Congratulations to our 2015 Romantic Couple contest winners! Heather and David were selected for our popular “People’s Choice” award and Nicole and Dustin are honored with being crowned the Most Romantic Couple for 2015. Read their great stories online and be sure to submit your romantic story to share and be considered for next year’s competition!

Romantic Couples for 2015

Heather and David People’s Choice Romantic Couple 2015

Nicole and Dustin Most Romantic Couple 2015


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Kristie and Daniel - Romantic Couple 2015We met in puppy school 14 years ago. My Jack Russell terrier, Dewey, was learning me a thing or two about high energy, loyalty and his outright superior intelligence than my own. She had a Weimaraner with his own puppy at play, aren’t I cute attitude. We quickly connected in conversation as our affinity for each other was magnetic. I learned she was a nurse at Memorial Medical Center in the ICU. She learned that I was a resident in radiology. After our puppy school days, she was gone. But at least Dewey learned me good and he’s been a faithful companion ever since.

Seven years had past, and one day Kristie appeared as a vision as she transitioned into radiology nursing.  Unbeknownst to each other, we were both unhappily married. Our affinity for each other had not waned and we immediately relived our puppy school days. For seven years, we were colleagues and always enjoyed conversation and sharing pictures of our children. However, the connection was primordial, ever present, and always growing. Waiting like the sentinel for God’s timing…

It has been 3 years since our respective divorces and the planets, stars and universe has finally taken notice of the love that had grown. For 14 years, there was always a burning ember never succumbing to the snuff. The passion and love now rages as the wild fire across the dry prairie. Soul-mates were now connected with auras merging into one shining beacon of love. We found each other before, we found each other in this life and we will find each other again. In cyclic motion our love endures. She said “Yes” on Christmas Eve 2014.

She inspired the following poem, which says it all.

                                                            With You…

    I want to fly, touch the sky and never say good bye…with you.
    Side by side, forever in time and pondering your smile…with you.
    Never enough time, never an adieu…But only my next moment…with you.
    Lost in your eyes, discovering your soul, the quite moments…with you.
    I long to ride this silly life…with you.
    I burn inside- to laugh, to love, and sometimes cry…with you.
    I ache inside- when your wounds bleed dry, but I’m here…with you.
    I sing inside-  unaware of my gaze, lost in my haze…with you.
    Rest my eyes, adrift in a dream, can this be…with you?
    You, the last I see, beckons as the Siren while I sleep.
    I need this to be, just you and me, with a love conquering my deep.
    Souls entwined…marred, entrenched…with you.
    Sunshine day, spring of life, puppy at play…with you.
    Drizzle day or enchained in strife, I’m here to stay…with you.
    Never lonely while sitting quietly alone…with you.
    Words fall short but never my heart…with you.
    Our story, written each day, I yearn for the next page…with you.
    Embracing emotion, in perpetual motion…with you.
    What’s started cannot stop! It has begun…with you.
    When the lights fail and darkness looms, only…with you.
    You are my light, my beacon. I shine…with you.
    I am the sentinel, in faithful purpose…with you.
    Standing, staring and without sleep; when needed…with you.
    Resolutely resolved, adrift in a dream…with you.
    I rise and fall, giggle and sigh…with you.
    Why, oh why…with you?
    I’m a better man, father and soul…with you.
    You! And only you…Is why…with you.
    A new meaning you’ve given, for me…with you.
    Selfless love, devotion, an aura…with you.
    An eternity is a fleeting moment…with you.
    Forever altered in time…with you.
    No one sees what I see…with you.
    I can never love enough…with you.
    To grow old and spend lifetimes…with you.
    Because you are the truth and my serenity…

    I have fallen in love…With You!

Prologue: The day I knew

I’m right there with you in every moment! Remember that if you ever feel sad. Days and hours are just grains of sand falling to their destiny in a passing moment thru the hourglass when we patiently wait years and lifetimes for true love. It’s rare but worth the wait and pain we endure in its pursuit. Time changes when you find yourself lost in your soul-mate. Not measured in minutes or years but only the next moment I’ll be with you!

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Heather and David - Romantic Couple 2015Once upon a time, there was a three-year old girl in Springfield, named Heather, who dreamed of visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando. One day her parents surprised her with a family trip… and made that dream a reality.

When she got there, she was fascinated. After the trip, she dreamed of someday living in Cinderella’s Castle. When Heather was in college, she came across an opportunity to join the Walt Disney World College Program. This opportunity led Heather to the chance to play the role of Disney’s Cinderella at the Magic Kingdom and work in the castle she wanted to live in as a child… and made that dream a reality.

When Heather graduated from college, she moved to Nashville, TN to begin her career. A few years later David was playing professional baseball in Nashville and was introduced to Heather through mutual friends. Despite residing on opposite sides of the country (David is from California), their love persevered through all obstacles. As their relationship grew and marriage was certain, their quest to find the perfect engagement ring began. Their search pursued through multiple states and countless jewelry stores, in hopes of finding the ring to match the vision that Heather dreamed of wearing forever.

