Love at first sight? Nah. When painter/illlustrator Tracey Atkinson first met new-media artist/designer (and my former People.com colleague) Paul Notzold at The Brooklyn Inn in January 2007, romantic lightning didn’t strike. But Paul walked Tracey home in the rain, so she agreed to see him again. Then she gave him a broken umbrella and sent him back to his own place! He showed up for their first proper date with a new umbrella for her. “It took a while before I saw ‘the diamond in the rough,'” Tracey told me in an email. But “once we started transporting my cat back and forth between our apartments, it became clear that we were always together and liked it that way.” Flash forward four years and Tracey and Paul are happily married with a bouncing baby boy. No wonder songs are written about umbrellas!
After Paul proposed on a bridge over the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, they were married at City Hall in August 2010.