It is Friday morning, which means it's time again for StoryCorps. People are sharing stories about their lives and loved ones with this project. And today we'll hear about the courtship of Steven Ketcham and Alexandra Budny. They first met ten years ago. But that might have never happened if it weren't for a plot by their parents.

ALEXANDRA KETCHAM: My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. And she had just left her company, so she lost health insurance. So she had to sell our house to pay for it. She sold our house and rented your dad's house. So, they found out that they both have single kids in their 20s, and they decided that we were perfect for each other.

STEVEN KETCHAM: The first time I met your mom, she came up to me and said it's a pleasure to meet you. My name is Nadia. I'm going to be your future mother-in-law. The first words out of her mouth. .

KETCHAM: And we hadn't even met yet.

KETCHAM: And we hadn't even met.

KETCHAM: So my mom invited you to dinner. And the second I found out about it I said, call him up. Dis-invite him. You're not setting me up.

KETCHAM: And I was pretty disappointed about that as well, because I remember my stepmother had showed me pictures. And I was like, wow. She's really cute. I would love to get to know her.

KETCHAM: They had to find another way for us to meet.

KETCHAM: They concocted this story. My father wanted me to go and help him move our stuff out of the rental property, and then your mother showed up with you. But we didn't really hit it off that first day.

KETCHAM: My mom called you every day that week, to get you to the house to help her move. So we spent a week together - long, long hours - and by the end of it, we were dating.

KETCHAM: You know, your mother was diagnosed, actually, when we first started dating.

KETCHAM: Yeah. We met because of her diagnosis.

KETCHAM: Yeah. And then she past a couple years later. But it bonded us together, because we were forced to either support each other, or just move on.

KETCHAM: Right. And when mom died, we bought the house.

KETCHAM: You know, I think our parents, they realized that if we worked at this, we could create something beautiful.

KETCHAM: So today is our wedding day. We got married around noon in City Hall.

KETCHAM: I don't even think I said, I do. I said, of course I do, because that's how I felt. You know, I don't think I've ever been so certain about anything in my entire life.

KETCHAM: I'm the luckiest girl in the world. And I will never let you out of my grip.


INSKEEP: Alexandra and Steven Ketcham at StoryCorps in New York City. Their conversation will be archived at the Library of Congress. And you can read more from Alexandra and Steven in the new book, "All There Is: Love Stories From StoryCorps."



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