Andrea Campbell (previously Sharp), 31, describes herself as shy, a homebody who is more of a writer than a talker.
“It is harder to meet people when the social scene is not really your thing,” the 31-year-old said. “It was more comfortable for me to (date) online than trying to meet someone randomly out in the world.”
So she signed up for a three month Match.com membership and was in her last month, having had little success, when she stumbled across a profile that caught her eye.
His name was Jaime Campbell, 32. He lived in Livermore —same as her — but wasn’t from there, which she liked. She decided to feel him out with a simple message. It read: hi.
That was enough for Jaime.
“I replied to her ‘hi’ message because I found it intriguing, so I wanted to find more about her,” he said.
Jaime described Andrea’s profile on the dating site as straightforward. She was very honest about what she wanted and he noticed she was a huge hockey fan. He was, too.
“He was kind of soft-spoken, and had a gentleman-like manner about him and liked sports,” Andrea said. “He asked me out on a date and told me to pick so I would be comfortable meeting someone that I’d never met.”
They met at Cream in downtown Livermore, went to the (now-closed) Pourhouse, and saw the movie “As Above, So Below” at Livermore Cinemas on Sept. 6, 2014.
“After the date, we saw each other several times a week and texted daily for like three weeks until I asked her to be my girlfriend,” Jaime said. That was Sept. 21, 2014.
For the couple, watching hockey has become their “thing,” including many trips to SAP Center to see their favorite team, the San Jose Sharks, play live.
Jaime and Andrea go often with Andrea’s parents, and annually on her birthday. Jamie once favored an East Coast team but traded loyalties when he and Andrea got closer.
“We haven’t missed watching a game ever since we moved in together,” Jaime said.
Jaime and Andrea were having fun together. Andrea liked seeing Jaime’s interactions with her cat, a spoiled feline who admittedly didn’t take well to men. She was surprised that her furry friend accepted Jaime, and from then on she knew he was the one.
For Jaime, moving in together in April 2015 sealed the deal.
“Living with her was so natural-feeling and easy,” he said.
Jan. 16, 2016, marks the couple’s most memorable Sharks game to date. It’s the day Jaime proposed — at the game — forgoing the scoreboard proposal to accommodate Andrea’s shy personality. Jaime bought her mom a ticket to the game to be witness to the event and did it quietly. To top it off, the Sharks won in overtime that night.
On Sept. 17, 2016, Jaime and Andrea tied the knot in a teal-themed wedding (a nod to the Sharks) and the team’s mascot Sharkie made an appearance, greeting and taking pictures with guests.
“A normal day for us is just spending time together, common errands, caring for our two cats, watching hockey, movies or one of our favorite TV shows,” Jaime said.
“Simple, but it’s us,” said Andrea.
This column explores relationships of local residents — married couples, people and their pets, business partners or acquaintances — whose connections define the fabric of the Tri-Valley. Know of someone with an interesting story? Let us know.
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