When Luke Rivett discovered Sunney Kohlhoss on March 1, 2019 at Well, a bar in Los Angeles, they had recently given up love and half-heartedly made up their minds to be single forever.
“When Sunney came in, she took my breath away. I went over to her and introduced myself, ”said Rivett, 41, filmmaker and producer at Anonymous Content, a production and administration company based in Los Angeles and New York. “I knew my dream girl was standing in front of me. We talked for a few minutes. I said to her, ‘I will marry you.’ “
Ms. Kohlhoss, 38, a divorce attorney who owns SK Law, a Chicago-based family law firm, accepted Mr. Rivett’s bold testimony.
“Luke was warm and sociable,” she said. “I felt safe talking to him. I felt sincerity. “Before they left separately, they exchanged phone numbers. At 3:00 am, Mr. Rivett wrote his new mantra, “I’m going to marry you.”
Frau Kohlhoss replied: “Prove it.”
A few hours later they met for lunch in the Brentwood neighborhood. Mrs. Kohlhoss mentioned living in Chicago, which emptied and disappointed him. He assumed she lived in Los Angeles like him. Six days later, Mr. Rivett flew to Chicago and Mrs. Kohlhoss was waiting for him at the airport. The weekend was blissful, full of funny jokes and warm conversations.
Things were moving quickly. They saw each other every weekend for the next month. In April they spent Passover with their parents in Chicago. That night, Mr. Rivett invited everyone to New York for the premiere of the film “The Tomorrow Man,” for which he was the producer. They were all there. In May they went to Paris; in August they visited Australia, where Mr. Rivett is from. A proposal came in November.
“I had a hunch something happened when we drove to that golden house in the desert in Joshua Tree,” said Ms. Kohlhoss. “Luke got on one knee and put a gold ring on my finger that said ‘reserved’.”
“I had it made to measure on Etsy,” said Rivett. (Ms. Kohlhoss collects reserved signs from night club tables.) “It looks like a hip-hop ring from the 80s. Her finger was reserved for the diamond ring we wanted to select together, and she is reserved for me. “
From December through March, the couple resumed their travel routine. one weekend in Chicago, the next in Los Angeles. When the pandemic broke out, Mr Rivett moved in with Mrs Kohlhoss.
“It was hard at first,” she said. “We went from two people living apart to two people lying on top of each other. We got to know each other’s weak points. This enabled us to know how to be better partners. “
The couple were married on November 28th at the Viva Las Vegas Chapel. Ron DeCar, an Elvis impersonator and licensed Minister in Nevada, officiated in front of 20 masked guests. Mrs. Kohlhoss walked down the aisle to “Let’s Go Crazy” performed by a Prince impersonator, while a Cher double concluded the ceremony with “Believe”.
“Covid gave us the opportunity to be creative and make our wedding a show for our personal and Zoom guests,” said Rivett. “We need to turn away from the social demands of a regular wedding and let go of the pressure we were feeling.”
Between the entertainment events, Rabbi Mel Hecht conducted a more traditional Jewish service. This was followed by a reception at the Sahara Las Vegas Hotel in a suite designed by the musician Lenny Kravitz.
“When I read these first texts on the night we met, an alarm went off in my body that said that this is really something,” said Ms. Kohlhoss. “He’s a huge koala bear. His love is like a big hug that never ends. I didn’t think I would need that. Now that I have it, it’s the most precious part of my life. “
“Being with her is pure excitement,” said Rivett. “I would never have thought the warmth of having a best friend and an unconditional partner.”