Arguably one of the best parts of a romantic comedy is the “meet-cute” – a.k.a. how the central couple meet. Take Notting Hill, for instance, perhaps one of the most beloved rom-coms of all time. In the film, Julia Roberts’ and Hugh Grant’s characters would probably never have encountered each other had he not spilled his OJ down her perfectly white T-shirt. However, we tend to believe that moments like these are the preserve of the fictional world and that they surely can’t happen in real life.
Or can they? Now that online dating has become somewhat of a norm, asking out a total stranger without the protection of our phone screens can seem like a terrifying prospect. How do you know if you would match on Tinder? How do you strike up a conversation with someone without knowing what their interests are? However, sometimes going old-school is what it takes to find a romance that’s fit for a movie – as a certain couple proved.
Our story begins in Sydney, Australia, on a seemingly typical Sunday morning for Haline Ly. After waking up, the 38-year-old designer decided that she needed some groceries. So, she headed to the supermarket, but as it turned out, she would come home with a whole lot more than the items in her cart.