Recently Ringed: Marianna Reminger, 28 & John Barringer, 29
How We Met: John and I met 12 years ago while he was a student at Saint Louis University High and I was attending Ursuline Academy. We hung out with the same group of friends, but never thought of each other in a romantic way. We went our separate ways for college—John went to Indiana University at Bloomington and I went to the University of Dayton. During the holidays, we would see each other at parties, but nothing happened. It wasn’t until John returned to St. Louis after a few years living in New York City that we started to talk on the phone, go out and get drinks. Then one night he kissed me, and things were never the same.
The Proposal: John and I were supposed to be going to a St. Louis Blues game one Friday in October. I wasn’t feeling very well that day, so I left work early to rest before the game, stopping at my mom’s house on the way home. When I finally arrived home, John called me around 5 p.m. and said that he was stuck in traffic and would not be able to go to his house and change out of his suit. He arrived at my place, and after pacing for a few minutes, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I started crying and said “yes.” We then went to a romantic dinner at Sydney Street Café, followed by a surprise get-together with my family and friends at Square One Brewery.
The Big Day: November, 13, 2010
Couple Marianna Reminger & John Barringer
Photo credit: Photos courtesy of the couple.