RealTravel: This Couple Met at a Wedding in Mexico
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Who: Stephanie Rudnick and Duncan Schieb, Founder Platinumhd.tv USA, a video production company
Where We Fell In Love: At our friends’ wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Relationship Status: Married with a 2-year-old son and a little girl on the way in September.
When We Met: April, 2009
(As told by Stephanie)
It’s pretty crazy, considering the night before I met first Duncan, I had a date with a great guy back home in New York. But the next morning on my flight to Mexico for my college friend’s wedding (she was marrying an Australian), I had a realization: I told myself that I was not interested in getting married or having kids. I had a great life, had traveled the world, and I was so grateful. Coupling up and having kids was never a huge priority at all for me.
And then, “Boom!” Eight hours later when I got to Mexico, I met Duncan, who was friends with the groom from boarding school.
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On the Thursday night of the wedding weekend, there was a beach bonfire barbecue where the tequila was flowing. I met Duncan at the bar (naturally). We hit it off right away. Neither of us was looking for a serious relationship, especially after finding out we lived on opposite sides of the world (Duncan, like the groom, is Australian)! But it was love at first sight, which I’d always thought was crap.
This pic was taken in Mexico, literally minutes after Steph first met Duncan. She says: “I feel like this looks like we’d known each other forever.” (Photo: Stephanie Rudnick)
We spent the entire night partying with our friends and didn’t leave each other’s side the rest of the long weekend. Being a typical New York woman I was playing it very carefully, expecting games, an awkward weekend, and a sad goodbye. But Duncan — like, I’ve come to realize, most Aussie men — is not wishy-washy like American men and doesn’t play games. They’re straightforward, no-b.s. kinds of guys.
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We didn’t leave each other’s side until Monday morning, when he flew with the bride and groom for the first week of their honeymoon in Guatemala. I met them in Guatemala City; the groom had invited a small group of us to join them on a boating trip through Guatemala and Belize (at the time the most highly pirated waters on earth). When we got to the port after a six-hour drive in a small van, all excited to get on our “yacht,” we were welcomed by a true Guatemalan catamaran (Las Sirenas). Let’s just say, it was not luxurious. We spent the first two days in life vests holding on for dear life as the waters were choppy. There were no showers so we didn’t shave or really shower for all seven days. It was rough and the other guests were less than thrilled, but Duncan and I were gaga in love so nothing mattered.