Our love story begins as a tale of diplomatic intrigue.

One fateful day at the United Nations Security Council in November 2009, someone stole the seat of the delegate from China, Peter Bacon, forcing him to sit next to the delegate from Vietnam, Lauren Dahlin. The delegates of these often antagonistic nations proceeded to exchange flirtatious glances and love notes, disguised as official documents necessary to ensure the peace and security of the free world. The rest, as they say, “is history.”

That weekend at the UPENN Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC) in Philadelphia we had our first date. At IHOP, Lauren made Peter origami out of the paper placemat. It felt like we had known each other forever.

When we returned to our respective colleges, we didn’t know if we would ever see each other again. But, Peter somehow knew that the weekend in Philadelphia had changed everything. He said to one of his close friends, “She’s the one.”