Engagements: Recently Ringed
Three St. Louis couples share their engagement stories.
Victoria Moran, 21 & Josh Heady, 30
How We Met
Josh and I met while we were living Downtown. We both lived in the Soulard Market Lofts and often saw each other at our favorite bar and restaurant in Soulard. I thought he was the most attractive man I had ever seen in my life, so I started to show interest in him; he eventually got the drift and asked me out. Our first date was at a Blues hockey game and we sat in the second row right behind the net!
Josh brought me to his hometown of Sullivan, Mo., where he told me the only”fib” to this day. He said we were going to his church where the owner of the town newspaper was conducting a meeting. Little did I know he had both of our families waiting inside the church. He took me through a side door where he had white and red roses scattered all over the floor leading up to the altar area. I was so thrown off guard I actually didn’t realize the flowers were there until after he had asked me to marry him at the altar.
The Big Day
Lisa Ewing, 24 & Mark Pratzel, 24
How We Met
Mark and I started dating during our senior year at Parkway Central High School in 2003. We had known of each other throughout high school and had mutual friends, but it was not until calculus class senior year that we started talking. Mark sat in front of me, and we found ourselves talking before and after class. It was during that same semester that Mark and I started dating. As senior year ended, we had both decided to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and we spent our college years together at Mizzou.
This past summer, Mark worked as a summer associate at a law firm in Clayton. The firm held several events and dinners for the summer associates and their significant others. At the end of the summer, Mark received an offer from the law firm. Mark had said that two of the partners from the firm and their wives had invited us to dinner in celebration of his job offer. We arrived for dinner at Annie Gunn’s Steakhouse in Chesterfield and the hostess said that Mark’s co-workers had called and said they were going to be a few minutes late. We were shown to our private booth and our table was set for six along with a bottle of champagne. Mark handed me the bottle of champagne and on it was a personalized label that said, “Lisa, I have a question for you.” At that moment, I asked, “Are you serious?” multiple times before he could even ask. Mark pulled out the ring and said, “I’m serious” and asked me to marry him. Turns out the six place settings at the table were for Mark, myself and our parents.
The Big Day
August 6, 2011 at the Provincial House Chapel on the UMSL campus followed by a reception at Lumen Private Event Space.
Megan Boucher, 25 & Matt Biegacki, 25
How We Met
Matt and I met through his roommate Adam, with whom I had grown up and went to high school in Troy, Ill. Matt and Adam met at Saint Louis University, and afterward, they became roommates in a loft Downtown. One night, a girlfriend and I were meeting Adam at McGurk’s for drinks and Adam brought Matt. We hit it off and after that night, Matt and I talked on the phone a couple times. A few weeks later I had a work event and was going to miss the season premiere of “The Office” (a show we both love!), and Matt offered to DVR it and invited me over to watch it. We have been together ever since.
I knew something was up because my Dad had let it slip that Matt invited him to lunch. Matt picked me up for dinner with my parents at Vin de Set one evening. On the way he stopped in Lafayette Square in front of the big fountain. He took my hand and I started to cry. He got down on his knee and pulled out the ring, a round diamond on a platinum band of diamonds from Simons Jewelers in Clayton. He had picked it out with help from his Mom. Through my tears I screamed ‘Yes!’ and we went to our planned dinner. As we finished, our friends started showing up. Matt had invited them all for a mini-engagement party on the roof of Vin de Set.
The Big Day
October 1, 2011 at the Old Cathedral and reception at City Museum.
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Megan Boucher & Matt Biegacki
Lisa Ewing & Mark Pratzel
Photo credit: Photos courtesy of the couples