Photography by Hans Jonas Photography
It was evening of David Wiggins’s first day of college at Ohio State University in 1999. Bored, and a bit homesick, he decided to log on to AOL. He searched for girls in Pittsburgh who listed “cars” as an interest in their profile. Emily Cole happened to be the only one online that fit the criterion.
David struck up a conversation that night. IM’ing led to calling, which eventually led to their first meeting on October 26, 1999, and it was love at first sight for both parties, who quickly took to dating.
In September 2002, they stopped at Henne Jewelers to pick up a promise ring that Emily
was having sized. David offered to get it, and once back in the car, suggested lunch in Schenley Park. There, David proffered the box, supposedly holding the old ring. He dropped to one knee, and opened it to reveal a new, custom-designed engagement band that swept Emily off her feet.
Eight years to the day they first set eyes on each other, they wed in London, England, at the Westbury Hotel in front a crowd of only 22. Emily wore a lace Monique Lhuillier gown from Anne Gregory for the Bride, and when she walked through the door to the sound of Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major,” David was overcome with emotion. “I was just so overwhelmed to see her for the first time,” he says.
Emily recalls a similar feeling. “When I started walking down the aisle, nothing else mattered. I just had to see David.”
A reception followed, and the newlyweds soon departed for their honeymoon, touring through Europe and, car enthusiasts that they are, made sure to take a drive on the Autobahn.
They returned to Pittsburgh and celebrated once more, with a party of 100 guests at theSenator John Heinz History Center. They had danced their first dance in England to Il Divo and Celine Dion’s “I Believe in You,” and happily did so again, finishing off the night with a dance to Il Divo’s “You Raise Me Up.”
A typical weekend for the couple now? “We like to wash, detail, and race our cars together,” says David. Sounds like a match made in automobile heaven.