Couples share tales of romance

  • Brigitte Laurent and Patrick Amiot at their home in Sebastopol, Calif., on February 2, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

How we fell in love. Those five words are the stuff of legend in any worthwhile relationship. He remembers it this way, she remembers it that way.

Over time, the story evolves with each retelling.

It's the beginning of the movie. Her hair was "this big" — cue the outstretched hands. His cologne was so heavy she had to roll down the car window.

Friends and relatives know how it opens. The chance meeting or the awkward set-up. There's the first-date scene and eventually the meet-the-parents scene. The soundtrack fades in and out.

As Valentine's Days come and go, some may brand it a Hallmark holiday or complain it's only one day out of the year. But the spirit is still all about love.

Here's a trip down memory lane with a few Sonoma County couples who still remember how they fell in love, long after Cupid drew back his bow.

Charlie and Lisa Palmer

These days, star chef Charlie Palmer and his wife, Lisa, oversee an empire of restaurants and hotels that started with Aureole in Manhattan before spawning Charlie Palmer Steakhouses around the country, along with Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg and the Burritt Room in San Francisco.

But back in 1990 in Manhattan, he was a young, hot chef turning heads with daring oil infusions and she was the general manager at Jean-Georges restaurant.

They hardly knew each other when he invited her to his annual Halloween party. She politely declined, saying she'd be too busy working that night. So he sent a car to pick her up.

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