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Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories.


Sarah Deraps, 26 & Brittany Bradford, 20

Occupations: Sarah works at Directory Publishing Systems as a Sales Representative, and I work at No Leash Needed as a doggie day camp attendant.

First Sight: The first time I saw Sarah, she was picking me up for our first date. When I opened the door, she was looking down at the ground—then, as if in slow motion, she raised her head with a huge beautiful smile and such lit-up eyes. It was truly love at first sight.

First Date: Sarah didn’t have a plan when she came to pick me up, so I decided we should see the movie “Iron Lady.” We arrived almost an hour early and just sat there, which could have been super awkward, but we just hit it off. We talked for hours afterwards, too.

The Proposal: On Feb. 3, after only three weeks of dating, we were visiting Sarah’s family and she asked me to step outside to talk. It started to rain and she selflessly handed me her jacket and hat. In return, I told her I loved her. We kissed, and she spontaneously asked me to marry her in the middle of the pouring rain! Of course I answered “yes”!

Our Song: Even though our relationship has been relatively short, we feel like we have known each other for a long time, so our song is “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.

Our Relationship in three words: Spontaneous, quirky and genuine. Together we like to: We enjoy going to town, eating outside and attending street festivals with Riley, our rescue dog. For date night, we love attending a Cards game or trying new sushi at Drunken Fish in the Central West End.

The Big Day: May 26, 2013 on the sandy beaches
of San Diego, with a reception in St. Louis at Tower Grove Park.

Brent Salsbury, 31 & Prity Oza, 31

Occupations: Brent is an attorney with Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs, LLC, and I am a pharmaceutical representative with Forest Pharmaceuticals.

First Sight: We first met at Cielo in the lobby. I was not expecting to meet my future husband that night—I even told him that I wanted to set him up with a friend at the time. In the end, though, I found him too handsome and charming to pass up.

First Date: We had dinner at Modesto and then saw Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” at the Moolah.

The Proposal: On the night of the engagement, we went to the Four Seasons, took the elevator up to Cielo and headed to a nearby table. Then, out of the blue, Brent knelt down and reminded me that I was standing in the exact spot where he first laid eyes on me. He popped the question, and after a few tears, I said “yes”. When we finished dinner, he surprised me with my friends and family, who came from all over the country to celebrate our exciting news.

Our Song: “Love of a Lifetime” by Firehouse.

Home Sweet Home: It is amazing that a boy from a small town in northern Illinois and a girl born in Mozambique, Africa found their way into each other’s hearts here in STL!

Perfect Date: Packing a picnic basket with our favorite foods and drinks and spending the afternoon enjoying Forest Park.

The Big Day: A Hindu ceremony and reception, Dec. 8, 2012 at the Downtown Hilton in Springfield, IL.



Sarah Deraps and Brittany Bradford


Brent Salsbury and Prity Oza


Photo credit: Jonathan Miller and Heather Brulez

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