“How We Met”

July 26, 2010

I’ve always thought it intriguing and extremely romantic to hear about how couples have met. There’s just something so divine about how any single encounter could be the catalyst to a beautiful and lasting relationship…and chances are you are all the while completely oblivious.

One of my favorite stories I can remember offhand about a first encounter were my Aunt and Uncle.  When they first met, his very first words to her were “I don’t like your purse. That is an ugly purse.” Needless to say they did not start on good terms… But it ultimately resulted in one of the most beautiful relationships I have ever had the privilege of witnessing.

I stumbled upon this article here on 5 true New York couples meeting in different ways, and it simply fascinates me.

Here’s one of my favorite stories from that article:


Elizabeth Sauer, 23, a legal secretary from Elmwood Park, N.J., and Jonathan Rivera, 23, a police officer from Union City, N.J., met on a US Airways plane.

When Elizabeth boarded her flight between Newark and Charlotte, N.C., she was looking forward to some quiet time alone with her magazine.

But the moment the neighboring seat was occupied by good-looking stranger Jonathan, she sensed the latest issue of Cosmopolitan could wait. “First he asked me if I had gum and then he bought me a bottle of water,” recalls Elizabeth, who was immediately struck by his friendly, laid-back attitude.

“I thought, ‘Well, at least he’s not some annoying elderly person engaging me in a conversation that lasts the whole journey.’ “

However, by the time the plane reached Charlotte, the pair were chatting like old friends.

They had a 90-minute layover before taking separate onward flights and continued their flirtatious conversation in Starbucks.

“Even though we were visiting family in different parts of Florida, he suggested we meet up right away,” says Elizabeth, who had recently separated from her husband after three years of marriage.

“I thought it was crazy, but I agreed.”

A few days later, Jonathan drove more than 400 miles from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale and back to escort her to a Halloween night at Universal Studios.

Elizabeth, flattered he had made such a big effort to see her, says, “We were waiting on line for parking and I asked, kind of joking, ‘So, is this a real date?’ He said, ‘It is, as long as it ends in a kiss.’ So I said, ‘I can make sure that happens’ and leaned over and kissed him!”

The theme park visit last October was such a success they met up the day Jonathan returned to New Jersey when he introduced Elizabeth to his family.

“His mom said, ‘I hope you marry her because your babies will have the most gorgeous green eyes,'”says Elizabeth. “It was a bit premature but I guessed this was going to be a serious, long-term relationship.”

Five months on, amid talk of moving in together, the romance has truly blossomed. “I love the way that, as a tough-guy cop, Jonathan is my ultimate protector and also so trusting and kind,” she adds.

“We enjoy being together, but we also respect each other’s space.” As for meeting her perfect match on a plane, Elizabeth believes higher forces were at work. “I wasn’t looking for a boyfriend that day I boarded the flight — far from it.

“They say love happens when you least expect it. It had to be fate.”

I think there’s something strangely beautiful about first interactions, especially unique ones. Well, non-creepy unique ones.  It’s probably why I like the movie “Once” so much. It’s all about that first encounter.

(Nieubreed does “How We Met” photo shoots! If you’re interested, let us know!  We’d love to capture your love story! Plus, I’d love to hear about you met your significant other!)


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