Recently Ringed: He Almost Left Her Out in the Cold

By Grace Bueckendorf
In Culture

DOWNHILL FAST “It’s kind of an embarrassing story for him,” Sara Hahn said, describing the story of her first date with her now-fiancé Logan Duncan.

It all started out well enough. They were college freshmen and classes were canceled for snow—the perfect opportunity for Logan to take Sara sledding. As Sara recalls, the pair had a splendid time until daylight ran out and the temperature dropped. That’s when the date when downhill. And fast.

See, it had been snowing all afternoon while they were sledding, the roads were covered in snow and Logan had driven. The truck made it as far as the dorm’s parking lot entrance, where there was a big mound of snow. While Sara suggested Logan use a different entrance, Logan insisted that his tires were great and could get over anything. “The truck got very stuck in the snow,” Sara said. “The wheels were spinning. It was not moving.”

Logan tried to push the truck over the snow. The truck didn’t move. He then took his sled and put it under one of the back tires in an effort to gain traction. When he revved the engine, however, the truck spat the tire backward. At this point, Logan was freaking out because this was his first date with Sara, the girl he couldn’t get out of his head since he met her on the first day of math class.

In a last-ditch effort to get the date back on the right track, Logan took his shirt off and put it under the tire, again hoping to gain traction and move his truck out of the snow mound. It failed miserably. “My lips were blue and I was freezing,” Sara said. “And then he’s just standing there without his shirt on—he took his shirt off! Who does that?”

Shivering in the cold, Sara spotted a group of guys—football players—walking past. She flagged them over and asked for help. It ended up taking Logan and eight football players to get the truck over the snow mound. “I laughed for about 20 minutes,” Sara said. “You know when you’re so cold you can’t move your face. I couldn’t stop laughing because the rush of heat just made me laugh, I guess. It was definitely a memorable date.”

With the truck safely parked in the snowy lot, Sara washed off the bad memory with a warm shower. With a cringe-worthy first date in the books, Logan played it safe with the next date—pizza and hot chocolate. In the end, it worked out: Logan starts forever with the girl he met in math class later this month.

Keep reading to learn:

  • Why Sara hiked to the highest peak in Arkansas in a red dress and sandals
  • Logan has an addiction to growing huge pumpkins
  • How the ice cream vs. frozen custard debate divides them on date night (Ted Drewes fans will definitely agree with Sara)
Logan Duncan popped the question to Sara Hahn in August of last year. They plan to wed later this month at the Jewel Box in Forest Park. (Photo courtesy of Emily Alderson and Morgan Sachs)

Logan Duncan popped the question to Sara Hahn in August of last year. They plan to wed later this month at the Jewel Box in Forest Park. (Photo courtesy of Emily Alderson and Morgan Sachs)

Read all about the soon-to-be Duncans below. But first, the fine print:

The couple/ Sara Hahn + Logan Duncan
Current age/ Both 24
Occupations/ Sara—speech language pathologist; Logan—molecular plant breeder
Wedding date/ July 30, 2016
Engagement date/ August 4, 2016
Ceremony site/ The Jewel Box in Forest Park
Reception venue/ Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park
Length of relationship/ 5 years

First things first: how did Logan pop the question?
Sara/ On a mountain at the highest peak in Arkansas at sunset. We decided to go to Arkansas for vacation. We were going to go on a hike, so I put on a T-shirt and shorts, and Logan looked at me and he goes, ‘Um, you should wear something a little bit nicer than that.’

So I had on this red dress and sandals and we start the hike and a few people are passing us and they’re looking at me like, ‘Oh this girl looks ridiculous right now trying to hike with her sandals and red dress.’ And so we keep walking for a while and then we get up to the highest peak in Arkansas, which is kind of cool. Except it kind of looked ugly up there honestly.

I found out later Logan was planning to propose there, but since it was not as good as he thought it would be, he didn’t. We went back down and went for a little walk to see what else there was. By this time, it was getting dark and the sun was starting to set and everything was looking really pretty because it was overlooking the mountains. And we saw this cliffside where all the hang gliders were taking off, and we decided to stop for a second and take a look at the view from there. And Logan puts his arm around me and goes, ‘This is so beautiful, isn’t it?’ And then he gets down on his knee and he pulls out the ring. And then I just start crying, Because I am a crier. It was just the best day ever.

 

Logan Duncan lifts fiancee Sara Hahn into the air. Their ideal St. Louis date includes dinner at Momo's and then ice cream, followed by a walk in Forest Park.

Logan Duncan lifts fiancee Sara Hahn into the air. Their ideal St. Louis date includes dinner at Momo’s and then ice cream, followed by a walk in Forest Park.

 

What’s the quirkiest thing about your relationship?
Sara/ I would say his pumpkin-growing. It affects our relationship a lot actually. He grew the largest pumpkin in Missouri last year. So that’s what he does as a hobby—he grows these gigantic pumpkins. I think his pumpkin was 1,200 pounds or something crazy like that. Sometimes I get jealous of the pumpkin. Because I want him to be with me and not the pumpkin.

Does he have any talents other than growing huge pumpkins?
Sara/ He’s also a cook. Not a real cook. He just likes to try new recipes. He’ll try those out on me. I’m a terrible cook. Like I’m just the person who eats it and does the dishes. He’ll always make something that tastes good.

 

Logan Duncan and fiancee Sara Hahn cozy up under a blanket. The couple has been engaged since August of last year.

Logan Duncan and fiancee Sara Hahn cozy up under a blanket. The couple has been engaged since August of last year.

 

What’s your ideal St. Louis date night?
Sara/ I live in the Central West End, so it’d probably be somewhere around here if it were me picking. But we both really enjoy Momos, which is a Greek restaurant. And if it weren’t Momos, it’d probably be somewhere with sushi like Sub Zero. And then we would definitely want ice cream. If it were not just involving eating, we would definitely want to go to Forest Park and take a walk. We love that little spot in the art museum and just sit there for a little while and talk. And just kind of enjoy the scenery.

You said you like ice cream. Where do you like to go?
Sara/ I would probably pick Ted Drewes if it were me. He would probably pick something else because he’s more of an ice cream fan—not frozen custard.

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