For a couple with a run-of-the-mill meeting, Christopher Krayna and David Hoffman have a story that is anything but ordinary.
“We have the cliche meeting,” Krayna said, with the couple’s boxer Lucy and rescue cat Boomer circling his feet. “We met at a bar on Allen Street. I don’t even remember the name.”
It would be hard to remember the name of a bar from five years earlier in the midst of selling their Williamsville home and preparing to move to Palm Springs, Calif. Krayna and Hoffman were married on July 1 after a four-year engagement that resulted in three engagement rings.
“They were reminders that yes, we are going to do this. We just need the right time,” Krayna said.
That right time was realized just three weeks before the wedding. The Western New York natives would spend Labor Day to Memorial Day in their home in Palm Springs, which they’ve had for about four years, and their summers in Buffalo to visit family and finalize the renovations on their home, which they just sold. Then Krayna had knee surgery, further delaying their wedding plans. So when the pair realized they had an opportunity to get married in Buffalo with their family and friends, they took it. Without delay, they planned an intimate ceremony, with vows heard by Family Court Judge Mary Carney and a reception at Fallettas Restaurant in Clarence.
Hoffman and Krayna have traveled the world together, visiting cities in Belize, Mexico and Honduras, as well as cities on the continental United States like Las Vegas, San Diego and New Orleans.
Art and souvenirs from their lives and travel decorate their home in a fantastically unique way, representative of their personalities, which are outgoing, welcoming and complementary, as they’re told by many people.
“People tell us all the time that we complement each other very well,” Krayna said. “He pushes me to be my best. I push him to be his best.”
They are the definition of a power couple. Hoffman, 51, is retired from Buffalo Hospice, and Krayna, 35, has worked in the fine dining industry in Buffalo at various restaurants and bars, but he is considering enrolling in design school at University of California, Los Angeles upon their return to Palm Springs in September.
Although the pair is eager to get back out west, Krayna wasn’t always so excited to leave Buffalo. Hoffman fell in love with the city while traveling for work and was notorious for making weekend trips “whenever I was west of the Mississippi.” Krayna said Hoffman was supportive of him when he first began to spend the winters in Palm Springs with him.
“It was hard for him to leave his family like that,” Hoffman said. “But as soon as we got there it was ‘OK, I love this place. I really love this place.’ ”
Because they are moving to the desert and both love water, they plan to build a vacation home somewhere on the East Coast. Right now their top choice is South Carolina. They said they will definitely be back to Buffalo to visit.
The couple is waiting for the “right time” on their honeymoon but hoping that time won’t take as long as their wedding plans.
“We’re giving ourselves six solid months of breathing time,” Krayna said.
Krayna will take Hoffman’s last name. Krayna’s parents are Timothy and Donna Krayna of Lancaster. Hoffman’s parents are Donald and Joan Hoffman of Williamsville.
– Hannah Gordon