Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories.
Brooke Shane, 28 & Stephanie Shane, 34
Occupations: I am an associate analyst at World Wide Technology, and Stephanie is a registered nurse at Fayette County Hospital.
First Date: We took a drive to a winery in Augusta, MO. It was a beautiful day filled with wine, music and gorgeous scenery.
The Proposal: My goal was to have Stephanie wake up and see the ring on her finger, but it was a huge failure—she woke up while I was trying to put it on. It actually ended up being a very perfect and sweet moment, filled with laughter and tears.
A Long Time Coming: We have been together for six years, engaged for five and we have two beautiful children. We even had our names legally changed when our children were born, so we all could share the same name. We have waited years for the laws to allow us to marry, and finally realized that it doesn’t matter—no one but us can define our love, so we chose to celebrate it.
Our Song: “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King.
Together we like to: When the weather is nice, we spend a lot of time out at the local lake taking boat rides and hanging out by the fire. Other times, we just like spending time with our kids and taking in life. For date night, we love going to sporting events—plus maybe a little gambling before or after. There are so many great restaurants, but Remy’s in Clayton is one of our favorites.
Home Sweet Home: We have a small farmhouse tucked on the outskirts of a small town. We look forward to watching many sunsets together on that porch.
The Big Day: September 20, 2013 at the Double Tree Hilton in Collinsville, IL.
Stacey Mertz, 28 & Shawn Seymour, 33
First Sight: I was bartending parttime during the 2010 Winter Olympics, when an excited customer stripped down to nearly nothing and high-fived everyone at the bar after his home country, Canada, won the gold in hockey. It was the first of many times Shawn made me laugh until I cried.
The Proposal: Shawn received an amazing career opportunity that would require him to relocate to Grand Rapids, MI, and a few weeks later, I found a job there as well. The day after I moved, Shawn took me to a restaurant on one of the Lake Michigan beaches to celebrate my new job and our new life in Michigan. After dinner, Shawn held my hand and told me that a few weeks prior, he had asked my dad an important question. As he got down on one knee, he said he had a very important question to ask me: Would I marry him? I was so surprised and overwhelmed, but still managed a “yes!”
Together we like to: Since we met at a bar, we naturally share a love for microbrews! We love trying new breweries and have been blessed enough to live in the two greatest beer markets in the country: St. Louis and Grand Rapids.
Our Song: “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne.
The Big Day: October 2013 at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church.
Brooke Shane & Stephanie Shane
Photo credit: Amanda Kar Photography and Justine Montigny.