Finding Love on the Overnight Shift


Averi Harper and Kenneth Robinson, who met on a San Francisco practice in September 2015, knew they could be destined for a future collectively once they realized their schedules had one thing in frequent: neither labored on Mondays or Tuesdays.

“When we first started dating, we had unconventional schedules, we were both working long, odd hours,” mentioned Ms. Harper, 30, the deputy political director at ABC News in New York.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ms. Harper has a grasp’s diploma in journalism from Columbia.

She was residing in Oakland, Calif., and dealing as a normal project reporter at a tv station in the San Francisco Bay Area, holding down the 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. shift, when she met Mr. Robinson, an aspiring chef who additionally lived in Oakland and was then working at a Michelin-starred restaurant in San Francisco. Most of his shifts started at 11 a.m. and would finish as late as 1 a.m.

“Luckily for us, we both had Mondays and Tuesdays off,” she mentioned, “so we were able to spend a lot of quality time together.”

“I made the first move on the train,” added Mr. Robinson, who’s now 31 and an govt sous chef at Perry Street, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant in New York.

“She was beautiful and seemed very kind and caring,” he mentioned. “She also had a really great, outgoing personality.”

The month after they met, round Halloween, Ms. Harper and Mr. Robinson had their official first date, on a Tuesday, at San Francisco’s Mission Dolores Park.

They developed a routine of types on their days off, spending Mondays with Mr. Robinson’s associates in order that Ms. Harper may get to know them, and reserving Tuesdays for one-on-one time.

As they dated, Ms. Harper’s work schedule continued to take a toll on her. “By working what was essentially an overnight shift, I was eating and sleeping poorly and drinking a lot of gas station coffee,” she mentioned.

“I would sometimes get sick, and when I did, Ken was always there for me,” Ms. Harper added. “One early morning I was sick enough to have to go to a hospital emergency room, and the first time I looked up, there he was again.”

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Mr. Robinson, who grew up in Cleveland, graduated from the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute in Chesterland, Ohio. He moved to San Francisco in 2013 to “chase culinary aspirations,” as Ms. Harper put it. After the two met, he bought a job at one other Michelin-starred kitchen in Oakland, however his shifts remained simply as lengthy.

“Those were tough hours but I knew, as did Averi, that those were the kind of hours that we were going to have to keep to get to where we wanted to be, doing better jobs in our respective industries,” Mr. Robinson mentioned, “so neither of us really complained.”

“Ken was very hard-working and yet very gentle,” Ms. Harper mentioned. “He was also handsome and very smart, but what impressed me most about him was that he was a guy who lived every day of his life in the moment.”

The couple moved to New York in June 2017, when Ms. Harper took a job with News 12 on Long Island, working as a normal project reporter and the host of a public affairs present that explored points and issues in the Black group. That identical month, Mr. Robinson took a job as a sous chef at the Finch, a restaurant in Brooklyn that has since closed.

They had been engaged in August 2019 by the Brooklyn Bridge. Mr. Robinson handed his cellphone off to a stranger to take images of him dropping to at least one knee and proposing.

The couple married Oct. 10 at Flowerfield, a marriage house in St. James, N.Y., on Long Island’s North Shore, earlier than the Rev. Mycal Brickhouse, senior pastor at Cary First Christian Church in Cary, N.C., and a school buddy of Ms. Harper.

Among the 150 principally vaccinated company had been the bride’s mom, Candace Brown-Harper of Westbury, N.Y., the groom’s mom, Monika Moss-Gransberry and his stepfather, Everett Gransberry, in addition to his father, Rodney Robinson, all of Cleveland

“Ken once told me to never give up on my dreams because anything is possible, and those words never rang more true than the day I married him,” Ms. Harper mentioned . “I’ve also learned from him the importance of slowing down a bit and enjoying every moment of your life.”