I had never been to a St. Louis Cardinals opening day baseball game and was excited because my now fiancé, Tony, had found tickets for us not only on opening day but for 2 games against the Cubs on opening weekend.  He suggested spending the night in the St. Louis area but I decided it would be best to save money by just riding with other family members that were going on Friday and drive ourselves on Saturday. He was in St. Louis on Thursday for a business meeting and sent me a text message informing me that he had won a pair of tickets in a raffle drawing.  They were for a VIP Opening Day Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch the next day.  I could tell he was excited, but I was actually mad because I knew this was going to give him a reason to say we might as well stay for the weekend.  By the time I got off work I had calmed down some and just thought it wasn’t worth fighting over.  I called him to get more details. He said the VIP manager at the hotel told him it was a special event that only a select group of people were invited to and to make sure I had my camera with me.  Not really knowing what to expect, I speculated with my family as to who would be there or what it would entail.  We guessed the Cardinals Hall of Famers were the VIPs.  We would get to enjoy breakfast with them and get pictures and maybe even autographs.  I then began to get a little more excited about what I was telling my coworkers was “some stupid little breakfast thing I have to go to”.
Friday morning came and we were running late when we arrived  in downtown St. Louis for the 10:30 breakfast.   I was thinking this is typical as Tony is always running late.  We better not miss this VIP breakfast!  We had to contact the VIP manager when we arrived since this was an invitation only event and he was going to escort us to the proper location.  He informed us to meet him on the top floor of the Hyatt.  When we got off the elevators, Tony introduced himself to the VIP manager who then asked if I was his wife and Tony promptly said “No, this is my girlfriend, Missy.” He then escorted us to the room, complimenting us along the way that we had the most authentic jerseys of anyone there.  He said we were the best dressed couple and everyone would probably notice us.  Down the hallway, another Hyatt employee had a clipboard and asked us our name and proceeded to check us off the guest list.  We continued to a set of double doors where two more employees opened the doors to an empty room full of empty tables.  At the far end of the room, near the floor to ceiling windows that provided an awesome view of the terrace and the Arch, was a table set for two with red roses in the center of the table.  I was looking for all these people the VIP manager spoke of and knew we must not be in the right place, but he had stopped at the double doors leaving us alone in the room. 
 
We proceeded out the door at the side of the room to see if the breakfast was through that door.  I was even more confused when we found that it just led to the outside terrace where it was raining.  We turned around to go back into the original room but we were now locked out!  So, we walked back down the hallway to the doors where the manager and the employees were still standing telling them we weren’t sure where we were supposed to go.  He pointed us to the end of the room again and said, “It is right there.”  I seriously thought the man had lost his marbles because there was no breakfast, no VIPs, and certainly no one stopping to stare at our supposedly “best dressed” attire! 
 
As I approached the table set for two again, completely baffled, Tony said, “I have a question for you.  Will you be committed to me for the rest of your life?”  Of course I said yes, and then instantly realized something was up and asked, “Was this all a set up?!”  With a smile, he replied “Maybe” as he got down on one knee.  He asked me to marry him and slipped the most beautiful ring than I could have ever imagined on my finger!  After a short embrace and a kiss he pulled out the chair for me and we sat down to enjoy the view of the Arch and the calming rain falling on the softly illuminated terrace floor.  The VIP Manager then delivered our delicious breakfast, poured our Mimosas, and left us alone to enjoy the moment that I’ll never forget. 
Tony mentioned there was a sign, that the hotel fabricated just for us, located just outside the elevators on the top floor. The sign pointed us in the direction of the VIP breakfast.  Distracted by the conversation with the manager, I didn’t see it at that time.  When it was time to leave, I took the rose bouquet off the table, so I could carry them with me at the game, and we headed back to the elevators to see this sign I missed.  I was disappointed to see the sign was gone. Surprisingly, it was replaced with another sign that read “Congratulations Missy and Tony!” It had a picture of Fredbird wearing a veil and a huge diamond ring on his left wing!  
 
