You never quite know when you are going to meet the person you are going to marry. There are times when it feels like we fall in love at first sight, but it normally takes people years to get to know someone and make the final call.
Still, first impressions are important, and nobody knows this better than Vic Kocula. In 2006 he was living on the streets of Amsterdam with a severe drinking problem after running out of money on his backpacking vacation.
“The wheels fell off and the alcoholism kicked in heavy. It was such a gradual turn that one day I realised: ‘Oh my God, I'm a homeless alcoholic’,” he told This Morning, on ITV.
Vic was begging for money to afford his habits, but one day, everything changed for him.
Emmy Abrahamson was on a vacation at the time, and sat down on a park bench to take in the city sights.
When Vic approached her, she knew right away he was homeless, but there was something about what he said to her that made her stop and think.
Vic had sat down next to Emmy and asked her for the time. According to Emmy, he had a rough look about him and was pretty dirty.
“We started chatting and I realise he had the most beautiful brown eyes I'd ever seen and he made me laugh straight away,” she said, referencing the giant clock in front of them both.
They agreed to meet at the same bench a week later, and realized they were developing feelings for each other. Unfortunately, Emmy had to go home, but she gave Vic her number, just in case.
“Three weeks later [in Vienna], I'd just turned 30, and I got a phone call from Vic who said ‘I'm here now’, and we've been together ever since,” she told interviewers.
They now have two six-year-old twins together, and Emmy has written a book about their whirlwind romance called, How to Fall in Love With a Man Who Lives in a Bush.