Sam and Aaron
how we met
Aaron and I met sophomore year of high school when we were 15 and 16 years old. We were in the same group of friends and went to one high school dance together, but remained just friends through high school. We ended up becoming more than friends the summer after we graduated high school, in 2010, and began dating that August. We went off to college, myself to the University of Kentucky and him to Purdue University, and things were not easy having a long distance relationship with one another, but our relationship and love for each other only grew stronger. We ended up both transferring to Mizzou our sophomore year of college to be together…and we’ve been together ever since!
how they asked
He proposed on May 6th, which was the day after my 25th birthday. We went to the St. Louis Blues game the night of my birthday and he told me let’s not stay out too late because I have plans all day for us tomorrow to celebrate your birthday. He very rarely plans anything, so I was pretty sure that was what was coming. We first went to the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown St. Louis and had lunch and drinks at Cielo, the rooftop bar and restaurant.
We had eaten there many times and always loved the view of the arch from that hotel. I thought he was definitely going to propose there, especially when we went outside to take a picture of the two of us with the arch in the background, though he didn’t. As we were leaving the Four Seasons Hotel, he said there was this beautiful park right across the river into Illinois that he wanted to take me to. As we were driving to the park, I started to get a little concerned. One, because we were going into East St. Louis, and two, because we were driving down a gravel road that had a sign saying “Road Closed.”
Ending up, we drove down the gravel road and this amazing park named Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park came out of nowhere. He took me up to the top of this elevated viewing point overlooking downtown St. Louis, he got down on one knee and proposed to me with this poem he had written. His mom’s family friends were actually standing right there taking pictures during the proposal, but I didn’t recognize them; they took pictures after as well. He told me he had one last surprise for me and he drove us to the Ritz Carlton in Clayton, where after we had dinner with our families at Cafe Napoli, we celebrated with our friends and family and stayed the night. He did such an amazing job; I would love to relive that day over and over again.