Falling in love
True love: Sometimes opposites really do attract
Curtis Cox was the quiet one among the gung-ho partiers at that SMU spring break celebration in Puerta Vallarta. Lauren Aglubat took notice.
She and 20 or so girlfriends had rented a swell house for the annual college break. He and his buddies were staying at another place in the Mexican beach resort. One day, the guys dropped by to check out the girls sunning by the pool. Lauren, the outgoing and vivacious type, spotted him. "This guy wasn't talking at all and was extremely shy," she recalled.
So she took it upon herself to chat him up. He responded with an economy of interest.
Back on the SMU campus, their paths began to cross more frequently. Her winning personality was a sunny counterpoint to his quiet nature and before long the thaw set in. Things heated up. Romance ensued. They dated for three years before he proposed.
He chose his family's ranch where he popped the question while they were sitting on the dock by the lake at sunset. The young lady from Lutherville, Md., was over the moon with joy and tears flowed. In a really nice touch, Curtis had flown Lauren's parents and brother in from Maryland to be part of the weekend surprise.
"It's funny to think," she says, "that this 'shy guy' ended up being the most truly genuine person I have ever met."
The two, who seemed so different on that day in Puerta Vallarta, wed in March at Chapelwood United Methodist Church. Other than Lauren's vivaciousness and his quiet side, the two say they have everything in common. They are so close today, in fact, that Curtis recently gave her a romantic charm of a pea pod with two little peas inside.
They live in Houston where he works for an oil and gas trading firm and she works with A Fare Extraordinaire, which, by the way, catered their wedding reception.
Wednesday: How Valentino executive chef Cunninghame West and wife Linda found love in a restaurant kitchen.