Blind dinner date fuels appetite for romance
Chicago-born Jeff Young did not have high hopes when a former colleague set up a blind date for him and Georgine Leung. But it turned out to be infinitely better than he had expected.
Nutritionist Georgine, 27, and business consultant Jeff, 32, were married on November 19 at St Margaret's Church, Happy Valley. They hosted a reception at The Parlour in the Hullett House hotel, celebrating with 100 guests.
Their blind dinner date took place when they were in London three years ago. Georgine, from Hong Kong, thought it could not hurt to meet a new friend so she agreed to go along. 'To be honest, I had no expectations for what turned out to be our first date,' she said. 'We just enjoyed each other's company and had a good chat.'
To her surprise, Jeff called next day and asked if she would like to meet again. This time, they went for a picnic in a park, and spent the afternoon chatting and enjoying each other's company.
A few dates later, in September, 2009, they decided to give love a try.
'Jeff cracks the funniest jokes and I just feel so happy being with him. We always seem to be on the same wavelength,' Georgine said.
Jeff said: 'I felt at ease and really enjoyed being with her. She's smart, funny, cute and, most of all, she's the one I knew I could spend the rest of my life with as my wife and best friend.'
Jeff's career meant he had to work in Chicago for a year while Georgine remained in London. So they kept up a long-distance relationship via endless phone calls, text messages and even handwritten letters. It was during one of the long weekends Jeff spent back in London that he proposed to Georgine.
'He came a day earlier [than planned] and surprised me at my office,' she recalled.
They went to the restaurant they had been to on their first date and when they got home Jeff popped the question.
Georgine said: 'It was nothing fancy, just me and him. He'd hidden the ring in the microwave, and while I wasn't looking he opened the oven and got down on one knee.'
Coincidentally, the radio was playing their song - Daniel Bedingfield's If You're Not the One.
'I was moved to tears and speechless. It must have been only less than a minute - Jeff said it felt like ages - before I composed myself and managed to say 'yes'.'
On their wedding day, after the cake-cutting, Jeff surprised Georgine by serenading her with a saxophone performance of Misty.
'He hid it behind the DJ booth - I had no idea he'd even brought his saxophone along. It was totally unexpected and very touching.'
The couple had a Christmas honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. '[During the trip] Jeff taught me stargazing ... very romantic,' Georgine said.