Lila Downs

America's Most Captivating Couples Part II

Jes & Donna


Atlanta, Georgia


Jes, 35, attorney
Donna, 29, professor/university administrator

Jes and Donna met in Atlanta in the fall of 2001. They were introduced by a mutual friend and because Jes was a barista at the café across from Donna’s university, they saw each other all the time. They flirted for weeks before getting up the nerve to have dinner. “We’re a great match,” says Donna, “because we love all the same things: travel, cheese dip, sneakers, and cheap beer.” They did a brief stint in Brooklyn while Jes was in law school, but eventually they were called back to the dirty South by sweet tea and sunshine. These days they are looking to buy a home and start nesting. Honesty, communication, and a whole lot of laughter have kept their relationship strong. “How do we do it?” Jes asks, “We’re a great team.” Donna adds, “and she still makes my belly burn.”

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