We first met in fifth form at Wentworth College – Ryan was being introduced to our English class and someone needed to take him to science, so being super kind I volunteered. We quickly became friends and then he asked me out at a party one night – and I said no! Then spent the following three weeks was wishing he would ask me again… Luckily our school ball came around and he asked me – that was nine years ago. Ryan would say I chased him.
We met in 2013 when I photographed Ed at the restaurant where he was sous chef, while documenting a special event dinner. A few weeks later our paths crossed again at a barbecue and the sparks flew as we washed dishes. We were pretty much inseparable after that and have now designed our lives so hospitality hours won’t keep us apart. This winter we’re opening a restaurant together, so our marriage is as partners in life, love, friendship and business.
My passion is food and Stephen’s is music, which makes for a good party! Our families are an incredibly important aspect of our lives and we love spending time with them – my family loves to wine and dine and Stephen’s are extremely active, so there have been some adjustments for all of us!
Stephen and I met in a bar after a Will.i.am concert. I was trying to chat up Will.i.am (though in hindsight it was more like pester). When that was unsuccessful, I moved on to Stephen!
I came to New Zealand from Mexico in 2012 with a working holiday visa to work and travel for a year and take a break from my job. I met Eddie while I was waitressing at a pub in Auckland, he worked on the kitchen team. We went for heaps of coffee, walking and skate dates and before I knew it he’d showed me the whole North Island and surprised me with a visit in Queenstown when I went to work there for the winter.
Mike and I actually grew up minutes from one another, we later found out. We went to the same high school, but we didn’t really meet until our first year at university about 10 years ago. Actually, we had one exchange in high school in our maths class – Mike came up to me and said, “I like your style,” and that was the end of it until we were formally introduced by a mutual friend.