Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories.
Whitney Agers, 27 & Ryan Schaaf, 32
Occupations: I teach Kindergarten, first and second grade art at North County Primary School in Bonne Terre, MO. Ryan is a union carpenter for Safway Industrial at Phillips 66 Refinery in Wood River, IL.
The Proposal: Ryan tricked me into coming back to St. Louis on Christmas Eve morning to do some last-minute shopping for his family’s Christmas celebration that evening. I was definitely a little confused, because he had assured me several times that week that he was finished with his shopping. I told him that I would ride with him, but that I needed to stay at his house and get ready for Christmas Eve mass that evening while he ran errands. When he came home, he didn’t have any bags or gifts (he assured me they were in the car). As I turned the corner, I found him down on one knee with an absolutely gorgeous ring. He told me he had wanted to wait until after the hustle of the holiday season was over, but when his jeweler called and said the ring was ready, he couldn’t wait any longer to give it to me! We celebrated the rest of the evening and the next day with both of our families.
Our Song: Ryan and I have very eclectic tastes in music, but something that always makes us think of each other is “Stubborn Love” by The Lumineers.
Together we like to: Ryan is a bit of an adrenaline junkie and has introduced me to things outside of my comfort zone like mountain biking, rock climbing and wakeboarding. We also love entertaining and being with our friends and families at barbecues and get-togethers. In the summer, we go on a lot of camping and float trips. We love looking up information and planning our future vacations and adventures. We can’t wait to experience everything Saint Lucia has to offer on our honeymoon this summer!
The Big Day: July 13, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Kimberly Woodard, 31 & James Young, Jr., 31
Occupations: I am a supervising producer for FOX 2/KPLR 11, and James is an environmental representative (health inspector) for the St. Louis County Department of Health.
First Date: We ate dinner and played games at Dave and Busters for hours. I always joke about our date and the Quick Shot (moving basketball rim) game. I won several times—in heels! We both are so competitive. Neither of us will ever forget that night and the laughs and jokes we shared. I knew at that moment we would become the best of friends.
Together we like to: We both are big movie fans, so catching dinner and a show is always at the top of our list. We also enjoy laser tag, miniature golf and karaoke. Our ideal St. Louis date night would be dinner at PF Chang’s, our favorite, followed by a concert or comedy show at Chaifetz Arena or Fox Theatre. Then, we’d cap it all off with a nice bottle of wine.
Belive it or not: We have a list of recorded shows that we both love to watch. Since we don’t live together, we wait until the weekend to watch them together and critique the episodes.
The Proposal: It came as a total surprise! For our six-year anniversary in December, I didn’t want to make a big fuss—little did I know that James had an entire weekend of fun events planned! At the end of it all, he got down on one knee at my apartment and popped the question—it was intimate, personal and just great.
The Big Day: June 21, 2014, at The City of Life Christian Church, with a reception at The Ceders.
Whitney Agers & Ryan Schaaf
Photo credit: Agers-Schaaf photo by D-Squared Designs; Woodard-Young photo by Bailey Mohr/Beautiful Mess Photography