Mr. Culbreath was similarly taken with Ms. Loney. After that first date, he asked Ms. Loney whether she wanted to go on a short-notice vacation with him to Cancun. She accepted.
As the two spent time together, Ms. Loney learned more about Mr. Culbreath’s illness. And she learned that some part of his spontaneity — the same spontaneity that might drive a person to invite someone they just reconnected with to travel to Cancun — is a product of his period of illness.
“He’s always living life to the fullest, like there’s no tomorrow,” Ms. Loney said. “Because he’s experienced situations in his life where he really didn’t think there was a tomorrow.”
Ms. Loney’s openness to spur-of-the-moment experiences also made an impression on Mr. Culbreath.
“I liked her spontaneity,” he said. “Just leaping and hoping the net will appear.”
Ms. Loney, 33, a vice president of business development at Leucadia Asset Management in New York, and Mr. Culbreath, also 33, a director and senior trader at Bank of America Securities, were married July 24 at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake, a resort in Whitefish, Mont. Megan Sinclair, a friend of the couple who is a Universal Life Minister, officiated.
Before she reconnected with Mr. Culbreath, Ms. Loney wasn’t aiming to get married in the first half of her 30s. “My parents dated for seven years before they got married,” she explained. But Mr. Culbreath fit into Ms. Loney’s life so seamlessly that by the time he proposed, in June 2019, her attitude had changed.
“I think I said ‘yes’ before he even finished the question,” Ms. Loney said.