Shelly and Johnny - Most Romantic Couple July

We had talked about getting married for 2 years. We just never got around to the specifics.  Finally we decided after eight years it was time.  I left pictures around the house of different rings for over 6 months. I had been browsing around for rings and came across Tacori.

When I found the ring, I knew it was the one, but when I went to Denney Jewelers  to find out about it, it was more than we had budgeted for a ring. After discussing different options, I decided I would just have to settle for something comparable.  I went home and talked to Johnny about it, we put it on the back burner and forgot about it for a few months.

One day Johnny calls me, he had gone to Denney’s and talked to Matthew about the ring.  He called and asked me what I wanted to do, I told him I loved the ring, but was happy with something in our price range.  When I got home, there was a bag from Denney’s with sizing rings and a down payment to order my Tacori.

I immediately burst into tears.  I couldn’t believe he bought me the ring. All I knew was that it would be ready in 4-6 weeks.  Every few days Johnny would joke about the ring, he would say, “It will be here in 7 weeks.”  Then the next day it would be 8 weeks, then 9.  This went on the entire time until the “big surprise.”

Fast forward to July 31st.  We had planned a day trip to St. Louis for some shopping and dinner.  This was nothing unusual.  We went to the mall and were heading to Ruth Criss steakhouse in downtown.

We were early, so Johnny said, “Why don’t we walk over by the arch?”

“Sure, I haven’t been over there in years.” I said.

We walked around for a little bit, and then wandered up the path under the shade.  I was staring out at the river when Johnny said, “OK Babe!”  I turned around and he was down on one knee with my Tacori in his hand.  I immediately started crying. Of course I said “Yes!” Who wouldn’t say yes, to such a great guy.  Even with me knowing the ring was coming, he still managed to make me cry.  I will be Mrs. Johnny Rudin on October 18th, 2010.

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Last updated February 5, 2017