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Three St. Louis couples share their engagement stories.

 

Nicole Buschmann, 26 & Edward Russo, 29

How We Met

Ed and I first met when we sat at the same table for a wedding reception at St. Francis Xaviers Ballroom during the summer of 2006. We didnt begin dating until May 2008, when we reconnected on the dance floor at my cousins wedding receptionmy cousin sensed the attraction and insisted that we dance together! Since then, we have had an amazing (though sometimes challenging) three years together. Ed, a staff sergeant in the US Army, was deployed to Afghanistan in September 2010. Although it was difficult for us to be apart, nothing compares to the moment a year later when I saw him in the airport as he returned home!

The Proposal

We tried a lot of new restaurants while Ed was home (for only five weeks), so I thought nothing of it when he took me out for dinner at Monarch in Maplewood. He talked a lot about our future together during the meal, which I thought was the wine speakingI had no idea he was setting me up for big plans for later in the evening. After the meal, Ed said we were meeting a friend for drinks near Saint Louis Universitys campus. As we drove there, I started pointing out places we could go that evening, but Ed seemed distracted. He parked, and we started walking around on Grand Blvd. until we reached St. Francis Xavier College Church. Ed stopped, turned around and got down on one knee. He placed a gorgeous ring, which he picked out himself at Walters Jewelry, on my finger. I was so surprised and happy that I started to cry, and then said “yes!”

The Big Day

October 6, 2012 at St. Francis Xavier College Church, reception at Lumen Private Event Space

Chelcy Liliensiek, 21 & Micah Canaday, 21

How We Met

Chelcy and I first met during our sophomore year at Timberland High School. We became best friends and started dating April 27, 2008, when we were both 18. Our relationship grew quickly over the summer, and we spent most of our days together, including trips to Colorado and Puerto Rico with my family. At the end of that summer, our relationship was tested for the first time when Chelcy went to Southeast Missouri State for college, and I attended Maryville University.

The Proposal

Our last year away from each other was quickly approaching. Before Chelcy left for her final year of college, I told her that I wanted to take her out one last time. We started the day by walking around the Delmar Loop eating Fro-Yo, and later, we headed Downtown. I had arranged for a romantic horse-drawn carriage to take us to our next location: a riverboat dinner cruise in front of the Arch, complete with a live band. After eating, we went out onto the front deck of the boat to enjoy the view and take pictures. As we approached the Arch, I whispered into her ear, “I have a question for you.” She started laughing and jokingly said, “Shut up!” Then, she turned around and saw me down on one knee holding a princess-cut solitaire diamond ring from Helzberg Diamonds. I asked her to marry me, and she immediately said, “yes!”

The Big Day
July 28, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in St. Charles, reception at Heart of St. Charles

Katie Heineman, 29 & Chad Overbey, 30

How We Met

Chad is a bartender at Felixs Pizza Pub in Dogtown. I happen to live there, so would stop by now and then for a delicious beverage or two. When I first met Chad, I was dating someone else, but thought Chad was a funny, sweet guyhe was definitely my favorite bartender! One day, I made plans to meet one of my friends at Felixs for happy hour, and Chad happened to be working. He noticed that I was with a girlfriend this time, not my boyfriend, and asked if I was still dating him. I was not. When my friend and I were leaving Felixs, Chad asked me for my phone number, which I discretely left on the back of my receipt. He called that weekend to ask me out, and the rest is history!

The Proposal

This past July, Chad and I took a summer vacation in Cape Cod. One day, we took a ferry out to the islands of Marthas Vineyard and spent the day exploring and walking around together. The day was coming to an end, but we still had a few hours until the ferry came to take us back to the mainland, so we decided to relax for a while at a cute little bar near the port. We had a few drinks and were chatting with some locals, when all of a sudden Chad dropped down to one knee and anxiously said to me, “I was trying to find a lighthouse all day to do this at, but this will work, too. Katie Heineman, will you marry me?” He completely surprised me, and I immediately started to cry. I think I said “yes,” but to this day, he insists that I never officially responded. It was a moment we will never forget.

The Big Day

September 15, 2012, reception at Windows on Washington

 

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Nicole Buschmann, 26 & Edward Russo, 29

Nicole Buschmann, 26 & Edward Russo, 29

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Chelcy Liliensiek, 21 & Micah Canaday, 21

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Katie Heineman, 29 & Chad Overbey, 30

Katie Heineman, 29 & Chad Overbey, 30

 

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