Recently Ringed: Couple's Proposal Narrowly Avoids Disaster
Mark Blechle had planned his proposal perfectly. He had picked the perfect ring, the perfect location and, most importantly, the perfect girl. Mark had set his sights on forever with Danielle Hughes, and nothing was going to stop him.
There was just one problem. The ring was three hours away. The most essential part of any proposal was sitting on a table in his college apartment gathering dust. Mark was beside himself.
Desperately, he called everyone he knew who was still at school, asking if anyone could help. In the end, Mark trusted his ring, the symbol of his undying love for Danielle, with a complete stranger, who drove the ring halfway to St. Louis. In the wee hours of the morning, Mark drove to pick up the ring and save his proposal from inevitable disaster.
At 3 in the morning, after much hair and sanity were lost, Mark arrived back in the 314, ring in tow, mere hours before he planned to propose in Forest Park.
Don’t worry, though. After the great ring debacle, the rest of the proposal went according to plan. Danielle said yes. They’ll start the rest of their lives together next May.
This couple’s engaging story can be found below, but first, the fine print:
The couple/ Danielle Hughes + Mark Blechle
Current age/ Danielle—22, Mark—21
Occupations/ Danielle—business student; Mark—staff auditor at Ernst & Young
Wedding date/ May 20, 2017
Engagement date/ March 5, 2016
Ceremony site/ Rau Garden
Reception venue/ PFEM Banquet Hall
Length of relationship/ 15 months
What is your ideal St. Louis date night?
Danielle: Unfortunately, we don’t live in St. Louis yet but we’re looking forward to many date nights spent in Forest Park and checking out the culinary scene once we’re both out of school. We plan to settle down in St. Charles.
Describe the first time you saw your fiancé.
Mark: [My friend] Francis had just moved in with me, and told me he was going to have a friend over for a drink. I told him that I would probably just hang in my room, so not to interrupt them talking. However, when the beautiful woman walked in, I knew there was no way I would just sit in my room quietly. I had to meet her. After Danielle left, Francis looked at me with a cocked eyebrow and jokingly asked, “When’s the wedding?” My only response was that he needed to bring her around more often.
Danielle: The first time we met was actually a few weeks before what we consider our first ‘date.’ His roommate owed me a drink from my birthday so I went to their place for a little while before going out with some friends. I remember thinking, “Where has Francis been hiding his cute, quirky roommate?” A few weeks later, I saw him at their Super Bowl party and I immediately knew that he was someone I was going to end up really liking.
So what did you do on your first date?
Danielle: Our first date was kind of a blind date that neither of us had any clue we were on. Mark and his roommate were having a party for the Super Bowl. Kirksville had a huge snowstorm that weekend and, unfortunately, nearly everyone had canceled on them. About halfway through the game, Mark’s roommate texted me asking if I wanted to come over and catch the rest of the game. He even offered to pick me up because my car was stuck in all the snow. After arriving, Mark and I started talking and didn’t stop until about 2am. Mark drove me home and we’ve been inseparable ever since.
How do you like to spend time together?
Danielle: Our favorite thing to do together is cook together. We’ve spent many nights watching “Chopped,” “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Worst Cooks in America” and dreaming of all the meals we’ll cook in our future kitchen.
What’s something people would be surprised to know about your relationship?
Danielle: Most of the people who know us know this story but about a week after we officially started dating, I came down with mono and strep. Normally such a severe illness would break a new relationship, but Mark took such good care of me. I don’t think I moved from his couch for a solid week and he was constantly getting me water, changing out movies, and making me as comfortable as possible. Looking back on it now, I think it was the earliest indicator that I was dating someone who would always take amazing care of me.