America’s Most Captivating Couples 2009, Part I

Between new friends and familiar favorites, choosing the most delightful duos of 2009 was no easy task. But our hard work paid off and here we present part 1 of this year’s most captivating couples! Look for more couples in the March issue!

Gretchen & Cricket

New York, New York
Gretchen, 37, Senior Manager, Risk Management
Cricket, 41, Artist, Doll Designer

Last year Gretchen and Cricket took the plunge and got married. As a first anniversary present to themselves, the couple bought an art gallery out West. “We named it Studio Miska, and it’s in the same artists’ colony as Cricket’s mom,” says Gretchen. They have an adorable Pomeranian pup, Poppet, and often spend weekends around Washington, D.C., with Gretchen’s two sons, Griffith and Andy. “We had to put our first date on hold because Cricket was stranded an hour and a half away from the city. She was stuck on a stalled boat in the middle of a lake.” Worried her crazy excuse sounded like a blow-off, Cricket backed up her story with a cell phone picture of herself waiting in the boat for help. “We can’t claim that every day has been smooth sailing, but we’ve strived to build a loving and happy relationship through honesty, compromise and a great big dose of humor.”

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