THE ONE-ONE-ONE: The Fairy Tale Ending
Wheeling your wife on Facebook has a happy ending; Just ask Ben Baller!
Behind all that bling, cars (he recently swapped the Bentley for a Rolls-Royce…naturally!) and clothes is one hell of a romantic dude. In our technologically-savvy culture, he’s proven that true love does exist online—just ask his wife, whom he met through Facebook. Ah, dating in the digital age! (Pretty sure he owes Mark Zuckerberg a big ‘Thank You’ present.) While we can’t get enough ‘true love’ stories, today seemed like the perfect time for Mr. Baller to tell his. We know B.B. is smooth, but this is the guy’s guide to wheeling your wife online! Straight from the jeweler’s mouth. Listen up as he fills us in on why he owes his happiness to the bright lights of Las Vegas…and Smokey Robinson.
How did you meet your wife?
We met through mutual friends, but the actual initial contact was through Facebook.
Where was your first date? How did it go?
She was slightly awkward. It was in Vegas and we were both working at the Magic tradeshow. She was staying at a different hotel, so I told her to come meet me at my hotel and she refused. She said “No! You come here and get me.” It didn't make sense since the restaurant was a block away from my hotel and closer. It started out rough and then I tried to leave her at this party because it seemed like she wasn't feeling the situation but she wouldn't let me leave, so we went to another party and that's when I got faded and we both had a really good time. I didn't want the night to end, but it was 3:30 A.M. and I had to take her to back to her hotel. When she got back, we were talking on the phone until her phone died. While in a taxi back to her hotel, this Smokey Robinson song came on, "You Really Got a Hold on Me," and we played it at our wedding. Ever since that night (over three years ago!) we’ve been together.
What was the first message that you sent her on Facebook?
It wasn't anything cool or funny. It was more like “Hey! Are you driving to Vegas?” and I said, “No, I never drive. I hate being in cars for more than an hour. I'm flying. Can I buy you a plane ticket?” And she said, “No!”
What was the first piece of jewelry you bought/made for her?
It was a nameplate for her dog that was the love of her life—until our son was born. Up until then, him and I were a close tie. It was a gold nameplate that said “Peewee,” but I’ve made her a bunch of things since then.
What are you giving her for your anniversary?
I can't tell you that because she reads The Coveteur! I think she already knows this, but I'm going to get her the new body 2013 Range Rover supercharged. London. He's only been on a plane once. We’re going to go to Hawaii and hopefully he doesn't freak out. Later this year or by next year, I want to take him to Paris, London, the Philippines and Korea. I need those pics for the books!
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for her?
I don't know, I mean our wedding and honeymoon was amazing. I tattooed her name over my heart? Oh, wait! For her birthday, the first year that we dated, I set up something in Las Vegas...my friend is a very powerful person out there and I had her set up something that was kind of cool. We both love Cirque du Soleil and we went to go see "O." During the middle of the show, I had the conductor stop the show and have my wife walk up on the stage during the performance to hand her a rose in front of everyone. Thank god we were sitting front row so it wasn't a total nuisance. She was shocked!
- As told to The Coveteur by Ben Baller.
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