Recently Ringed: Erin Presson, 26 and Eric Ladd, 25
These St. Louis couples share their engagement stories.
How We Met: Eric and I met ten years ago while working at Old Navy; he claimed himself “King of the Fitting Room,” and I was a cashier. Eric is colorblind, so I often had to run to the fitting room to help Eric match clothes for customers. One day, we joked about something mundane like hangers, and when he smiled at me, I felt like I’d had the wind knocked out of me. We formed a flirty friendship over folding clothes and then I demanded he go to lunch with me. He gamely agreed.
The Proposal: One weekend after tailgating with friends and family at Mizzou, Eric said, “Let’s go for a walk.” The sky was overcast and it was drizzling, but I was game. We meandered through downtown Columbia and then through Peace Park, a park that separates the quad from downtown. We walked over a little bridge, and Eric stopped. “Isn’t this the bridge,” he asked, “that has some superstition to it?” I said factually, “Yeah, legend is that if you walk across it with another person, that’s the person you’re going to marry.” Eric got down on one knee and pulled out the familiar blue box with the white satin ribbon and said, “Well, then I guess you’ll have to marry me.” A moment later, the sky opened up and it began to downpour. Umbrella-less, we ran to nearby Shakespeare’s Pizza and ordered a gigantic pepperoni pizza.
The Big Day: May 28, 2011