They’re grateful for their love story, which all started when a hot Brit crashed a New York City woman’s Thanksgiving 24 years ago.
Dina Honour was hosting a holiday meal in her two-bedroom Brooklyn pad for friends stuck in the city back in 1997, when the romantic encounter occurred, she told CNN.
Honour, 27 years old at the time and getting over a recent heartbreak, was happy to host her pals, but shocked when one brought an unexpected guest.
“I was not happy,” Honour told CNN. “But then I got a look at him. And I said ‘Okay.’”
The hunky stranger was 25-year-old Richard Steggall, who was invited last minute by the brother of a friend.
“I didn’t know what Thanksgiving was at the time, to be honest, I had no idea,” Steggall said. “Growing up in the UK, I was vaguely aware, but I had no idea of the significance of the holiday whatsoever.”
Steggall ended up at Honour’s dinner after his friend realized they’d be out of luck for a restaurant meal, with most closed on the holiday.
“I know of a party going on where they might have some food,” the friend said.
“That’s how he pitched it to us,” Steggall recalled. “We had no idea it was going be a semi-formal Thanksgiving dinner, much like Christmas would be in the UK.”
Once Steggall saw Honour, he realized the social mistake of showing up uninvited — but was enchanted by the brunette beauty.
“From the start, I was entranced by Dina,” he said.
Luckily, so was Honour.
“I thought he was very, very handsome,” she said. “You can’t make it up, right? The tall dark stranger who comes to your door on Thanksgiving.”
Steggall watched Honour circulating the room and thought “she was beautiful. To me, coming from London, she was this New York woman. She was strong, confident, sort of loud, but funny — just exuding life. And I was just smitten from the start.”
The two didn’t speak until dessert, when Honour made a reference to Shakespeare’s Ophelia and Steggall picked up on it.
“It was like a little light came on,” Honour said. “Not many guys you meet at a party — in between beer and pumpkin pie — are going to be happy to have a conversation about ‘Hamlet.’”
After dinner the group moved on to a bar, where Honour and Steggall talked exclusively, “ignoring everyone else” into the next day, when Steggall was supposed to fly back to London.
Honour went with him to the subway station to say goodbye and “felt a sense of certainty.
“It was really something intuitive and instinctive,” she told CNN.
Back at her apartment, Honour confided in her sister: “That’s the man I’m going to marry.”
They tied the knot in Manhattan in 2001 and have been together ever since.
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