Weddings + EngagementsDec 28, 2011
Three St. Louis couples share their engagement stories.
Story: Edited by Melissa Grubbs
Photos: Photos courtesy of the couples.
Alison Sieloff, 34 & Sam Foxman, 37HOW WE MET
Alison and I first met at the office in 2000. We worked together at an entertainment company, but in different departments. One evening, I was in the elevator leaving for the day, and Alison walked in to join me. I said hello and made small talk. I noticed her big blue eyes and thought, "Wow, she's cute!" A few weeks later, we attended a company party at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, and I asked Alison to dance with me. Our relationship grew out of those long-ago moments on the dance floor!
In October, I arranged a private tour of the current exhibition at the Contemporary
Art Museum, which was led by the former museum director Paul Ha. Paul walked us through each gallery, describing the vision and technique that went into creating each work of art. We ended the tour in the Front Room, a small gallery space where there were two bold photographs and artist Donald Baechler's "The Lucky Ring" print. After Paul gave an explanation of the art on display in the room, he stepped out to let us view the pieces on our own. I grabbed the Baechler diamond ring print off the wall, got down on one knee and popped the question—using the piece of art as the ring! (Don't worry, there was an actual ring as well.) Alison was totally surprised and said "yes!" She is my best friend, a true partner, and I adore her immeasurably—I am so happy and excited to marry this fantastic woman! P.S. Donald Baechler's "The Lucky Ring" is now hanging in our home!
THE BIG DAY
Winter 2012, location TBD.
Jean Crompton, 24 & James Patrick Schmidt, 23
HOW WE MET
James and I met at Alleman High School in Rock Island, IL. He took my best friend to the homecoming dance freshman year. She was not interested in James, but I thought he was cute and saved him from being totally ditched at the dance. We really got to know each other the next week, and I said to him, "If you asked me out, I would say yes." He did, and we have been together ever since. I went to SIU-Edwardsville and James went to the University of Missouri. After he graduated, we lived together in St. Louis for a short while before he moved to Florida for a job. It can be hard to be apart, but it's worth it.
James flew in to visit for Mizzou's Homecoming, so I picked him up from the airport. He had been telling me that he wanted to go to Arch Park and see the Mississippi first thing, so we headed straight there. We found a bench near the river, and he gave me my anniversary gift: a scrapbook he'd made of all our years together. I assumed this was the surprise he'd been hinting at all week. As we walked closer to the river, he said my full name, "Jean Danielle Crompton." I looked at him like he was crazy; then, he got down on his knee and held up the ring. I was thinking, "Oh my God!" over and over in my head, but it turns out I was saying it out loud, too! I didn't even hear him ask the question; I just grabbed the ring and said "yes." He stood up and pulled me into a big hug. Up on the sidewalk, three guys who were walking past started cheering for us, which was just enough public attention to make it feel real.
THE BIG DAY
November 10, 2012 at Christ the King Church in Moline, IL and reception at the University Club of Moline.
Kelly Yehling, 27 & Mike Reiter, 28
HOW WE MET
Mike and I met at a party when I was 13 years old, shortly after his family moved back to St. Louis from Washington D.C. Over the next few years, we stayed in touch and eventually became close friends. Mike joined the Marines in 2001, and he came to say goodbye to me the day he left for boot camp. We had our first kiss standing outside his red Ford Ranger in my parents' driveway.
Mike proposed to me on July 22, 2011. We had been planning on having a date night all week, and I was really excited to hang out since we'd been having such a busy summer. We were getting ready to walk out the door when he went out to get something from the garage. I was switching purses for our night out, and when I walked back into the living room ready to go, he just looked at me for a moment, then got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. It was so sweet and simple and perfect. I was completely surprised! I think I asked if it was a joke before I said "yes!" Mike and I had been talking about getting married for a long time, but he had me convinced that it would be a while before we walked down the aisle. We celebrated that night with friends and family at our favorite bar. I found out later that night that my ring, a beautiful cushion-cut diamond in a split shank halo setting, had been in our basement in his hunting bow's box for months. He definitely picked the perfect hiding spot!
THE BIG DAY
January 20, 2012 at Queen of All Saints in St. Louis and reception at Andre's West.
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