Stephanie Ann Quintero and Eric Michael Wall did not know each other when they walked out of a Dallas hotel with 14 colleagues one morning in December 2018. Both employees of the accounting firm Deloitte – she was in the Boston office , he’s in Detroit – boarding a bus to a conference at nearby Deloitte University, the company’s leadership hub.
Mr. Wall, 33, said: “I heard a lot of noise coming from the Boston crowd.
“She was talking about the Miami Dolphins and many other things,” Mr. Wall said. “I didn’t listen much when I was staring, because she was absolutely beautiful.”
Ms. Quintero, 32, also noticed Mr. Wall.
Quintero, who was on a 15-member delegation from the Deloitte Boston branch, said: “He was a very handsome guy. Mr. Wall is the sole representative of Detroit.
“We felt terrible when Eric sat alone,” Quintero said, “so we adopted him by dragging him into our conversation.”
Since then, the two have not communicated much. “Conferences are mostly business,” Ms. Quintero said. But she and Mr. Wall talked long enough to exchange contact information, and she asked him for a permanent invitation to visit her in Boston at a time of his choosing.
Two weeks later, that moment came for Mr. Tuong. He reached out via text message to Miss Quintero and told her he was planning to visit her – and hopefully take her out on a date.
Ms. Quintero responded with some good news, telling Mr. Wall that she cared about him too. Then there was some bad news: that she was studying for the bar exam at the time, and had to “focus,” she recalls telling him, and asking Tuong if they could “review our situation—behind the scenes.”
Mr. Wall thinks Ms. Quintero is ripping him off and has decided to treat her as nothing more than a friend. Their relationship remained strong until June 2019, when the two were assigned by Deloitte to work on a project together in India for six weeks.
“Even though India is a business for us, I still find Eric as fascinating as when I first saw him on the bus,” Ms. Quintero said. They decided to visit London and Paris during their move to India; It was in Paris that they shared their first kiss.
“I had a policy that I wouldn’t date people who worked in the same office as me,” Ms. Quintero said. “But I liked Eric so much that I broke my own rules.”
During a weekend trip to Dubai – where they had to pretend to be married so they could share a hotel room – the couple formalized their relationship. At the end of the India project, each said that they loved each other. And about 12 hours after their respective flights back from India, Mr. Wall flew from Detroit to Boston to visit Ms. Quintero. A distant relationship ensued.
But they won’t be apart for long. In May 2020, a few months later Covid After a collision, Mr. Wall and Mrs. Quintero decided to move to Denver together.
“Eric wanted to move there before we started flirting and convinced me it would be the perfect place to live,” said Ms. Quintero, who can work remotely while still holding the position of office manager. Deloitte in Boston said. Mr. Wall became a supervisor at the CBIZ accounting firm in Denver.
On January 17, 2021, they got engaged in Aspen, Colo., with Mr. Wall “on one knee, really old school,” as Ms. Quintero describes it.
They were married on January 16 by Chaplain Emily Hyatt at The St. Vrain in Longmont, Colo., in front of 96 vaccinated guests.
Although her courtship with Mr. Wall took a while to begin, “I have grandparents in their 90s who have been married for 70 years,” the bride said. “They are the main reason I believe in marriage.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/28/fashion/weddings/stephanie-quintero-eric-wall-wedding.html A corporate bus ride sets their romance in motion