The story of how Stephen Colbert knew his wife was 'the one' is downright magical

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Stephen Colbert Shares Heartfelt Story Of Moment He Knew His Wife Was The One

Looking for a way to turn late night television host Stephen Colbert into a giddy schoolboy? Why don't you ask him how he knew his wife, Evelyn, was "the one."

One audience member attending a taping of "The Late Show" happened to do just that during a Q&A session, and we're SO lucky that he did.

Rather than shirk off the question, or provide a witty one-line answer, Colbert's eyes lit up as he replied, "Oh man, I will ... how long do we have?"

After jokingly checking his watch, he says, "I will make this quick, 'cause I like this story."

What followed was a six-minute saga detailing Colbert's epic love story, including the moment he spotted a woman in a black linen dress across the lobby of a Charleston, South Carolina, music festival -- while he was still dating another lady, nonetheless -- and thought to himself, "Her. There's your wife, you're gonna marry her."

We could continue on, but we'd rather let an adorably starry-eyed Colbert tell the rest of the saga in his own words.

A brief moment of suspense arose when Colbert turned his back to give the almost-too-polite Evelyn an opportunity to slip away, if she really wanted to.

"I turned my back for what is now clearly to me the most harrowing minute of my life," he said. "What if she'd gone away? But she didn't! She was still there when I turned around, smiling at me. And now we're married."


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"Believe it or not," he added, "that's the short version of that story."

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Comedian Stephen Colbert (L) and his wife Evelyn arrive on the red carpet for the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington April 29, 2006. The Comedy Central personality was the scheduled entertainer for the evening. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
The Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert (L) arrives with his wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 16, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
Nominee Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" and his wife Evelyn McGee arrive at the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)
Comedian Stephen Colbert arrives with Evelyn McGee-Colbert to be honored at the Time 100 Gala in New York April 24, 2012. The Time 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the previous year complied by Time Magazine. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA)
Comedian Stephen Colbert and his wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert arrive at HBO's post award reception following the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in West Hollywood, California September 23, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Redmond (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert and wife, Evelyn McGee, arrive at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (EMMYS-ARRIVALS)
Television comedian Stephen Colbert and his wife Evelyn pose for photographers on the red carpet as they arrive for the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner at the U.S. State Department, in Washington DC, December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES - Tags: PROFILE ENTERTAINMENT)
Stephen Colbert from Comedy Central's show "The Colbert Report" poses with his awards for Outstanding Variety Series and Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series with his wife Evelyn McGee at the Governors Ball for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(EMMYS-BALL)
Comedian Stephen Colbert from CBS's "The Late Show" arrives with hIs wife Evelyn and son John at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 25, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES -Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(EMMYS-ARRIVALS)
Comedian Stephen Colbert and his wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert pose for photographers on the red carpet as they arrive ahead of the 37th Annual Kennedy Center gala dinner at the U.S. State Department in Washington December 6, 2014. This year's show will toast actor Tom Hanks, recording artists Sting and Al Green, ballerina Patricia McBride, and actress Lily Tomlin, "for their lifetime contributions to American culture." REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES - Tags: PROFILE ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS)
TV host Stephen Colbert and wife Evelyn attend the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors performance and gala at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Television host Stephen Colbert and wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" in the Manhattan borough of New York, May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Stephen Colbert and Evelyn McGee-Colbert attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com)
MONTCLAIR, NJ - MAY 01: Stephen Colbert (L) and Vice-Chairman of the Board, Evelyn Colbert attend the 2015 Monclair Film Festival Opening Night Film, 'Hello, My Name Is Doris at the Wellmont Theatre on May 1, 2015 in Montclair City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Montclair Film Festival)
MONTCLAIR, NJ - APRIL 29: Actress Evelyn McGee-Colbert and talk show host Stephen Colbert attend the 'Life, Animated' opening night screening and Q&A during the 5th Annual Montclair Film Festival at The Wellmont Theatre on April 29, 2016 in Montclair, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Stephen Colbert and Evelyn McGee Colbert pose backstage at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: John Colbert, Stephen Colbert and Evelyn McGee-Colbert attend HBO's Official 2014 Emmy After Party at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - JUNE 21: (L-R) Evelyn McGee-Colbert, Stephen Colbert and Julie Taymor attend Daniel Battsek Send Off to London Celebration at Omar's La Ranita on June 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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