Coupled: A quick stop for carryout food leads to a wedding for this pair of twin souls

CINCINNATI - They are among the happiest milestones in our lives, so WCPO shares the joy of engagements, weddings and commitment ceremonies around the Tri-State.

  • Recently Married: Dane and Leslie Billingsley
  • Wedding Date: April 4, 2014
  • Location of Wedding/Reception: Elements Event Centre, Cincinnati

Leslie Stephens, daughter of Therese Barnes of Cincinnati, was married to Dane Billingsley, son of Tracey Billingsley of Dayton, on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Photo by Michael Bambino.

Mrs. Billingsley is a distribution planner for Procter & Gamble, and Mr. Billingsley works for the City of Cincinnati. The couple met one evening, quite unexpectedly, at Buffalo Wild Wings.

The groom was out for dinner and drinks with co-workers and the bride was simply stopping in to pick up dinner for herself. When Mr. Billingsley saw her waiting in the takeout line, he knew there was something special about her.

Without a doubt, he says now, it was love at first sight for him. He walked right up to her and asked for her number.

“He had the biggest grin on his face. His eyes were even smiling,” the bride recalled. “He loves to tell everyone that I waited three months to call him, but it was two weeks. I was going out of town two days after we met so I didn’t call him until I got back. I told him he needed to work on his patience.”

Mr. Billingsley did just that. Over the course of their courtship, he not only won her heart, but her friendship and devotion as well.

The pair describe themselves as best friends, or as the bride jokingly says, “Dane is my ace and my homey!” The couple also describes themselves as twin souls. With birthdays just two days apart, they share very similar personalities, and are often even able to finish one another’s sentences.

Both grew up in single-parent homes, so they are learning as they go when it comes to building their relationship. They feel that it is up to them to create their own model and pass on those values to the children they hope to have in the future.

The two say their connection to one another is like nothing else either has ever experienced, and their friends and family agree.

“All of our friends and family immediately noticed our chemistry and how happy we were together,” said the bride. “Before we even said, ‘I love you,’ our love was beaming off of us.”

The bride said if she had to simplify it, she would say that their love is much like the song, “All of Me.” by John Legend: fun, real, committed and complete.

Their only major plan for the near future is to take a trip to Aruba for their first anniversary. Beyond that, they like to limit specific plans and view the uncertainties of the future as a welcome adventure. They currently live in Greater Cincinnati, but as to the future, says the bride, “We are open to whatever life brings us.”

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