Amy and Brian LaReau's romance started with a "wink" from Brian back in 2003.
Even though it was an electronic flirt through an online dating site, it had the desired effect on Amy. The two San Jose residents began emailing, getting to know each other through cyber correspondence for a couple of weeks, then exchanged phone numbers, had a five-hour phone chat and finally arranged to meet.
"For our initial meeting," Amy says, "I suggested a Starbucks on Julian and The Alameda, which was away from both of our neighborhoods in case he turned out to be weird or something!"
Fortunately, he wasn't. "Besides the fact that I thought Brian was really hot, I was so impressed with his manners," Amy says. "I was a few minutes late because I had to take care of my mother, who was ill at the time, and I dashed into Starbucks a bit frazzled. There's always that bit of uncertainty when individuals first meet, but Brian walked right up to me and greeted me with such a warm hug and asked what I'd like to order -- I just immediately relaxed and felt comfortable with him right at that point."
Then they talked. And talked. And talked some more, until the baristas closed the coffee house for the night. But that didn't stop the conversation. Brian and Amy kept on chatting for three more hours, outside the Starbucks.
"It was a work night, too, and I knew that I would need to rise in a few short hours," Amy says. "I went into work tired, but literally floating on cloud nine. I know that my colleagues still remember that day. Something just felt right, and I knew Brian was 'the one.' "
The two married in 2007, and because Brian works for an engineering consulting firm which has an office in London, they now split their time between homes in London and San Jose.
-- Angela Hill, Staff
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