Callie E. Riorden and James W. Banko both graduated from St. Bonaventure University, but they didn’t meet there.
They both joined Match.com – him reluctantly at the insistence of a group of his friends’ wives – but they almost missed each other there, too.
If it weren’t for the persistence of those women, the couple probably would have never met.
Instead, they said their vows before the Rev. John Alderson at 2:30 p.m. May 10 in Holy Family Catholic Church, Buffalo, with a reception afterward at Brierwood Country Club, Hamburg.
The wives of Banko’s friends get the credit. First, “He wasn’t too keen on posting a profile to Match.com,” said Callie Banko. “He didn’t want to. And a bunch of his friends’ wives kind of pushed him into it, They said, ‘We’ll set up the profile for you.’ So they had access to his account.”
When Banko and Riorden were matched up by Match.com, he sent her a message expressing interest in getting to know her. “But I wasn’t on there a lot, so I didn’t really pay attention,” said Callie Banko. “So later I got another notification from him, and I thought, ‘This guy is being persistent, so I’ll talk to him.’ ”
Callie Banko later found out that although the first message had come from Banko, the second was sent by the friends’ wives, “who were trying to pick out people for him. So the only reason we spoke was because of them.”
Banko hadn’t been on Match.com for long when the pair connected. “He actually jokes that he’s upset that I was the first person he met there,” said Callie Banko.
Their paths never crossed at St. Bonaventure, where Banko, who is four years older, studied finance and his bride-to-be studied journalism/mass communications. “He graduated two months before I started,” Callie Banko said. “But on our first date, we started talking about St. Bonaventure and we realized we had quite a few mutual friends.”
Besides the alumni connection, they found they had “a lot of common interests,” she said.
After a trip to Aruba, the couple is making their home in Buffalo.
– Anne Neville