BLUFFTON, S.C. - Twenty minutes in a post office line changed two lives forever.
Summer Whiteside was thinking about moving away from Bluffton after two years without a decent date - until she took her place at the end of a long line at the post office holding a package she planned to mail to a man in another town.
Will Settle was impatient as he waited to mail a cable bill - until he noticed the woman behind him.
He knew firsthand how hard it is to find love in Bluffton. He'd considered moving for that reason, too, so he wasn't about to pass up the opportunity to introduce himself to the well-dressed beauty in line.
"We were the only two young people in line, and we were both wearing suits," Ms. Whiteside said Monday, 2 years later. "We just started talking."
Both were clearly impressed as they discovered how much they have common - both are in sales and addicted to reality TV.
"We were talking about Fear Factor," Mr. Settle said.
Ms. Whiteside couldn't believe Mr. Settle would jump off buildings or out of an airplane for a chance at a cash prize but wouldn't even eat a cow's eyeballs. She'd chow down for sure.
They also learned that while they had both lived in Bluffton for three years without crossing paths, they did have one friend in common. That would prove very lucky for both.
"Next," a postal worker called.
Their story might have ended there.
But after mailing her package, Ms. Whiteside couldn't stop thinking about the encounter. As soon as she got to her car, she called the mutual friend who knew Mr. Settle.
While they were talking, Mr. Settle called the mutual friend from his car phone, too, hoping to get Ms. Whiteside's phone number.
"She said, 'I'm on the line with Summer right now. Let me call you back,'" Mr. Settle said.
Mr. Settle scored Ms. Whiteside's number and called her a day later for a date. They met for drinks a week later and then set a dinner date.
The couple dated for almost two years and then had another very special night out.
While having drinks at a yacht club, Ms. Whiteside admired a beautiful boat pulling into the harbor. Mr. Settle asked her if she wanted to go aboard for a ride.
"At that point, I knew something was up because it wasn't a typical Thursday night date," she said.
Outside the club, Mr. Settle pulled out a black box. The smooth speech he'd planned got jumbled up, and Ms. Whiteside had to remind him to get on one knee, but when he asked her to be his wife, she happily said yes.
Since then, they've been busy getting ready for an October wedding at The Church of the Cross.
Ms. Whiteside recently stood in another long line at the Bluffton post office to buy 220 lovebird stamps for the cards she'll send to family and friends asking them to hold the date.
"The line was really long, but I didn't complain," she said. "Some people were complaining, but even the ones complaining were talking to one another."
She'll have to stand in line again for stamps to mail her wedding invitations.
Still, there won't be any more flirting in line for either of them. The post office has already delivered their soulmates.
"I think it's a one-in-million chance to meet someone you're going to marry in a post office," Mr. Settle said. "It was really great."