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Sarah and Ken Harris

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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?

Sarah, 31, and Ken, 42, found one another at just the right time in their lives. Introduced by a friend in February 2008, Sarah and Ken weren’t looking for a relationship, as both had recently been separated and become single parents. But as they got to know one another, the couple knew it was meant to be. They married Nov. 20, 2009 and live in Charlotte. Ken tells their story.

Bleak: In fall 2007, I lost my marriage, my job and my father in the span of a couple of months. By February, I was the single father to two daughters, both under the age of 5. One day my friend insisted I come over “to meet someone.” I was in no mood, but was definitely curious. I couldn’t tell you a single thing about what Sarah was wearing or what we talked about, just that she had gorgeous eyes and a beautiful smile. I knew immediately that Sarah was incredible and when I left, it was with her contact information.

When you know: Our first date at (the former) M5 at SouthPark was a blur. The only thing I really remember is how I couldn’t stop thinking about her, and how the more I learned about Sarah, the more I realized how perfect we were for each other.

Better days: From the time I met Sarah, things started to turn around, for both of us. Within a year we both had new jobs and were in much better places with our lives. During a long-overdue vacation to Mexico in August 2009, I popped the question.

Ever after: We didn’t have a fancy wedding, we didn’t need one. Our dreams came true at the courthouse because we finally had what we needed – each other. Nearly five years (and two more kids) later, we are as in love as we have ever been.

Hilary Trenda


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