Engagements: Recently Ringed
Three St. Louis couples share their engagement stories.
Jen Peters, 30 & Brian Crichton, 31
How We Met
Brian and I met in late 2006 through mutual friends—when we were both in other relationships. Our encounters over the years were rare and fleeting, but they were always distinct. I remember looking at him one night and thinking, “That’s just the type of guy I want to be with—tall, cute, charismatic.” The stars finally aligned for us in December 2008 on a Christmas caroling pub crawl when we were both single and open to more than just a few minutes of witty banter. A couple of days later, he asked me out for coffee and I was so nervous. What if this guy I’d been crushing on wasn’t as charismatic as I pegged him to be? But he exceeded my expectations—and we’ve been inseparable ever since.
We celebrated our two-year anniversary in December ’10 with a quiet meal at home, after which Brian asked if I would like to go get a chocolate martini at The Famous Bar. Never one to say no to a chocolate martini, I put on my coat and we got in the car. But Brian drove right past The Famous Bar and toward Forest Park. I started to get suspicious because it was at the Grand Basin in Forest Park where Brian and I, very early on, knew we were head over heels in love with each other. After a couple of detours through the park, Brian parked right by the lake and we made our way through the snow to our special spot. Brian got down on one knee (in the snow) and said, “How about you go ahead and marry me?” I said “yes” right away. But as Brian was standing up, he realized he hadn’t heard me say anything. So he got down on his knee again and said, “Ok…will you marry me?” I said “yes” again—louder this time.
The Big Day
May 21, 2011
Aimée Knebel, 24 & Jason Redman, 29
How We Met
My mom is in wine and liquor sales and is a big supplier to The Drunken Fish. She mentioned Jason, who is their district manager, to me a few times, telling me, “One of my clients is just so cute! You would love him!” I love my mom, but I ignored her for the most part until she brought it up again. I ate sushi one night at The Drunken Fish and met Jason, and then we later connected on Facebook. He claims I sought him out, but he technically made the first move by “LOL-ing” at one of my status updates. Our first date was just supposed to be dinner at Barcelona, but we ended up going a bunch of places that night and had the best time.
A few days before December 25, we planned a Christmas just for us since the actual holiday was going to be so busy with family and friends. We had dinner at my apartment and then decided to open presents. After exchanging a few gifts, Jason handed me a card that was wrapped up. I opened it and saw on the inside that he wrote me a love letter. I started reading and got to the end where it said, “so…” and as I looked up, Jason was holding the most gorgeous ring I’ve ever seen in my life. The first thing I said after “yes” was “did you ask my dad?” Of course he had talked to both of my parents the week before. After a lot of phone calls to friends and family, we went to the site of our first date, Barcelona, to celebrate.
The Big Day
Brianne Joggerst, 24 & Noah Besheer, 25
How We Met
I met Noah in April of 2008 in Columbia, MO, where we were both undergrads at Mizzou. Our mutual friend Julie introduced us before a concert at the Sapphire Lounge on a Wednesday. We coincidentally bumped into each other the next day, then again on Friday and the following Sunday, I invited him to a BBQ at Julie’s. Eventually our connection grew and we began hanging out almost every day. But with graduation quickly approaching, our fling was short lived. I was going to law school in St. Louis and he was going back to Kansas City. Because we had only known each other a few weeks, we decided to cut things off and say goodbye. But this didn’t last. After driving to see each other nearly every weekend for a year, we were tired of the long distance thing, and Noah moved to St. Louis. Things that are meant to happen have a way of working themselves out.
Some girls like getting flowers, but I love notes. We were at my parents’ house on Christmas Eve and while my entire family was opening presents, Noah handed a present to me. The present was so thin I thought it might be a gift card, but what I unwrapped was a note, written like a poem. It said I would get my gift soon and instructed me to go into the kitchen and look at the cabinet under the microwave. I found another note, and before I knew it, I was on a full-fledged scavenger hunt. At the last hiding spot, I came to a box instead of a note. It looked too big to be a ring box, but I opened it up and saw “Lordo’s” across the top. As my jaw dropped, Noah took the box from me, dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him.
The Big Day
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Brian Crichton & Jen Peters
Noah Besheer & Brianne Joggerst
Photo credit: Photos courtesy of the couples