Mark, 32, and Amanda, 31, met inadvertently through co-workers and joke it must have been destiny. The two married July 18, 2009, and on each anniversary Amanda still thanks her co-worker. Amanda tells their story.
Blind date pass: My co-worker tried to set me up on a blind date with her husband’s college roommate, Mark, while I was going through a breakup about six years ago. Mark had been in their wedding, and from the photos she brought in I thought he was good-looking, but wasn’t interested in a blind date.
Small world: A year later I was out with a group of friends at Coyote Joe’s when a random girl came up to our table and started chatting with me about our jobs. When she mentioned where she worked it sparked a faint memory of Mark, and I said I’d heard of a guy who worked there. She replied, “That is my friend, he is sitting right behind me!” So, we started talking.
Go State: Mark is a huge N.C. State fan and alumnus and there was a football game on the big screen. He was more enthralled with watching that than meeting me. But his co-worker and I had exchanged numbers and she later called to ask if I would mind if she gave my number to Mark. He called a few days later, we went on a dinner date and talked for hours.
Thanks again: Mark is spontaneous and his blue eyes stood out to me. So did the way he carried himself. He’d gone straight from college to being on his own and I admired that. We dated two years and were engaged for one, and we both credit our co-workers (and the series of wild coincidences) for pushing us together. Hilary Trenda
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