Back in 1986, Candace and Chris Richter worked in different departments of their Los Angeles company and occasionally saw each other in meetings. But romance didn't spark until their office Halloween party.

That's when Chris made his move -- and it was a pretty "cheeky move," Candace recalls.

For the party, Candace outfitted herself as a kangaroo -- as in a full-body, zip-up costume complete with a tail and a "joey" in a front pouch. As she and other employees gathered in the lobby, waiting for the party to officially start, she noticed people whispering and casting nervous glances her way.

"Have you seen Chris Richter's costume?" someone asked.

Within seconds, Chris, sporting a bright, curly red wig and dressed head to toe in "thrift shop funk," descended the stairs.

"Oh, you're Little Orphan Annie," Candace called out.

The room fell silent, Candace recalls, as she noticed Chris toss his hair and trot down the steps in an eerily familiar way. And then everyone started laughing, and Candace couldn't help but join in because she realized Chris wasn't doing Orphan Annie.

"He was supposed to be me!" she says. She was "horribly embarrassed" but decided to "take it like a champ. I laughed along with the gang and posed for several photos with this brazen, yet devilishly handsome young man," she says.

Remembering that imitation is, of course, the most sincere form of flattery, she became friends with Chris. Their office friendship soon blossomed into dating. They became engaged the following year and married in the spring of 1989.

"Twenty seven years -- and two sons -- later, we're still the life of the party," Candace says. "We even enjoy hosting a good costume ball now and then. And that curly red wig? We still have it."

-- Martha Ross, Staff

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