“He said he was going to take a quick shower, but insisted I didn’t need to.As a result, he looked amazing and fresh in a white button-down and jeans. Well, he tossed me an XL men’s fishing shirt and told me to button it to the top for bugs, and that super-casual look I had going on was taken to a whole new level!“He had festivities all lined up,” remembers Whitney.
Whitney Wolfe, the founder and CEO of Bumble, has made matchmaking her business.Her dating app is 20-million-users strong and well known for its feminist approach to the online courting process—when two heterosexual users are matched, a connection can only be made if the woman makes the first move.Lo and behold, there was a 6-year-old’s birthday party taking place, and there was a 7-foot-tall Chewbacca character right in front of us making the noise.If the beauty and allure of Positano weren’t enough, this was a sign! A friend put Whitney in touch with wedding stylist extraordinaire Cynthia Cook Smith.(The company has since expanded its reach with the launch of Bumble BFF in March of 2016 and Bumble Bizz earlier this week.)As fate would have it, for the entrepreneur and her now husband, Michael Herd (who’s a restaurateur as well as in the oil-and-gas business) sparks first flew IRL as opposed to virtually, but their love story still started with Whitney unabashedly taking the lead.
It was just before Christmas in 2013, and the two were on vacation in Aspen with their respective families when a mutual friend introduced them one afternoon.
”Once wardrobe changes had been made, the two set out on the ride.
After an hour, Michael suggested they stretch their legs and take in the sunset.
I went as fast as I could and thought he was long behind me. When we got to the bottom, he clicked off my skis, handed them over, and said, ‘Y’all have a good day! ”After leaving Colorado, the two spent hours on the phone, but didn’t see each other again until the end of January.
They started dating officially on Valentine’s Day, and a proposal came in June two years later.“In typical Michael fashion, I had no idea it was coming,” Whitney admits.
“But since I’ve met Ricky, I really haven’t looked back.” Busy with wedding plans (the couple are looking at a date next fall), Bischoff says she nonetheless has positive associations with the show.