You can always count on a good martini to break the ice, especially when the menu describes it as being “on the dark side of good behavior.” That was enough to intrigue two patrons at a new martini bar in Columbus, Ohio. Both Patrick and Ed ordered the cocktail and struck up a conversation that led to love. The Groom
Patrick Smith, 49, vice president of Harley-DavidsonThe Groom
Ed Seaberg, 48, director of IT operationsThe Date
They dated for more than two years before Ed proposed at Patrick’s family’s annual Christmas party. The couple soon began planning a four-year-long celebration, including a series of cocktail parties across the United States, then a private wedding ceremony in Big Sur in 2007, and ending with a traditional reception near Patrick’s hometown in Kansas.
-- Carry Chambers