Recently Ringed

By Asha Evins
In Culture, Feature

Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories.

 

Katy Durrwachter, 21 & Jonathan Goldstein, 26

Occupations: I am a private voice instructor at Dave Simon’s Rock School and a baker at Kaldi’s on Demun. Jonathan is a Family Room specialist at Apple in West County Center. We both play in the band Dots Not Feathers.
The Proposal: Jonathan proposed to me on New Year’s Eve at First Night in Grand Center. I had no idea, but he had already told my family and friends about the proposal, and they were all there. When the clock struck midnight, I turned around to see him down on one knee! It was so special that fireworks were going off during the engagement and directly after. People we didn’t know were asking to see the ring, and we were even on the news that night!
First Date: Jonathan and I had planned to get together and play music with a few friends, but I got called into work, so we made plans instead to get drinks at Coffee Cartel later that night. I remember talking very little about music, but thinking much more about how special it is to meet someone who makes you want to be a better person.
Our Song: “My Love” by Justin Timberlake. Our relationship in three words: Country, coffee, cats. Perfect St. Louis Date Night: Eating at one of our favorite local spots, and then maybe seeing a performance at The Muny or baking dessert and watching a Redbox movie. We don’t really go out much unless it’s to play a show, so most of the time, we stay at home and hang out with our cats, Gladys and Link.
Home Sweet Home: We plan on moving to Nashville for a few years after we get married, and then probably settling down on my family farm in southern Jefferson County.
The Big Day: October 13, 2012 at Villa Antonio Winery. in Hillsboro, MO.

Colleen Ryan, 27 & Scott Lotz, 29

Occupations: I am a producer for FOX Sports Midwest, and Scott is a small business portfolio manager at First Bank.
The Proposal:
Scott proposed on Thanksgiving weekend at one of our favorite St. Louis restaurants, Pietro’s. We were meeting two of our best friends, Katie and Scott Piedmont, who introduced us six years ago. We all ordered drinks, and Scott immediately raised a toast, saying, “Katie and Scott are the reason we met five years ago…” Then, I looked at him, and he was down on one knee! After dinner, we went to Scott’s house to call our friends and see if they could meet us to celebrate. When I opened the front door, there were 50 people standing inside Scott’s house yelling, “Surprise!” He made sure all my loved ones were there, and it was truly the most special night of my life.
Together we like to:
We love going boating together, and generally being active and trying new things. Scott has definitely introduced to me to some new hobbies, like hunting and fishing—I love the fishing part, but not so much the hunting.
First Impressions: When I first met Scott, I thought he was really fun to be around, and we quickly became friends—but never in a million years would I have imagined back then that we would be getting married someday!
The Big Day: December 29, 2012 at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in my hometown, Indianapolis, IN.

 

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Katy Durrwachter & Jonathan Goldstein

Katy Durrwachter & Jonathan Goldstein

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Colleen Ryan & Scott Lotz

 

Photo credit: Anna Pociask Photography; Lauren Weghorst Photography

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