Michael Ramsey rummaged through Craigslist to find fishing equipment.
Instead, he found a bride.
His mouse wandered over to the personals, then to Lisa Rose's ad. She described how important family is to her (Lisa has two sons), how she absolutely adores the art of cooking.
"I love to cook. What am I going to do with all this food?" she wrote. At home, it was just her and her 18-year-old, Kyle.
Michael, now 37, sent her an email telling her how he was a grandma's boy, how he also has a teenager — and how much he loves to eat.
"Don't send me pics because I won't send you pics," she said to him. Lisa, now 41, didn't want her search for love to be based on vanity alone. (She was wary of placing the ad to begin with — afraid of the weirdos it could attract — but her mother encouraged her to do it.)
Lisa and Michael agreed to meet at a Tarpon Springs Chili's — about halfway between his home in Dunedin and hers in Port Richey. Lisa was sitting in her truck when a handsome stranger with a goatee and a black suede jacket knocked on her window.
As they polished off a couple of chicken dishes, they realized how well this was going.
"His personality was wonderful. I didn't care what he looked like," Lisa says.
Their next date: He invited her over for a homemade meal.
She doesn't remember exactly what he whipped up, but remembers it was pretty tasty. (Perhaps she was so tickled by her new guy, she barely noticed the food.)
On Christmas Day 2010, a year after they met, Michael gave Lisa a special Christmas gift. After they ripped open presents and had lunch, Michael proposed with a sparkling solitaire diamond. "It's simple and elegant … just like you," he said.
Michael, who works for a sports memorabilia company, and Lisa, a software programmer, were married Oct. 6. Hundreds of multicolored paper roses and daisies decorated Largo's already stunning Walsingham Park for the wedding. Lisa and her mom spent nearly a year folding and snipping every single flower.
That's not even the coolest part about Lisa and Michael's fall nuptials. Lisa found her gorgeous satin A-line gown at Goodwill. For $75. (Score!)
The couple spent the day surrounded by family … and by food.
Two of their very favorite things.
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