A former VJ on find­ing her band­mate for life

Etalk’s Liz Trin­n­ear was first wooed by her hus­band with the query ‘Prom?’ on an iPad

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Etalk re­porter Liz Trin­n­ear got her start on MuchMusic, and that’s also where she met her now hus­band, Nathaniel Motte from the band 3OH!3. Here she dishes the de­tails on that first meet­ing.

How they met

We met in May of 2010. At the time, I was work­ing as a MuchMusic VJ, and Nathaniel was tour­ing with his band 3OH!3. They had a day off in Toronto and were do­ing a press day at the CTV build­ing. We met in the hall­way. I saw a tall man with a pony­tail and a pon­cho, and he saw what he says was “a beau­ti­ful girl.” Later that day, I in­ter­viewed Nathaniel and his band­mate on the roof of the build­ing. I gave them flow­ers as a peace of­fer­ing (long story), and Nathaniel kept the flow­ers.

The first date

Our first date was the same day we met. Nathaniel and his band had their tour bus parked on Rich­mond Street, be­hind the CTV build­ing, and they were hav­ing cof­fee across the street from the old MuchMusic Live stu­dio (at the cor­ner of Queen and John Streets). Nathaniel bor­rowed his friend’s iPad and wrote “Prom?” on it and held it up to the win­dow, where I was film­ing a live TV show. I in­vited him in, and he hung around for the rest of the even­ing (there is video proof!). After I was done with work, Nathaniel in­vited me to join his friends and tour­ing mates at din­ner. After din­ner we went to watch one of his friends DJ. We danced and had fun. He in­sisted I wear earplugs at the club to pro­tect my ears, and since we didn’t have any, he made some out of nap­kins (and maybe some spit). It was love at first saliva.

Mem­o­rable mo­ments

After Nathaniel left, we used BBM to stay in touch, over phone and text, for the fol­low­ing six weeks. He de­cided to come to Toronto after their tour ended, as his band was nom­i­nated for a MuchMusic Video Award that year. He ex­tended his stay in Toronto, to “see about the girl,” and we went on many dates. (He po­litely got a hotel room, as he didn’t “as­sume” he could stay with me.)

The pro­posal

We were on a trip to Eng­land and France last sum­mer (2016). We had just spent a won­der­ful week in Lon­don, and we flew down to the south­west of France, where Nathaniel’s mom is from and where most of his ex­tended fam­ily lives. He in­sisted we go straight from the air­port to the sum­mer house his grand­fa­ther built, to see it be­fore all the fam­ily got there for their va­ca­tion (his par­ents were mar­ried there on July 7, 1977). I had a cof­fee stain on my shirt, and no makeup on. I had ab­so­lutely no idea that he was go­ing to pro­pose. He brought me up to the bal­cony over­look­ing the bay and popped the ques­tion (mean­while I thought he was ty­ing his shoe). I said, “YES!”

The wed­ding

We got mar­ried in Boul­der, Colo. (where Nathaniel grew up) on July 7, 2017. The cer­e­mony was on top of Flagstaff Moun­tain, over­look­ing the town of Boul­der. It rained buck­ets dur­ing our cer­e­mony (mostly dur­ing our vows, which they say is good luck), but the sun came out af­ter­wards, and we drove down the moun­tain in an old Tri­umph TR6, with all our fam­ily, friends and loved ones.

Bal­anc­ing ca­reers and mar­riage

We’ve both al­ways re­spected each other’s ca­reers, and we ac­knowl­edge the fact that we aren’t al­ways able to be to­gether. When we started dat­ing, we’d go two months with­out see­ing each other, but we’d make ef­forts to stay in touch. We’d try to talk daily on Face­Time (thank God for Face­Time). I think we have an un­der­stand­ing and pa­tience for each other’s chaotic and dy­namic work sched­ules. It helps that we’re both in sim­i­lar fields of work. Also most im­por­tantly, we’re both re­ally proud and en­cour­ag­ing of each other, and we al­ways have been!

Se­cret to suc­cess

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, sup­port, love, laugh­ter and, per­haps most im­por­tantly, fun! We make each other laugh. We take in­ter­est in each other’s projects and lives, and we just love be­ing to­gether. The “put-away” room I have at our house also helps. That’s a room where I can do what­ever I want. There are no rules. It’s per­fect chaos, and Nathaniel isn’t al­lowed to come in. The rest of the house is spot­less. The put-away room can get a lit­tle crazy some­times.

Life after re­tire­ment

I see us in an RV, tow­ing an­other RV, wear­ing match­ing track­suits and sip­ping Arnold Palmers. Etalk airs week­nights at 7 p.m. on CTV.

Nathaniel Motte and Liz Trin­n­ear were mar­ried in Boul­der, Colo., in July

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