Talk about online love! Beverly French met Josh Lovell on eHarmony in April 2013. The couple began their first week together with a five-hour FaceTime that was soon followed by several successful dates at Satellite Bar and Lounge in downtown Wilmington. Bev and Josh dated for 10 months after that, and then Josh popped the question in February 2014.
Jenna Smith and Ken Johnson found each other online while he attended flight school for the U.S. Marine Corps in Pensacola, Florida. Four years of long-distance dating later, they returned to Florida for a Disney World vacation and, to Jenna's surprise, a proposal on the beach at the Polynesian Resort, beneath the Magic Kingdom's fireworks.
Ali Bowen and Rick Duncklee met at a Fox and Hound restaurant, where they had intended to watch a Red Sox/Yankees game on television. The game, it turned out, wasn't on, and the two, along with their respective groups of friends, traveled together to different bars until they finally found one showing it. After the mini-adventure, Ali and Rick sat together, enjoyed the game and, apparently, each other, because they became inseparable from that point on.
After participating in two wedding shows, BAC executive director Richard Leder was less than thrilled. To his way of thinking, it was unrealistic to try and sell the huge, magnificent, 123-year-old church, the beautiful, circa-1906 church manse next door, and the large, private, gorgeous courtyard behind the manse in a 10-by-10, pipe-and-drape little booth. "Why am I trying to sell my venue in another venue?" Leder asked himself. The answer was loud and clear: Leder decided that the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews would host its own wedding show.
Lauren Mumbalo and her husband, Gary Langdon, met in Atlanta, Georgia. Their love story, while not typical, is the kind of romantic tale everyone loves to hear. They spent three months together and then he left for boot camp with the Marines. Ever since their first parting, they have worked at a long-distance relationship. "We were willing to wait for each other since we both knew we had found the one," says Lauren.
Six years ago, Paige McKenzie and Derek Kon were transfer students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington when they met through mutual friends. Paige has transferred from a school in Greensboro to study marketing and Derek had transferred from Worcester, Massachusetts, to major in finance. Over time, as they became more serious about their relationship and knew they were going to spend their lives together, they chose to wait for financial stability before sharing their vows.