When Gregg Renfrew first met Mark Hancock in July 2000, it was for business, not pleasure. Gregg was on a mission to secure funding for a business she had founded, and Mark, who worked for a global luxury goods company that considered investing in her company, flew to New York City from his native South Africa to talk to Gregg. At first it was business as usual, but Gregg intrigued Mark. After some cajoling, Gregg decided to go on a date with a rather persistent Mark. The two began to see more of each other and in 2001 Mark moved to New York to be closer to Gregg. Six months later, they started living together. A year after they'd met, Gregg came home to a romantic proposal.