Their relationship was all over the map

When Herman Stanley Parish IV, passing Stan, walked into Macao Trading Company, a Manhattan restaurant, in November 2013, little did he know that he was about to begin a love story that would unfold in three countries and two continents.

Mr. Parish had a drink with a friend, Peter Martin, who suggested meeting up with Mr. Martin’s cousin, Anna Rosa Sánchez Bendahan, and some of her colleagues at the restaurant. After talking to Ms. Sánchez Bendahan for only a few minutes, Mr. Parish turned to Mr. Martin and said that she was “the most impressive and attractive woman I had ever seen.”

Mr. Martin replied to Mr. Parish that he had no chance, in part because Ms. Sánchez Bendahan was in a relationship at the time.

Over the next few years, Mr. Parish put on her a running joke between him and Mr. Martin. When Mr. Parish saw Mr. Martin, he would ask about Mrs. Sánchez Bendahan, sometimes before saying hello.

His perseverance was rewarded a few years later. At the beginning of the summer of 2017, Ms. Sánchez Bendahan was out of a relationship and Mr. Parish asked her out as soon as he learned she was single. They had dinner at the Grill at the Four Seasons in Manhattan, and fell so in love during their date that they didn’t even notice that Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake were sitting on opposite sides of them.

“That was probably the best date ever,” said Ms. Sánchez Bendahan, 33. “I fell in love with him right away.”

The couple casually dated for a year and a half, before breaking up amicably when Ms. Sánchez Bendahan moved to Barcelona and Mr. Parish, 38, moved to Los Angeles.

They did not keep in close contact, but in July 2020, when Mr. Parish went to Rome with Mr. Martin and another friend, Ms. Sánchez Bendahan decided to join the group from Spain. Not sure if she wanted to resume a romantic relationship with Mr. Parish and planned to keep her distance, she soon found herself staying up late with him and talking late into the night.

After the trip to Rome, Mrs. Sánchez Bendahan returned to Barcelona, ​​and Mr. Parish couldn’t shake the feeling that letting her go had been a mistake. He wasn’t the only one with his opinion, he said.

“After she left, her cousin and my best friend sat down in front of me and said, ‘You’re the best version of yourself when she’s around,'” said Mr. Parish, then decided to reconsider the plans he had made. to stay in Italy to change. a few more weeks, and booked a trip to Barcelona instead.

When he arrived, Mr Parish and Mrs Sánchez Bendahan planned a trip to Ibiza with a group of friends, where they fell in love again. Rather than return to Los Angeles after their Ibiza trip was over, Mr. Parish moved in with Mrs. Sánchez Bendahan in Barcelona.

“She’s the best person I’ve ever met,” Mr. Parish said. “I knew that’s who I wanted to be with forever.”

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Mr. Parish is the author of the novels ‘Down the Shore’ and ‘Love and Theft’. Ms. Sánchez Bendahan, a graduate of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a master’s degree in international relations from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, is a senior commercial manager at Klarna. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in clinical sexology and couples therapy at the Instituto Superior de Estudios Psicológicos in Barcelona.

In September 2021, the two returned to Ibiza, where Mr Parish proposed. They married on December 31, 2021 in a private room at Gemma, the restaurant of the Bowery Hotel in New York. Sarah Ritchie, a minister of the Universal Brotherhood, presided over the ceremony in front of 10 guests, all of whom had been vaccinated and tested negative for Covid.

Later that evening, the newlyweds celebrated their wedding at the groom’s sister’s home in New Hope, Pennsylvania, with about 25 guests, all of whom had also been vaccinated and tested negative for Covid. Now that they are married, the couple plans to move to Rome at the end of this month.

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