They met at UCSB, where they somehow managed to earn bachelor's degrees between parties. Brandon introduced himself to Shawna on move-in day at the now notorious El Dorado apartment complex. The couple's bond formed instantly as Brandon's beer can clinked against Shawna's wine glass. Several years of a deep and genuine friendship followed while Brandon matured and Shawna learned to let love in. As their binge drinking days subsided, their relationship evolved. Through time and distance their bond remained unchanged and their love only grew. What started as a college friendship is now recognized between them as a connection between true soulmates. Although their romance developed slowly, it is certainly safe to say that there truly was love at first sip.