Leigh, 44, and Daniel, 52, met March 8, 1997, at the ACC Basketball Tournament. She was there with her boyfriend’s dad, who went to college with Daniel’s uncle. Daniel was sitting in the row behind Leigh and both felt an instant attraction. He was thrilled when, a few weeks later, the newly single Leigh called him. They married May 9, 1998, and live in Charlotte. Daniel tells their story.
The call: I told my buddy during a golf game how disappointed I was that Leigh was dating someone. So when my assistant later told me that Leigh was on the phone, I thought it was my friend pulling a cruel joke. It turns out Leigh found me inadvertently through directory assistance and several wrong numbers, after her friend shared the Anaïs Nin quote “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
By the sea: After nearly five weeks of getting to know each other over the phone, we were ready to meet. Coincidence would have it we would both be in San Francisco the same weekend, so we planned to get together for brunch. I was waiting nervously, wondering if I’d recognize her (since I’d mainly seen the back of her head,) but she was so beautiful when she walked in with her friend, I was instantly intimidated. She later told me she didn’t think I liked her because I barely spoke to or looked at her for most of the meal.
We later walked the Sausalito waterfront, talking freely and laughing continuously, and I had a feeling. Months later, I proposed while we were visiting Carmel, Calif.
The luckiest: After 15 years of marriage, we have two beautiful children, Liv and Luc. I could not have imagined a better marriage to the most wonderful lady in the world. Hilary Trenda
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