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It's a Good Thing Big Brother Was Watching – New York Times

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By VINCENT M. MALLOZZI

Jill Robin Wagner and Michael Sean Deutsch were married Sept. 16 at Kimpton Hotel Eventi in New York. Rabbi Steven Moskowitz officiated.

Ms. Wagner, who is 37, will take her husband’s name. She is a television anchor for Cheddar TV, a live-streaming financial news network in New York. She’s also a founder and editor in chief of “Need 2 Know,” a daily email newsletter. She graduated from the University of Michigan and received a master’s degree in religion from Columbia.

She is the daughter of Carol N. Wagner and Warren J. Wagner of Jericho, N.Y. The bride’s father is a Jericho-based accountant and a basketball coach at Island Garden, a basketball facility in West Hempstead, N.Y. Her mother is an art teacher for the Levittown School District.

Mr. Deutsch, 40, is a New York-based independent stock trader. He graduated from Ohio State.

He is a son of Bonnie I. Deutsch and Jay R. Deutsch of Oyster Bay, N.Y. The groom’s mother retired as a dental hygienist in Oyster Bay. His father, also retired, was a certified public accountant in New York.

The couple had a crush on each other since their early 20s despite their college football rivalry. Ms. Wagner is a die-hard Wolverines fan, and Mr. Deutsch so loves the Buckeyes that he named his dog Tressel, after Jim Tressel, the former Ohio State coach.

“I found him to be a very sweet guy with a wonderful demeanor,” Ms. Wagner said. “We definitely had a little bit of a crush on each other.”

It mattered not, however, as she was said to be “off limits” by her older brother, Scott Wagner, who was a good friend of Mr. Deutsch.

“She was this gorgeous little thing, but she was also a forbidden fruit,” Mr. Deutsch said jokingly. “Her big brother was always very protective of her.”

Ms. Wagner said any potential relationship with any of her brother’s friends “just wasn’t going to happen.”

She moved on in 2007, leaving New York for Lansing, Mich., to take a job as an on-air reporter at WLNS-TV, a CBS affiliate.

Mr. Deutsch remained in New York, and they fell out of touch, spending the next decade dating other people and focusing on their careers.

She spent a year and a half in Lansing before returning to New York to take a job as an on-air reporter at News 12 on Long Island, then landed another reporting job at CBS Money Watch in 2014, working early hours on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

“I would watch her every morning before work,” Mr. Deutsch said. “It was the best part of my day.”

In May 2016, Mr. Deutsch and Mr. Wagner were together at a Mets game when Mr. Deutsch inquired about his sister.

“You should call her,” Ms. Wagner’s brother said.

“I laughed out loud,” Mr. Deutsch said. “I totally thought he was kidding.”

A week later, both men were together again when Mr. Deutsch inquired once more. “Her brother turns to me and says, ‘Dude, she’s not dating anyone, you should call her.’ ”

“I couldn’t believe it,” Mr. Deutsch said. “I texted her right there on the spot.”

She was stunned upon receiving his text. “A wave of nostalgia just sort of washed over me. It was very exciting to hear from Michael again, and I was eager to get together with him to see if something was still there between us.”

The met a week later at a New York bar. “He was still the same sweet, thoughtful guy he always was,” she said. “He was also very interesting to talk to, and had done so much with his life, he really impressed me.”

They began dating steadily and, as she put it: “It was pretty clear right away that this was something very serious.”

It’s a good thing, she said, that after all those years, her big brother was still watching.

“I’m sure he realized that had Michael and I gone out in our 20s, it would have never worked out,” she said.