Falling in love
These legal eagles soared out of the courtroom and down the aisle
Like a scene from Boston Legal or the Deep End, Laura Spalding tried her first case before a jury at the tender age of 26. The partner with Davis McMath & Davis, who was supposed to assist the nervous young associate, failed to fully focus on the trial or Laura's needs. But out in the courtroom, Laura saw a familiar face — that of seasoned lawyer John Spalding, partner with Hanen, Alexander & Spalding. He had come not only to watch the young beauty but also to help. He spent much of the trial scribbling strategy notes and forwarding them to her.
"He was there both days of the trial and I relied on his advice heavily. It also meant the world to me," Laura recalled.
The two had met earlier when their law firms were working on a large case together. Even though they were assigned to different aspects of the case, the Davis McMath partners kept bringing Laura in when John was in the office. She didn't get it. Then when he showed up at one of her depositions, she assumed he was checking her competency. Thanks a lot. When he slipped her a note on his way out, she expected the worst.
"I thought that it was going to be full of suggestions, but it was playful and flattering and made a lot of fun of the other lawyer against whom I was taking the deposition. It was hard to stifle my laughter," she e-mailed.
A friendship was born over many lunches together and John asked her to handle the case of a friend. With that, he made daily visits to her office. Then came that jury trial where John sat in to aid Laura.
"Before we both knew it, we fell in love," she recalled. "We never expected to do so."
They became engaged in Dallas on a special night that began with limo transport with champagne and roses from the airport to dinner at the Old Warsaw to a performance of Beauty & the Beast (they had seen it together in New York). They decided to wed a year later at the Plaza Hotel in New York.
But the passions burned. They couldn't wait. In the end, they were quietly wed in Houston — just the two of them and the minister. They celebrated alone that night at Tony's. Three months later, they held a reception there with 70 of their nearest and dearest.
Fast forward a decade. Laura stopped practicing law to raise a family. They had two children together. And they remained so much in love that they were married again on their 10th anniversary. But this time it was in Santorini, Greece. They have the papers — in English and in Greek — to prove it.
Last in a series. Thanks to all the couples for sharing their love stories.