One of my favorite parts of writing real weddings is getting to hear about how each couple met—I've heard sweet stories, hilarious stories, touching stories, bordering-on-scandalous stories...I thought I'd heard it all. That is, until I picked up a copy of The Heart of the City. Inspired by his own parents' tale of meeting in New York City's Washington Square Park, writer Ariel Sabar takes on the field of environmental psychology, specifically the theory that public places can encourage people to take the first steps toward falling in love. The book recounts, in novelistic detail, the serendipitous true stories of nine couples who fell in love and married after first meeting in one of New York City's iconic public spaces. There's the runaway teenager who meets a sailor in Central Park in 1941, eventually resulting in a marriage of 64 years; the college girl visiting from Minnesota who asks an NYPD officer to take her photo in Times Square; the lost Filipino tourist who asks a Brooklyn man for directions on the subway; the violist who accidentally trips into the man walking in front of her by Carnegie Hall. Each story is undeniably sweet—even the most hardcore cynic couldn't deny that this book is utterly heartwarming. Definitely an excellent choice if you're looking for some light pre-wedding (or honeymoon) reading! The Heart of the City is available on amazon.com for about $17.
Tell me: Where did you and your fiancé(e) meet? —Lauren Matthews