Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories.
Amie Needham, 39 & Jacqulyn Nolan, 30
Occupations: I’m a shareholder attorney at Littler Mendelson, and Jacqulyn works at Aetna as a mid-American regional director.
The Proposal: I asked Jacq to marry me while we were ice skating under the colossal Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York. Jacq had no idea we were going to NYC, so the entire weekend was a surprise. (She thought we were going to India Palace out in the county for dinner, when I had secretly packed her bags.) The whole weekend was a spontaneous romantic adventure. I even hired a proposal photographer to capture the moment when Jacq said yes.
First Sight: We had been introduced sometime before, but it was at my annual Champagne party in December 2009 that we locked eyes and knew that our lives were never going to be the same.
First Date: I invited Jacq over to my house and cooked her a four-course vegetarian dinner. To this day, Jacq says it was the best meal of her life.
Ideal St. Louis Date Night: Drinks at Olio in Tower Grove, dinner at Anthonino’s Taverna on The Hill, live music (anywhere), followed by dancing in The Grove. Or, a quiet night at home in pajamas playing Scrabble and watching movies.
Together we like to: Watch football. College football Saturdays are sacred in our house. We have intense feelings about our alma maters—Oklahoma State University and University of Michigan.
Quirkiest thing about us: We write lyrics to country music songs together and then take turns playing our ukulele, singing the songs to one another—preferably with a twang. Our relationship in three words: Sexy, multifaceted, enduring.
Our Song: “You and Me” by Dave Matthews Band.
The Big Day: Somewhere outside in 2015.
Josh Mortland, 30 & Katie Zelle, 27
Occupations: I’m a Ph.D. candidate in evolutionary genetics at Washington University. Josh is a real estate agent and postal service employee.
First Sight: We first met after a Cardinals game on The Landing. We saw one another from across the room, and if love at first sight exists, that had to be it. I remember that he had the sweetest country accent and made me laugh, and I knew this city girl had to get to know that country boy.
The Proposal: Because he has a background in real estate, I often teased Josh that he better reserve the property on my hand (my left ring finger) or it may just get taken up! On his way to St. Louis one weekend, Josh told me about a property he was interested in purchasing. When he arrived at my house, he showed me a Craigslist posting for that property. The ad showed a picture of my left hand along with a very sweet description!
Believe it or not: We have maintained a long-distance relationship for four years. It has been tough at times, but it has allowed us to grow independently, and now we are more excited than ever to start our lives together.
The Big Day: Sept. 27, 2014, at Pere Marquette State Park, followed by a reception in the lodge.