Meeting Their Match
Local couples share the (funny, touching, scary) stories of how they met
Against All Odds
John and Erin Sweeny Larkin were both working as press secretaries on Capitol Hill when they met at a fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Women’s Political Caucus. Erin’s friend organized the event and needed bartenders, so she asked a friend to bring some buddies to help out. John was among those who showed up. With more than 100 female attendees, the four male bartenders stood out. Afterward, Erin says, “a smaller group of us retired to the Irish Times, where my odds were better—only 20 women and the four guys who had been bartending. I was so smitten after meeting John that evening that I called my mom the next day to tell her all about this cute guy I met.” Days later, John sent her a Christmas card saying, “Looking forward to picking up where we left off.” That was 21 years ago. Today the couple lives in Chevy Chase, D.C., with their three sons. Erin is managing attorney for the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, representing domestic violence victims; John is the senior vice president for QuarterLine Consulting in Washington, D.C. They have three boys, ages 9, 8 and 2.