Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories
Afrisha Kincaid-Latham, 30 & Devon Anderson, 38
Occupations: I’m a technical marketing specialist at Sigma-Aldrich and he is an account development specialist at Sigma-Aldrich. First Date: We had dinner at Portabella and then drinks and cigars at Brennan’s. It was a perfect night! The Proposal: Nov. 20, 2012. We were going on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise porting out of Rome (Civitavecchia), and we decided to arrive in Italy a couple days earlier so we could do some sightseeing. We started with the Colosseum and by the end of the day found ourselves just wandering the streets of Rome. Eventually, we ended up at the Trevi Fountain. Devon asked me if I thought it was the most romantic spot in Rome and I said I did. Then he proposed, and of course I said yes! Believe it or not: We secretly dated for three months before our co-worker busted us having brunch together at Vin de Set. Ideal St. Louis date night: An amazing dinner at one of our favorite restaurants and then Stanley’s for a nightcap. Our Song: “All of Me” by John Legend. This will be our first dance. Our relationship in three words: Spontaneous, caring and fun! Our Unique Love: Our story is unique because we literally did not like each other at all for the first two years we worked together. We fought all the time. Everyone in the office joked that we fought like we had been married a long time. I will never forget the day I told Devon, “I feel sorry for the unlucky lady who ends up marrying you.” Welp…I’m definitely eating those words now, and I really am the luckiest girl in the world to have him! The Big Day: Spring 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis.
Lauren Booth, 31 & Zachary Zecher, 30
Occupations: I am a national sales representative of DeckTools at Simpson Strong-Tie and Zachary works crew at St. Louis Resurfacing. First Sight: We met on match.com, and the first time we saw each other was on a blind date. I was a little intimidated. I thought, “OMG he is so cute…maybe too good-looking for me!” First Date: We had breakfast at Spencer’s Grill in Kirkwood. Then he called a few hours later asking me if I would like to walk down Main Street in St. Charles because it was such a beautiful day in October. We had lunch at Llywelyn’s and then decided to make dinner at his place and watch the Cardinals game. It was the best 12 hours of my life. Needless to say, we haven’t been apart since. The Proposal: It happened at Kirkwood City Park on the Fourth of July, while we were lying on our backs watching the grand finale of the fireworks show. He rolled over and asked, “Well, what do you say?” That was all he needed to say. Together we like to: We love going to the movies, grilling out on our deck, bicycling Grant’s Trail and spending time with our friends and families. Believe it or not: I make him get pedicures with me. He hates it, but he is a good sport and his feet look so much better afterwards! Our Song: George Straight’s “Give It All We Got Tonight.” The Big Day: Jan. 31, 2014, at Windows On Washington.
Afrisha Kincaid-Latham and Devon Anderson photo by Meg and Josh Souder, Love is a Big Deal
Photo credit: Afrisha Kincaid-Latham and Devon Anderson photo by Meg and Josh Souder, Love is a Big Deal | Laren Booth and Zachary Zecher photo by N.Cole