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81 - Kent & Tracy

The Diamond's Story

How did you meet?

I was a Executive Chef at Abacus Restaurant in Dallas and a mutual friend introduced us while I was working. We hit if off right away.

What first attracted you to your spouse?

Her gorgeous eyes and dark hair. I love brunettes. 

Where was your first date? How did it go?

We actually became great friends first and hung out a lot, which gradually turned into serious dating.

How did the proposal happen?

We were staying at Micheal Mondavi's guest house and I proposed to her overlooking Napa Valley with 4 inches of snow on the ground.

When and where was your wedding?

Our ceremony was held a prominent art collectors home in Dallas. It is a beautiful estate and we were married in their backyard. We of course, had our reception at Abacus.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We started in Stuttgart, Germany where we picked up a Porsche 911 (Tracy was a sales manager for Porsche). We drove and ate our way through Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France. It was magical. 

What else would you like to share about your romance? Is there a special memory, or an amusing anecdote?

Tracy is the perfect mate for me. We truly understand each other's business. I think another reason we are so successful in our relationship is that we are both great communicator and talk things out when there is an issue. 

A funny story about our wedding: the minister, who was supposed to conduct a non-denominational ceremony, started bringing in religion and on top of it butchered my name - she said Keith Ratburn, and it is Kent Rathbun. Not to mention our floral arrangements were wilting, needless to say, it put a damper on things, but we overcame it, as we always do and had a great time.

Diamond Details

Shape: Round