We went down to the lobby.  As we walked out the front doors of the hotel, there was a horse drawn carriage waiting for us!  I certainly felt like a princess and was enjoying how romantic this had all been, while also appreciating not having to walk to the stadium in the rain.  Even though there was a 2 hour rain delay and the Cardinals lost, it was not only the best opening day I could have ever imagined, but one of the most memorable days of my life.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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154 comments
WarmowskiPhotography
WarmowskiPhotography

Congratulations! Hope you win, and hope you have fun at tonight's party. Pretty romantic for a wedding DJ - a true romantic!

sgragg
sgragg

As a Cubs fan and we did win that game it shows how much Tony loves both the game and the girl and to share them together forever

SarahBolser
SarahBolser

Congratulations! Looking forward to your big day!

BeckyHenryTermine
BeckyHenryTermine

What a wonderful story!!! Congratulations to the both of you!!!

MichelleCollins
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I'm so happy for the both of you!!!! Can't wait to see the pics from the big day!!!

NicoleTolbert
NicoleTolbert like.author.displayName 1 Like

So excited to be a part of your special day! Love this story!

Elzbeth1682
Elzbeth1682 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Can't wait for this Wedding!!

TheresaVondeburWalz
TheresaVondeburWalz like.author.displayName 1 Like

Love this great story. Can't wait for the wedding 5 pts. for sure

NicorelliKissFm
NicorelliKissFm like.author.displayName 1 Like

I love this story.  It is as sweet as a bucket of french toast!

GinaEskeli
GinaEskeli like.author.displayName 1 Like

Congrats!!! This is definitely a 5 star 

ColleenVonDeBur
ColleenVonDeBur like.author.displayName 1 Like

Congrats to the both of you. Less than 5 months to go

missyvdb00
missyvdb00 like.author.displayName 1 Like

SUCH A SWEET STORY.  I LOVE IT

jennifercoe
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ll looking so authentic with the VIP tickets.. So glad we hooked you two up... Congrarulations... Wonderful proposal Tony!!! Extra points for getting the Hyatt staff to participate like they did...

MelenieBolser
MelenieBolser like.author.displayName 1 Like

Great story - very romantic and very much the two of you!   have a great life together.  Enjoy the journey with all it's mountains and valleys. 

TonyBoston
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I'm pretty lucky to have everything work out the way I wanted it to that day.  I was so nervous something wouldn't go just right but it all went perfectlly, especially the answer I wanted to hear of "yes"!  Thank you all for your support and comments on this page.  Love you all!

MelissaVondebur
MelissaVondebur

this proposal was the biggest surprise ever.  I am the luckiest girl around.  Thanks for all the Comments and support.  

Trish Casper
Trish Casper like.author.displayName 1 Like

So happy for you!! Buuuuut... GO CUBS!

MelissaVondebur
MelissaVondebur like.author.displayName 1 Like

The Cubs won that day... The Cardinals season began in a Great way and continued all year...

John bolser
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I am jealous! Nobody asked me to get married like that

Mary verb
Mary verb like.author.displayName 1 Like

Great stoRy. Thanks for sharing

sean
sean like.author.displayName 1 Like

what a great story.

Tanya Renoud
Tanya Renoud like.author.displayName 1 Like

I am so excited for the two of you! Tony, you not only complete Missy, but you have made her one of the happiest people I know. Congrats to both of you!

Al
Al like.author.displayName 1 Like

Really great thinking Tony!

Beau
Beau like.author.displayName 1 Like

That is great! Congratulations man! Way to impress your lady!

Leah
Leah like.author.displayName 1 Like

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you both! :-)

Amber
Amber like.author.displayName 1 Like

I am so happy for you guys! Congratulations!!!

susan spoon
susan spoon like.author.displayName 1 Like

What a wonderful start ! Romantic !!!!!!! Such love you both will have and wonderful memories to have loved each other in so many ways. A LOVE that is so PRECIOUS!!!! And that you have each other forever! love to you both! Sue Boston Spoon

Marolyn
Marolyn like.author.displayName 1 Like

Congrats! I am very happy for you. This was a great story

Jen
Jen like.author.displayName 1 Like

What a great couple!

Nancy Hood
Nancy Hood like.author.displayName 1 Like

Melissa is a lovely and hard working girl!! I don't know her fiance, but I am sure he is as great as she is...Congrats to the future couple!!

mz
mz like.author.displayName 1 Like

that's sweet

Corlyn
Corlyn like.author.displayName 1 Like

Not being a Cardinal fan,I still find this to be a really romantic way to propose.

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