Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories.
Lynette Brown, 33 &Terrance Robinson, 35
OCCUPATIONS: We both work at Verizon Wireless—I am a strategic accounts manager and Terrance is a director of global enterprise solutions.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT: Our families have known each other since we were children, but Terrance and I didn’t meet until years later, at work. We saw each other for the first time in the office when Terrance was interviewing for a new position.
FIRST DATE: We ate dinner at Vin de Set, and afterwards had cocktails outside in front of the fire at Café Eau. When we got into the car to go home, Terrance sang one of my favorite love songs to me. My heart melted!
THE PROPOSAL: The day he proposed, Terrance chose the location where he said he knew his life had changed as a result of meeting me. He took me out to lunch at the restaurant we went to on our first date. Then, we retraced our steps from the long walk we took that first night, when we didn’t want the evening to end. When we arrived at the courtyard pavilion, he dropped to one knee and proposed. Onlookers and passersby applauded when I said “yes.”
OUR SONG: “Joy” by Blackstreet.
TOGETHER WE LIKE TO: Travel! The first tradition we set as a couple was to celebrate New Year’s each year in a different country or place we’ve never been.
THE BIG DAY: March 29, 2013, at the Renaissance Grand Hotel.
Lauren Henderson, 26 & Drew Biondo, 27
OCCUPATIONS: Drew is an optometrist at Mulqueeny Eye Center in Creve Coeur, and I am the Promotions Assistant at Cliffedge Marketing. I am also a part-time member of Team Fredbird with the St. Louis Cardinals.
FIRST DATE: We set out on a mission to find the best hole-in-the-wall bars in St. Louis. We ended up finding more than the best bars! We’ve been together now for six years.
THE PROPOSAL: Drew and I had dinner plans after a Cardinals game one day in April, and he suggested we swing by my favorite spot in Forest Park, the Grand Basin, first. It had been storming all day, but the skies cleared for just enough time to enjoy a couple of Coronas. What I thought was a leisurely picnic turned into Drew, down on one knee, asking me to marry him! I managed to choke out an excited “yes” through my tears of happiness, but he didn’t stop there. We hopped over to one of our other favorite spots, The Boathouse, to take a spin on a paddle boat in memory of our first date. As soon as we made it back to the Grand Basin in our boat, it started pouring. It really didn’t faze me one bit—we just laughed and soaked up the moment… literally!
OUR SONG: “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show.
OUR RELATIONSHIP IN THREE WORDS: Adventurous, strong and upbeat.
THE BIG DAY: Sept. 1, 2013, at 9th Street Abbey in Soulard.
Lynette Brown, 33 & Terrance Robinson, 35
Photo credit: Top left photo by L Photographie. Top right photo by Vaeth Photography.