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Falling in love with the pilates instructor: A stretch in London turns into marriage and an H-Town studio

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Neil and Kristen Dimmock were married in London where they met. Photo by © Sarah London
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Kristen Eloe grew up in Austin and graduated from Texas Christian University before landing a job in advertising in London. It was, she says, "a work hard/play hard type of job that brought with it an equal share of rewards and stress."

In search of stress release and in response to a claim in Vogue magazine that a new style of pilates could change your body in 10 sessions, Kristen and a girlfriend found a studio and signed up. And it was there, of all places, that love bloomed. There she met master trainer and studio manager Neil Dimmock.

 A year after that initial pilates class with Neil as her instructor, they became engaged. 

"I was immediately impressed by his confidence, passion and, of course, good looks," she recalls.  "I got in touch with him over Facebook, and soon we were inseparable. We both just knew immediately. We brought out the best in each other and were simply happier together than apart."

A year after that initial pilates class with Neil as her instructor, they became engaged. Last April, they were married in London in the same registry office where Paul McCartney recently wed.  

"After the ceremony, we walked to Regent's Park and had champagne and photos taken with the spring-time flowers blooming."

Ready to give up the high-stress advertising world, Kristen and Neil decided to start a completely new life together. So after "a lot of difficult goodbyes," they left London and moved to Houston where Kristen had friends. Their daughter, Ellie Rose, was born last June.

This March, they open their own dynamic reformer pilates studio, Green Park Pilates, "named after the area in London where we first met and where our lives really began." They count themselves among the very lucky to have a situation in which they both live and work together.

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