristina’s most memorable long-term matches was actually between two people who were neutral to one another at first. Or, more accurately, he was way more into her than she was into him.
“I set these two people up, and I checked in with him afterward. He said he’d had an amazing date, but she was unsure,” Cristina said. “I wanted her to be open to seeing him again on a second date, and it took me a half an hour to convince her to go on a second date. After that date, she thanked me for getting her out of her own way. They’ve been together for over two years, and she just announced her pregnancy.”
Though Cristina and her team at Stellar Hitch are already fully committed to their daters, they aren’t finished growing the business — far from it.
“We’re expanding into the European market,” she said. “Clients are looking for partners abroad. Maybe they have more than one home or are traveling internationally. So I’m working with London clients, and breaking into the Italian market as well. I’m expanding strategically with my eyes wide open. I have a lot of resources in Europe, and I’m happy to use them.”
“Our goal is getting our clients into amazing relationships that last.” — Cristina Morara, Founder of Stellar Hitch
But the expansion strategy isn’t for prestige or status; instead, it helps Cristina make the best matches for her clients.
“Our goal is getting our clients into amazing relationships that last. I’m always here to provide guidance or a different perspective,” she said.
Though Cristina has made hundreds of pairings, she still gets the same rush of excitement being around the kind of love that she has experienced when she first met her husband.
“I feel privileged to be doing what I’m doing,” she said. “I feel incredibly honored, especially when people are sharing their truths with me. There is nothing more important than finding love, sharing love, and being in love. The person you marry, and that partnership, defines the quality of your life on a daily basis.”
For more information about Stellar Hitch, visit StellarHitch.com, call (941) 284-2592, and follow Cristina on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Cristina is always happy to meet everyone. Every package is customizable, and pricing starts at $20,000.