How ‘Real House­wives’ star Ann Ka­plan Mul­hol­land met her true love

How Ann Ka­plan Mul­hol­land and Dr. Stephen Mul­hol­land met and fell in love

North York Post - - Contents - By Nikki Gill

The Real House­wives of Toronto star Ann Ka­plan Mul­hol­land dishes the de­tails be­hind her courtship with hus­band Dr. Stephen Mul­hol­land. Both ap­pear on the hit show that fol­lows the lives of six pow­er­ful and glam­orous women through their daily lives in the city. The Mul­hol­lands met through their busi­ness ties and have lived in For­est Hill for 12 years.

How they met

Ann: The com­pany that I work with had a booth at a plas­tic surgery con­fer­ence in New Or­leans. When I ar­rived at the ho­tel, some of our mu­tual friends and col­leagues called me over and in­tro­duced me to Stephen. After that, he kind of chased me for one and a half years. I had no idea he was in­ter­ested in me. Just over a year after we met, Stephen asked me to join him at a con­fer­ence in Seat­tle. On the way back, he in­formed me that he liked me. He just leaned over and said, “I am in­ter­ested in you.” I did not see him for three months after that while I con­tem­plated if I wanted to have a re­la­tion­ship. I was happy be­ing on my own. I did not agree to see him un­til I was fairly sure I could free my mind to ac­tu­ally con­sider a re­la­tion­ship.

The first date

Ann: Our first date was one and a half years after we met. He took me to Ken­tucky Fried Chicken. I am a ve­gan, and the lady at the counter would not serve me the wrap with­out the chicken, so we ended up at Golden Grid­dle, and I ate crack­ers. I couldn’t quite fig­ure him out. I didn’t think I seemed like the take­out kind of girl, but I wasn’t in it for the food. Stephen: Keep the bar low; it man­ages ex­pec­ta­tions.

The pro­posal

Ann: We were in Hawaii and had taken the kids to a movie. Stephen got down on one knee. The theatre was dark. I kept mov­ing to see around him then re­al­ized he had a box and a ring! He asked me to marry him. He slipped the Cartier gold band (no di­a­mond) on my fin­ger, sat down and we watched the movie. Stephen: I don’t see the big deal — it was dur­ing the trail­ers, not the movie.

The wed­ding

Ann: We mar­ried in front of the De­lano Ho­tel in Mi­ami. It was just us and two wit­nesses. I showed up wear­ing a wed­ding gown that I bought that morn­ing. I had bare feet, a bou­quet and a big smile. Stephen met me in the lobby and we walked down to the beach. I will never for­get how he looked at me that day. He was so sure. Stephen: I knew she loved me. She dug her feet in the sand to make me look like a gi­ant.

The kids

Ann: We have eight kids. The only way to de­scribe it is merger, ac­qui­si­tion and startup. We had our own, then had kids to­gether, and my sis­ter gifted me with two more when she passed. It is busy, but I would not have it any other way. We have Luke, 27; Ga­bie, 25; Bar­rett, 25; Keaton, 24; Des­tiny, 19; Rock, 17; Talise, 14; and Chase, 13. It is a big fam­ily, a lot of work, but there is not a dull mo­ment in our home, and there is def­i­nitely a lot of fam­ily sup­port.

Bal­ance

Ann: We have din­ner ev­ery night to­gether. We both work ex­tremely long and hard hours, but we meet for din­ner ei­ther at home or, if we work late, some­where near our of­fices or in For­est Hill. We start ev­ery day on a good note and end it the same way.

The cou­ple at the Cana­dian Arts and Fash­ion Awards and (in­set) on a beach in Hawaii

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