Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories
Kurt Munzer, 28 & Lydiann Willard, 28
Occupations: [Lydiann] I’m a French teacher at Fort Zumwalt South High School, and Kurt is a resident physician at Saint Louis University Hospital.
The Proposal: [Lydiann] For Kurt’s birthday earlier in September, I’d hand-made a map that outlined the timeline of our relationship together (our first meeting, our first kiss, etc.). For the proposal on Dec. 21, 2013, Kurt replicated the map project using the same materials, with Vin De Set now being a “pin” on the map as “where we got engaged.”
First Sight: [Lydiann] The first time I saw Kurt, I was in college, out with some friends. I knew from the moment I saw Kurt that I wanted to meet him. Something about him—his magnetism, his humor, his “realness”—made me want to get to know him. [Kurt] I first ‘saw’ Lydiann during my junior year of college. Although I’m typically shy, I was smitten. I would have never forgiven myself for missing the opportunity to introduce myself. The rest, as they say, is history.
Our First Date: [Kurt] Despite meeting in college, our first date wasn’t until five years later due to Lydiann’s travels and my busy schedule as a medical student. We had rekindled the spark a few weeks earlier at a mutual friend’s movie night. I took Lydiann to Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza where we caught up over sushi and a T-Bones baseball game afterward. It took no time at all for us to reconnect and start laughing together again.
Ideal St. Louis Date Night: [Lydiann] One of our favorite restaurants is a small Vietnamese restaurant on South Grand called Banh Mi So. But we also love Soulard: Whether it be Molly’s Sunday brunch or apps and pizza outside at Joanie’s, it’s a great jumping point before our favorite date spot—a Cardinals game!
Us In Three Words: Fun, spontaneous, nerdy.
Our Song: “Your Song” by Elton John.
The Big Day: June 13, 2015, at Chaumette Vineyards and Winery in Ste. Genevieve, MO.
Shaun Broeker, 30 & Melissa Gall, 24
Occupations: I’m a marketing manager at Interim Physicians. Shaun is a business litigation attorney at firm in St. Louis, and his basic duties include striving to be Harvey Specter from “Suits.”
The Proposal: We always love going down to visit Shaun’s family at their family farm in Pershing, MO. As we packed, I was particularly sleepy and a bit reluctant to make the two-hour drive. We made it to the farm and, like most trips there, Shaun immediately directed me to a four-wheeler. Of course, I jumped on for another adventure with my backwoods boy. Shaun took me to a beautiful outlook over the old barn house, lake and rolling green hills. I was shocked as he pulled out an incredible ring and promised me we could continue building our life together.
First Sight: We were getting our dance on into the wee hours, and he was making fun of me for my not-so-hot moves in his sweet country accent. I couldn’t stop laughing and wanted to get to know him.
Together We Like To: We love to travel. We’ve been to the Indy 500 together. We’ve caught big roosterfish in Costa Rica together. We’ve survived monsoons in Mexico and have many plans for future travels.
Quirkiest Thing About the Relationship: Shaun won’t ride in the car with me driving. I still don’t know why, but he claims motion sickness.
Us In Three Words: Intimate, playful and classic.
The Big Day: Sometime this spring.
Kurt Munzer & Lydiann Willard, Cindy Lee Photography.