Meet your M8 with a Little Help From Your Friends.
Our story isn’t about love at first sight. But it is about happily ever after, and the friends that help you get there.
Stephen Liu had no trouble meeting new people. He was a prominent figure in the Asian-American community who frequently hosted charity events. As a result, his social life was hectic, which often put a strain on his dating life. He was recently single.
One night in February, Stephen attended an Oscar-viewing charity party. Stephen’s best friend Teddy Zee, who just happened to produce the Will Smith matchmaking movie Hitch, was already making his rounds and ran into a woman named Linda Kim who he thought would be a good fit for Stephen and arranged to introduce them.
Linda had recently received a promotion as creative director of a marketing agency. She was very passionate about her profession, who was also kind, but for some reason, she just kept picking Mr. Wrong. For this reason, Linda felt hesitant about pursuing a new relationship without the insurance of a second opinion.
The chemistry was there. For the next few hours, Stephen and Linda laughed, talked, and enjoyed each other's company over apple martinis.
Stephen was impressed by Linda, who had accomplished so much in her creative design world. As an entrepreneur, he appreciated her drive, passion, and entrepreneurial spirit. He already knew that he wanted to pursue things further, and his friends could tell.
During a natural break in the conversation, Stephen and Linda parted ways briefly to catch up with other friends. Teddy approached Linda to do some recon:
TEDDY: "So what did you think of Steve?"
LINDA: "Oh, he's really friendly. And funny. And really, really nice."
LINDA: "Well, he's just probably not my type."
Not satisfied, Teddy pressed on...
TEDDY: "Why, what's the reason?"
Linda was not one to be dishonest, she sheepishly admitted...
LINDA: "Well...um... he's kinda got a beer belly..."
Teddy, knew already that Steve probably hadn't spent any of his conversation talking about himself, so of course Linda hadn't yet seen beneath the surface. So Teddy took it upon himself to vouch for Steve...
TEDDY: "Steve's successful, and very respected in the community. He's not the type of guy who's commitment- phobic. And he's deeply honest and loyal, and a man of his word..."
This made Linda reconsider. Why wasn't Stephen her type again?
As the evening came to a close, Stephen found Linda again, and approached her with a third apple martini. Polite as always, he asked, "Linda, may I have your number?"
She smiled at the ground, suddenly realizing she was more open to Stephen. She scribbled her number on a piece of paper.
Stephen called the next day, and the two talked for four full hours. The rest, as they say, is history.
On June 26, 2010, Stephen and Linda got married at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. They now have a 3-year old boy named Kingston.
Stephen and Linda found their happily ever after with a little help from their friends. They would have never ended up together if it wasn’t for Teddy’s glowing endorsement. Now, inspired by the story of how they met, Stephen and Linda wish to share their happiness with the world by creating a dating experience where your trusted friends are a part of the magic.
And that was how M8 was born: out of a love story and a true-life happy ending -- all with a little help from friends.
PS - Steve still has the beer belly :)
Stephen’s Side of the Story:
Linda’s Side of the Story:
Teddy’s Side of the Story:
PPS - Check out the "cigar lighting ceremony" from Stephen and Linda's wedding while their friends, former Broadway performers Welly Yang (Miss Saigon, Aladdin) and Dina Morishita (Les Misérables, Miss Saigon), performed The Prayer.
PPPS - They had another friend perform at their wedding who also served as their officiant named Jaeson Ma. Here's Jaeson performing his song "LOVE" (featuring Bruno Mars) at the reception.