Engagements: Recently Ringed

Three St. Louis couples share their engagement stories.

 

CHRISTIE KURE, 31 & BRADLEY FINK, 31
How We Met

Christie and I met by mistake while at Saint Louis University School of Law. Christie, who had just moved from Washington, DC, heard that I was from Washington and approached me to talk about the District (I had come from Washington, but it was the state and not the city). Throughout law school, we talked, but nothing more, until I accepted a job in Washington, DC in early 2008. We went out to lunch one day to talk about where I should live. We started dating soon afterward for about five months before I left. We survived two years of long-distance dating before I returned to St. Louis in August 2010.

The Proposal

I proposed using waffles. After a weekend of failed attempts due to various forces of nature and acts of God, I realized my window of opportunity was slipping away and made up my mind to make breakfast in bed for Christie and propose then. The problem was, Christie was anxious to get the day started, so she wandered down to the kitchen when she smelled coffee brewing. Determined not to be thwarted again, I forced Christie out of the kitchen. Unaware of what was about to happen, she started to browse Craigslist. A few minutes into her search, I arrived with a tray of strawberry-covered waffles. I dropped to one knee and asked a completely surprised (and under-caffeinated) Christie to marry me.

The Big Day

March 26, 2011

MALORY MAHON, 24 & CHRISTOPHER CALTAGIRONE, 27
How We Met

Chris and I met when I was 12 years old and he was 15. Chris went to grade school, Holy Innocents, with my cousin, and we were friends (although I had a childhood crush on him throughout that time) before we started dating. It was on his 21st birthday party at Johnny Gitto’s that our love story started. We danced the whole night together when the song “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling” came on and Chris serenaded me, “Top Gun” style; he got down on his knees! At the time I had never seen “Top Gun,” but for some reason it made me fall in love with him. Chris then got the gumption to finally ask me on a real first date.

The Proposal

It was our six-year anniversary and Chris told me he was going to make me dinner. We decided we were going to make each other our anniversary gifts, and he let it slip that he was going to paint me a picture. He is not an artist, so I was a little bit nervous about what he was going to paint and where I would have to hang it in our house. Chris told me I could nap while he prepared dinner, and when I awoke, he had dinner ready downstairs in the basement—a table set up with our food lit by candlelight, a poster with a poem he’d written and pictures of us hung all around. On one wall the picture he painted of me was hanging with a cloth over it. We ate a delicious dinner of steak Milanese, cappelini pasta, asparagus and red wine. After dinner I begged him to let me see the picture, and when I removed the cloth, under the painting he had written, “Will you marry me, Malory?”

The Big Day
November 5, 2011 at Palladium St. Louis

KATELYN GELBER, 23 & KYLE MEYER, 22
How We Met

We have known each other our whole lives—our parents have always been friends. I was living in California when we first started talking. I was sitting in my office making a pair of shoes (I’m co-owner of Km2 Shoes) when I got a call from a random St. Louis number, so of course I didn’t answer. I got a voicemail and was completely shocked to hear that it was Kyle. I later found out that this was in the works for a few months (Kyle was really close with my little sister Mattison because she was friends with his little sister). As it turned out, I was already planning on moving back to St. Louis for a couple months. A week after I got home, he invited me to go running. Two days later he took me to a wedding as his date.

The Proposal
In our first couple months of dating, I mentioned to Kyle that I would love to go to New York with him someday. Being the man that he is, he remembered every detail of every word I said. We planned a trip to New York for my birthday and had dinner the in Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel. We went strolling around NYC before dinner; we went to Rockefeller Plaza, Radio City Music Hall and then Central Park where we ended up on a beautiful bridge overlooking an ice skating rink. With Christmas music playing and the city skyline in the background, he wanted to take a picture—I was putting my phone away and getting ready when I looked over at Kyle. With a huge grin on his face, he got down on one knee and asked, “Will you marry me?”

The Big Day
October 15, 2011

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Christy Kure, 31 & Bradley Fink, 31

Christy Kure, 31 & Bradley Fink, 31

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Malory Mahon, 24 & Christopher Caltagirone, 27

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Katelyn Gelber, 23 & Kyle Meyer, 22

Katelyn Gelber, 23 & Kyle Meyer, 22

 

Photo credit: Photos courtesy of the couples.

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