Recently Ringed: She Knew She Was Going to Marry Him the Moment She Saw Him

By Grace Bueckendorf
In Culture

It was a Thursday when Christina Daud first saw Tyler Vaught. Well, a warm Thursday night in summer to be exact. Their shared love of music brought them both to the musical church camp. Although the room was packed with other young camp-goers, she couldn’t take her eyes off the handsome man in the yellow shirt and grey suit.

She didn’t even know his name, but she had a gut feeling that quiet, reserved man across the room was the man she was going to marry. “What girl doesn’t like a handsome guy in a suit?” Christina said. “At the time I thought it was just a crazy thought because I didn’t know how or when that would happen because we hardly knew each other.”

And all of this before they even started dating. When they did start dating, she told her mom about her gut feeling. Her mom, as you can imagine, thought she was insane—can you blame her?

In all seriousness, though, from the start, the love between Christina, a gregarious and outgoing spirit, and Tyler, a reticent young fellow, was something special. “We both were kind of looking for a long-term relationship,“ Christina said. “It wasn’t just a fling, or like just a temporary relationship. And it’s weird because both our personalities are very opposite. But we both knew it was the perfect fit”

And, here we are, three years later, and the duo is planning their wedding. Keep reading to learn about their ukulele duet (keep in mind, they met at a music camp), Tyler’s romantic beachfront proposal and why they chose a Disney-themed wedding.

But first, a quick look at the couple:

Newly engaged couple Christina and Tyler plan on settling down in St. Charles. Their favorite date night destination is Main Street. (Photo courtesy of Darin Hartlieb)

Newly engaged couple Christina and Tyler plan on settling down in St. Charles. Their favorite date night destination is Main Street. (Photo courtesy of Darin Hartlieb)

The couple/ Christina Daud + Tyler Vaught
Current age/ Christina—21; Tyler—25
Occupations/ Christina—full-time music student; Tyler—Code Technician at a fire protection engineering firm
Wedding date/ June 3, 2017
Engagement date/ June 7, 2015
Ceremony site/ The Jewel Box in Forest Park
Reception venue/ Harvester Church of the Nazarene in St. Peters
Length of relationship/ 3 years

This is an engagement story, after all, so could you describe your proposal?
Christina: We went to St. Augustine for a week for his dad’s birthday [and] we were at this gorgeous beach house. I was taking a summer class, and I had homework that was due at midnight, and all day long, he kept insisting that we had to go on a walk, and I was like, “Babe. I don’t know if I’m going to have time to do that. I have so much homework to do. I just don’t know if it’s going to happen.”

But it’s funny, because he did finally force me to go on this walk. And we walked down the beach about a mile, and it was gorgeous because the sun was setting. And then we walked back to the house—we came around from the back of the house around to the front—and there was this fountain that was in front porch. It was beautiful. And he had roses and rose petals and lights everywhere and candles and by that point it was dark, so it was the perfect romantic lighting. Then he got down on one knee and proposed.

Both of us were so excited about it and so anxious about it that neither of us remember what he actually said when he proposed. It was the perfect little romantic moment.

The couple can't stop beaming after their sunset engagement. Tyler surprised Christina with a romantic candlelit proposal. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Haynes)

The couple can’t stop beaming after their sunset engagement. Tyler surprised Christina with a romantic candlelit proposal. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Haynes)

 

You said you two are long-distance—can you tell me about some challenges you’ve faced?
Christina: It’s definitely hard going for weeks or a month without seeing each other. For me, the hardest part was whenever he leaves, it’s not knowing the next time I’m going to see him because I’m the person who depends on—I just need to know the schedule—and with that, you never really know the next time you’re going to see each other. And that’s always the hardest part for me.

We have become really good at communication. I think that’s one of the perks of that. You know, you’re forced to communicate because we’ve made it work for three years. So because of that we don’t really have any secrets—everything’s out in the open. Which makes it a lot easier when you do see each other.

What’s something that makes you two stereotypical St. Louisans?
Christina: His family’s a huge Cardinals family. He’s got the tattoos, he’s got all the Cardinals shirts. They go to Cardinals games all summer. I guess I was a fan, but I wasn’t really as much into it until we met. One night, we were out at Wal-Mart right after we started dating, and he found out I didn’t have a Cardinals t-shirt. Like not a single one. Apparently that was just unacceptable. So he forced me to get a Cardinals T-shirt just so I could go back home with his family and say that I actually owned one Cardinals shirt.

Tyler popped the question to his girlfriend of three years after a romantic beachfront walk. Christina had imagined herself marrying Tyler since she first saw him, so of course she said yes. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Haynes)

Tyler popped the question to his girlfriend of three years after a romantic beachfront walk. Christina had imagined herself marrying Tyler since she first saw him, so of course she said yes. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Haynes)

 

What’s something about your relationship that people might be surprised to know?
Christina: We both love Disney movies. We went to go see “Inside Out” basically the weekend it came out and we saw the little short—“Lava”—that was at the beginning of the movie.

I am a music major, so I bought a ukulele—I actually got one for Christmas after that movie came out because I was like, “I really want to get a ukulele. I really want to learn how to play it.” He’s a singer and we figured out all the harmonizations and all the chords and that is just a fun little thing that we do.

What’s the vibe or theme you’re aiming for with wedding planning?
Christina: It’s a “Beauty and the Beast” themed wedding. It’s been my favorite movie since I was 3 years old. I kind of knew even before we started dating that I really wanted to do something like that, you know, with the Beauty and the Beast theme. I found out that was actually his favorite movie as a kid, too. So it just kind of worked out perfectly.

 

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