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Three St. Louis couples share their engagement stories.

 

ALYSSA WORTH, 26 & EUGENE TUCKER, 29

HOW WE MET
Eugene and I met a few times last year through mutual friends, but I was in a relationship at the time, so nothing happened right away. Apparently, though, I had still made quite an impression on him—because months later, when he heard I was available again, he asked a friend for my number. We immediately hit it off, and our very fi rst phone call lasted almost two hours! After several dates—including a romantic afternoon at Saint Louis Art Museum, during which I set off the alarms twice from talking with my hands too close to the artwork—we knew we were crazy about each other and have been inseparable ever since.
THE PROPOSAL
The rooftop of Eugene’s building in the Central West End has a beautiful view overlooking Forest Park and the city. This is where he asked me to be his girlfriend and where he fi rst told me he loved me, so it is a very special place for us both. After a date night in June, Eugene casually suggested we head up to the roof since the weather was so perfect. However, when we reached the door, it was jammed shut! We both tried pushing at the door with all our strength, but eventually had to give up. As we turned to head back down the stairs, he surprised me by dropping down onto one knee and pulling out the ring! I was completely shocked and blurted out, “What?! Here?! Yes!”
THE BIG DAY
June 30, 2012 at Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church in Frontenac and a reception in Chesterfield, MO.

ANGELA BROWN, 25 & ERIC PALANK, 26

HOW WE MET
Angie and I went to Fort Zumwalt West High School together, but despite having mutual friends, we had never met. Several years later, we became friends on Facebook and began talking, and I fi nally got the courage to ask her out. Our first date was a little bit awkward because she refused to let me come pick her up—she insisted that we drive separately instead. Later, she told me she didn’t want me to know where she lived in case I was a “creeper.” But, the date went perfectly and we’ve been together ever since—and now, she always lets me drive.
THE PROPOSAL
I planned the proposal for many months, starting with a vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks, where we went to a jewelry store and I convinced her to try on engagement rings. She found one that she loved, but I never let her believe I was planning on buying it. A few months later, I planned a date that included a spa day for Angela, dinner at The Melting Pot and a hotel suite for the night. While she was at the spa, I arranged a giant heart and the words “Marry Me” on the bed with rose petals. I led her into the suite, and as I got down on one knee, I forgot everything I wanted to say. She was already crying as I opened the box with her dream ring inside, told her I loved her and asked her to marry me. Now she knows why I sold my beloved Cobra Mustang.
THE BIG DAY
Summer 2012 on a beach in Jamaica and receptions in Missouri and Ohio.

JESSICA STRASSNER, 34 & MIKE MCMULLEN, 37

HOW WE MET
Mike and I met for the first time in the summer of 2008. One of my best friends from college was the play-by-play announcer for a football team here in St. Louis at the time, and she invited me to a game. I almost didn’t go that day, but I’m so glad that I did—because Mike turned out to be the quarterback. We all went out together after the game, and from then on, Mike and I started talking and spending a lot of time together. Even though he was a big football player, I could tell there was something very genuine and sincere about him. I loved that instantly, and we’ve been together ever since.

THE PROPOSAL

For my birthday, Mike and his two wonderful children, Kalli and Kaden, were taking me to Kitaro in O’Fallon for dinner with Mike’s brother and his family. After we finished eating, Mike told me that my birthday gift hadn’t been delivered in time, but he still wanted me to open my card. I did, and inside the card was the ring I had casually pointed out as my favorite several months earlier, tied with a bow and the words, “Will You Marry Me?” in his handwriting. I immediately started to cry, so everyone at the table wanted to know what the card said. Since I was still speechless, 5-year-old Kalli took the card from me and read it aloud for the group. It was a really sweet moment. Of course I said “yes,” and the whole family hugged and celebrated.

THE BIG DAY

November 26, 2011 at New Town Chapel and New Town Event Tent in St. Charles, MO.

 

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Alyssa Worth & Eugene Tucker

Alyssa Worth & Eugene Tucker

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Angela Brown & Eric Palank

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Jessica Strassner & Mike McMullen

Jessica Strassner & Mike McMullen

 

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