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Elizabeth and Robert Winters

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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?

Elizabeth, 84, and Robert, 86, met when each took a chance in May 1998: Elizabeth by placing a personal ad, Robert by calling in response. It didn’t take long to realize each had found their match: The couple married Dec. 16, 1998 in Las Vegas. They live in Charlotte and both tell their story.

Connections: Elizabeth’s ad sought a kind, romantic and active man who enjoyed the outdoors, music, traveling, cooking and dogs. “Sweep me off my feet,” it said, so Robert decided to call. During our first conversation, which lasted two hours, we discovered he had known my son-in-law for 13 years, as both attended Temple Beth El.

Little things: The first time he came over for dinner, neither of Elizabeth’s dogs barked. She later said if the dogs loved Robert, he must be “the one.” We were driving through Florence, S.C., when he asked if Elizabeth had considered marriage, and she had. “Let’s get down to the real business of who we are,” he said. We didn’t stop for a kiss, but Robert still claims this was a proposal.

Meant to be: We took a trip to Las Vegas and married at 3 p.m. in a chapel called “We Have Only Just Begun.” That’s our song, and as we were on our way back to the room after dinner, we heard Karen Carpenter singing it over the PA system. We renewed our vows two years later on Dec. 16 at Temple Beth El.

Doubly blessed: We’re both retired, have a nice home, a lovely family and many good friends. Each year we celebrate two anniversaries: our first date and our wedding. Who could ask for anything more? Hilary Trenda


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