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


Ranie Atwood, 33 & Doug Verby, 35

Occupations: Doug is a science teacher and varsity football coach at Clayton High School, and I am a
professional consultant at Moneta Group.

The Proposal: We’ve been together since the summer of 2010. Doug proposed in the gazebo outside the Hermann Hill Cottages in March. We vacation in Hermann every year over spring break, and Doug waited until the very last day of the trip—the car was even packed up to come home.

Together We Like To: Our weekends get pretty hectic, especially during football season, so we really enjoy it when we get to relax at home watching our favorite TV shows with our two dogs, our cocker spaniel, Ani, and our Labrador-pit mix, Scout. When we go out, we love to do so in St. Louis City—there
is so much to do and see. We love going to dinner as well. We have a standing Thursday-night date
at Quincy Street Bistro, and we love trying new restaurants.

Ideal St. Louis Date Night: A movie at the Moolah or MX, drinks at Absolutli Goosed and dinner at Five
on The Hill.

Quirkiest Thing About the Relationship: We have really geeky tastes in TV and movies. We love “Star
Trek”—really anything sci-fi—and comic book movies.

Our Unique Love: We met through our good friends, who knew us well enough to introduce us, and we are so thankful for that. Meeting one another’s friends and seeing how much they loved the other is what
built our foundation for getting to know each other and made us realize that we wanted to spend our
lives together. Our wedding party will have nine groomsmen and nine bridesmaids, and those people
represent the best part of our lives: our amazing community of friends.

Our Relationship in Three Words: Family, laughter and dogs.

Future Plans: Settling down in Shaw.

The Big Day: New Year’s Eve 2014, at Bonhomme Presbyterian Church, and reception at Palladium St.

Erin Mullett, 27 & Pete Kassly, 27

Occupations: Erin is a first-grade teacher at Freeburg Elementary School, and Pete is a funeral director at Kassly Mortuary, the family business.

The Proposal: We went to the Garden Glow at the Botanical Garden the night before Thanksgiving. The entire garden was lit up with Christmas light displays. We walked through the entire tour, and at the end Pete got down on one knee and proposed. We continued the evening at Zia’s, one of our favorite restaurants on The Hill, and celebrated with our parents.

First Date: We met back in high school through mutual friends but didn’t start dating until the end of college. We went out for dinner at Wasabi on Washington Avenue. I tried sushi for the first time, and Pete taught me how to use chopsticks.

Together We Like To: We enjoy spending time with our two dogs, going to dinner with friends and watching our favorite shows on Netflix. We also recently discovered that we both enjoy rock climbing, and we love to attend hockey games and cheer on the St. Louis Blues.

Quirkiest Thing About the Relationship: We have two pet chickens, Blackie and Red.

Our Song: “Fever,” by Michael Bublé.

Future Plans: We are planning to build a house on a few acres of land, a place where we can establish our roots and build a family.

The Big Day: Dec. 13, 2014, at the Holy Trinity Catholic church in Fairview Heights, IL, and reception
at The Falls in Columbia, IL.


5727_1801.jpgRanie & Doug, Brea Photography.



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