A last name wasn't the only thing Elisa and Michelle had in common. They shared friends too and first met at a mutual pal's birthday party. They didn't get to talk much there, but Michelle got Elisa's email address. The two exchanged emails and Elisa came to Michelle's birthday party a week after they met. They went on their first date soon after. The Bride
Elisa Stone, 46, teaching program coordinatorThe Bride
Michelle Stone, 34, English teacherThe Date
On their one-year anniversary, they went for a walk around Berkeley Marina. Though Michelle wanted to go back to the car, Elisa insisted that they head to a grassy knoll—that's where she popped the question. To return the favor, Michelle surprised Elisa with a ring two weeks later.
-- Meredith Bodgas