Love really took off when strangers Kristen Adamson and Darren
Ashcroft were stuck at an airport.
They were grounded by a delayed flight but that was just what they needed to meet and fall in love.
Now, 18 months later, Canadian Kristen and Brit Darren have bought a house together and, in September, are to wed.
Their story began in June 2014 at Toronto airport in Canada.
Marketing executive Kristen, 26, was heading to Kenya, via
Heathrow, to volunteer at an orphanage. She had just been through a
painful break-up and had sworn off men.
But then she met Âengineering supervisor Darren, 33, who was Âwaiting for the same delayed British Airways flight.
Kristen Âapproached Darren and his pal Alex when all the people at the gate had disappeared. She had been wearing headphones and feared she had missed her flight.
She said: â€œEveryone else had been given meal vouchers and had gone to get food.â€
They asked Kristen to sit with them and trio spent the next few
hours laughing and drinking. When they finally boarded, there was
an empty seat next to Darren.
â€œWe decided I was meant to be sitting there. It was a red eye flight, everyone was sleeping but Darren and I just kept talking.
â€œWe shared our life stories and exchanged details but I thought Iâ€™d never see him again.â€
Kristen was in Kenya for nearly a month and messaged Darren every day. When she flew back home to Toronto fate once again had a hand as her plane was delayed in Heathrow.
She decided she could stay in London for the weekend and she met
Darren for dinner and drinks.
The next day he invited her to his sisterâ€™s birthday. But parting was hard.
â€œSeeing her Âdisappear through the airport was the worst. I didnâ€™t know when Iâ€™d see her again. Thatâ€™s when I knew I loved her .â€
But when Darren received Âcompensation for his
lengthy delay, he flew her back over and the couple spent three
And when Kristen got her Âpayment for the 2014 wait she Âreturned to Darren and successfully Âapplied for a visa.
â€œIt was all very fast but very Ânatural. Everything just seemed right. I got a job and we bought a house together last October. Things have been fantastic ever since.â€
In August last year, the day before the coupleâ€™s one-year anniversary, Darren popped the question with a surprise picnic.
â€œDarren said it had been a crazy year and why not make it a little bit crazier,â€ laughed Kristen.
â€œEveryone tells me they have never seen me so happy, so I guess weâ€™ve a lot to thank British Airways for. Weâ€™re marrying here in September.
â€œIt has been a whirlwind and itâ€™s only going to get more Âexciting from here on out.â€
The couple live in Wickford, Essex, and Darren said:
â€œProposing to Kristen was one of the easiest decisions of my entire life. â€œAnd Iâ€™m looking forward to spending the rest of my life with the most amazing woman Iâ€™ve ever met.â€
Source: Mirror Online