June 27, 2016 at 1:34 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Blade ‘Eligible Single’ marries
singles, gay news, Washington Blade

Jamie Leeds (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Jamie Leeds, one of Washington Blade’s Most Eligible Singles in 2015, has married her partner Tina McDaniel, according to the Washington Post.

The Hank’s Oyster Bar owner described her ideal mate to the Blade as someone who “Likes to laugh, traveler, adventurous, fun-loving, loves to eat good food/drink wine, confident.” Her Eligible Singles profile came out on Feb. 9 2015. Days later on Feb. 15 2015 she attended a party where she met independent communications consultant McDaniel, who fit the ideal mate description.

Washington Post reports a mutual friend introduced Leeds, 54, and McDaniel, 40. The couple spent the night talking about food, among other topics.

“I would consider myself a foodie . . . and I was very fascinated with the fact that Jamie was a chef. I remember asking her all of these questions like, ‘What’s your favorite bite? What’s your favorite restaurant?'” McDaniel told Washington Post.

McDaniel went home after their meeting and Googled Leeds, discovering she had been named one of Washington Blade’s Most Eligible Singles.

Leeds was also interested in McDaniel from the start.

“From the minute I met Tina and we started talking, it was like everything fell from around us,” Leeds told Washington Post. “I was totally enamored by her and felt like I could just be myself around her. I didn’t have to put on an act . . . and that felt really comfortable.”

After a few weeks of dating, Leeds asked McDaniel to be her girlfriend. Leeds planned to propose to McDaniel in Greece, but after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Marriage Equality Act she decided not to wait. According to Washington Post, Leeds proposed at the Salamander Resort and Spa in a room with chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne.

The couple were married at Hank’s Pasta Bar in Old Town Alexandria last month.


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