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Love Stories Readers’ tales of romance


Sandra Hardin and Wes Belew

Love letters
We’re looking for young married couples to tell us how they fell in love. How did you meet? What were your first impressions? How was your first date? What attracted you to each other?

Sandy, 56, and Wes, 69, met in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2001. She was the property manager of a 13-story office building; he was a financial contractor and potential tenant. Neither was thinking about marriage as they got to know one another, but in 2011 the couple married in Charlotte. Sandy tells their story.

Office mates: Wes was hired to turn around a law company in the building. I would see him in the halls and we’d talk about common interests. After thecompany closed, we were doing a walk-through of the office and I agreed to have dinner with him when he got back from Belgium.

Increased interest: For the next two weeks, Wes and I got to know one another through email and phone calls. I was divorced and not thinking of marriage and he never planned to remarry either. Later he was in Antigua meeting with a potential client on 9/11 and couldn’t get a flight out for nearly a week. He said it was during that time he knew he wanted me in his life.

Moving forward: When Wes got back we went for pizza and wine at one of our favorite places. While the waiter was pouring the wine, Wes pulled out a ring and proposed. Needless to say, the waiter poured wine all over the table, and I said yes.

Perfect example: We ended up living in Antigua for nine months and eventually moved to Charlotte in 2007, to be closer to my son in Hendersonville. People say that at our age you cannot find love. We are living proof it can happen when you least expect it. Hilary Trenda


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