Recently Ringed: Tiffany Ellis, 29 and David Woodruff, 34
These St Louis couples share their engagement stories.
How We Met: We met in the Senate gallery of the Missouri Statehouse. David was a legislative liaison for the Missouri Department of Economic Development and I was lobbying with ASUM on behalf of the University of Missouri. A friend of mine who knew David through Governor Holden thought we might be a good match. We went on our first date at Old Chicago in Columbia, but I didn’t really fall for him because after two dates, he told me he was moving to Key West. We didn’t continue dating once he moved, and actually didn’t talk the entire year he was there. When he returned to the St. Louis area in 2002 to work on a congressional campaign in Southern Illinois, I was running my first campaign, in Southwest Missouri and he called to congratulate me on the job. We began talking again, and eventually we ended up going on a “third” date in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. We came back to Missouri in love. Nine years, 30 political campaigns, seven states and two continents later, it turns out our friend who introduced us was right—we are a good match.
The Proposal: We were starting our annual holiday trip between Missouri and Michigan just before Christmas at his parent’s house in Gallatin, MO. I had just finished my third semester of law school, David’s political consulting business was picking up and our house was still under massive construction, so getting away was a welcome break. He tricked me into going on an errand to finish up some unfinished details on his mom’s gift. It wasn’t until he was down on one knee that I even realized what he was doing in the full moon-lit snow in the middle of his family’s 1856 homesteaded farm. He had the exact ring that I wanted— a platinum with a large emerald-cut diamond offset by matching diamonds on either side from Simon’s in Clayton—thanks to some tips from my sister.
The Big Day: Late summer 2011
Photo credit: Photos courtesy of the couple