How I met my wife with a beer belly

Stephen Liu
May 3, 2018 · 4 min read

In every setup, there are three sides to every story — yours, theirs and the matchmaker.

This is the story of how I snagged the woman of my dreams… even though I didn’t quite look like the man of her dreams.

Back in my single days, I was quite involved in the Los Angeles community, and I hosted a ton of events. I never had any trouble with socializing; in fact, I was meeting new people and going out on dates all the time. There was just one problem: these dates never seemed to stick.

Back in February 2010, I was attending an Oscar-viewing fundraiser together with my buddy Teddy. Upon arriving at the venue, I said my hellos and was quickly introduced to a woman named Linda.

Wow, she was beautiful. The room was packed but as far as I was concerned, she was the only person in the room. For me it was love at first sight. I learned that she grew up in Seoul, South Korea and received two degrees from the Art Center College of Design in California. She had just landed a creative director position at a motion graphics agency.

The more I talked to Linda, the more I wanted to get her to know more. I didn’t want our conversation to end, so I just kept buying her apple martinis — three to be exact. I really felt like we hit it off!

Here’s what I didn’t know: me meeting Linda wasn’t a coincidence.

My buddy Teddy actually met Linda earlier in the evening, and set out to discreetly serve as my wingman. He wanted to Linda to meet me. I was completely unaware of this back then, but Teddy struck up a deal with the event host, and got him to bring me over to Linda’s table as soon as I arrived that night.

Cute story, huh? Well, it gets even better.

Again, I didn’t know this back then, but as it turns out, Teddy spoke to Linda before I asked her for her number, and convinced her to give me a shot. Yup, when Linda went to the bathroom — between apple martini two and three — Teddy approached her, and asked her about me.

“So…what do you think of Steve?”

Linda sheepishly admitted that while I was “funny” and “nice,” I wasn’t really her type. After some prodding, he was able to determine that my beer belly might have been a factor.


But apparently, Teddy went into best friend mode, extolling all of my virtues. He learned that she didn’t have great luck in past relationships and was able to convince her that maybe it was time to switch things up and consider dating someone she normally wouldn’t go for.

Whatever Teddy said to Linda really got her thinking.

The rest, as they say, is history.

I asked Linda for her number, and she gave it to me. We started dating, I popped the question the next year, and then we got married. Teddy was my best man… he earned it. We now have an adorable 3-year-old, Kingston!

I may not look like Prince Charming, but I am living the happily ever after… with a little help from my friend.

Seeing as how we would never have gotten together without Teddy’s endorsement, Linda and I created M8, a human-powered matchmaking platform where your friends can help you find your special someone. We were recently featured at Techcrunch Disrupt.

Honestly: up till today, Linda and I are still talking about that fateful day when we met, and we’re insanely grateful to Teddy for engineering it all. We thought — what better way to pass on the love, than to create a platform where friends can help matchmake their friends?

If you’re single and hoping to find love, then enlisting your friends’ help is the best way to go. They already know your character and quirks, which makes their recommendations more tailored and effective than what any generic dating app can offer. If you’re already happily attached, then here’s your chance to play matchmaker, and help your friends reach their Happily Ever After.

This is why Linda and I created M8 — a human-powered relationship matchmaking platform where your friends are part of the magic!

You can download our IOS app here.

Linda’s Side of the Story:

Teddy’s Side of the Story:


This post originally appeared in P.S. I Love You.

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