In February of 2014, Heather and David found their way back to Heather’s hometown of Springfield, IL and eventually found their way to Denney Jewelers. In a matter of seconds, Heather found her perfect diamond and learned she could design her own custom setting down to the finest detail. The Denney’s staff embraced Heather’s vision and were determined to bring her dream to life. In July of 2014, Heather’s ring was complete. While vacationing over the Fourth of July weekend, David placed the identical ring she saw so vividly in her dreams on her finger… and made that dream a reality.

Heather had always dreamed of having a fairy tale wedding at Walt Disney World. On October 3, 2014, Heather and David got married at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion overlooking Cinderella’s Castle… and made that dream a reality.

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 … and they lived happily ever after.

The End.


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Greg and Colleen had known each other through church for a couple of years.  They had hung out a couple of times in group settings last fall thanks to a fantasy football league.  They both hit it off as friends and realized the conversation was easy.  Over the next couple of months, they started to take notice of each other.

Last New Year’s Eve, a friend kissed Colleen on the cheek and Greg suddenly noticed jealousy flaring up.  That same night, a friend asked Colleen what she thought of Greg.  Both were starting to wonder what might be next.  During the polar vortex storm in early January, Colleen was headed to work one night when she got a text asking her to coffee from Greg.  She took some time to think about it.  During that time, a dear friend of Colleen helped her to see what she wanted while a dear friend of Greg did the same for him. Little did Colleen and Greg know, that these two friends had talked to each other and knew that Colleen and Greg would be so good for each other.

Colleen said yes.  Greg and Colleen went out to coffee and the conversation would not stop.  They talked and talked and talked.  They started dating and quickly fell in love.  Greg soon knew they would be together forever.  By 6 months, a visit to Colleen’s home and family ensured Colleen’s feelings of forever.  In September, they were getting ready to celebrate 8 months together. Greg planned a special day.  He took Colleen to the Apple Festival.  He planned to make her a special dinner and to have a special day of time together.  After a great day and dinner, he took her for a walk in Washington Park, the site of many of their first dates.  To avoid the many people at the park that night, he took her up to the rose garden.  When he found the perfect spot, people were already there. He distracted Colleen by having her look at a building.  When they had gone, he told her how special the last couple of months had been and how much he loved  her.  He then read her the poem he had written her that month.  Every month to celebrate the day they first went to coffee he would write her a poem.  This poem, he read in front of a water fountain at dusk.  At the end of the poem, professing his love, he asked her to hold the poem so he could do something he had wanted to do for months.  He was down on one knee and proposing.  Colleen said yes and they cried and kissed to celebrate!

We are both so excited to begin our lives together and have loved the preparation for our future.

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Nicole and Dustin - Romantic Couple 2015

Dustin and I lived in a small town growing up and we went to the same high school. Although it was a small school we never really met until his sophomore year and my senior year. We had Chemistry class together, where we were in a lab group together, and both played basketball. So, our friendship started because of these things. As time went on our friendship grew to where we would stay after our individual practices and practice together, we would ride to and from school together and when we weren’t together we would be messaging one another on AOL. Thus, we formed a great foundation. 

Shortly after we started to become friends, we knew we wanted more than a friendship.  We began dating in high school and 8 1/2 years later through college, Master’s programs, our first jobs, Dustin playing and coaching college baseball and almost six years of long distance, we “beat the odds” as some would say. We grew together, we became each other’s family and have been each other’s better half for many years, but now it’s going to be official.

Nicole and Dustin - Romantic Couple 2015On November 1, 2014 we went fishing like we would any other day. We were on the pond, in the boat, and it was a chilly, but sunny day. I got my line snagged on a limb and my line broke. I handed it to him to fix it and while he was fixing it, I used his pole. I didn’t pay any attention to what he was doing because I was paying attention to his bobber. When he got done fixing my pole and gave it back to me, I reeled it in like I would any other time but this time when I reeled it up, there wasn’t a hook on the end, but a ring! He had tied string onto the ring, which he was holding, so it was like the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp. He held it in his hand and asked me,  “Will you marry me?” and I said, “Yes!”

Dustin had been keeping this all a secret from me. He would say he was going hunting, but he was really going to Denney’s to get my ring and was working to make this day perfect. After he proposed we took the boat ashore  and walked to the timber and gathered some wood for a fire and watched the sun set, in the first day of our forever. 

It may have taken many years to get where we are today, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We did things our way and accomplished so much individually and together in this last 8 1/2 years. We are blessed and got our fairly tale!

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Tara and Rusty - Romantic Couple 2015Rusty and I have known each other almost our entire lives. After I started high school, my mom noticed a name she recognized on a list of fellow band students. She said, “You went to pre-school with a Rusty Petty”I thought ‘what a coincidence’ and asked him a few weeks later if he had gone to Patty Cake Day Care. Rusty confirmed that he had. Soon after that my mom located a picture of me, holding hands with another little boy, but looking up at Rusty as he played the old game Simon.

During Rusty’s senior year and my junior year of high school, we started dating. He traveled to San Francisco with my family and we celebrated as he was crowned co-prom king. Our relationship lasted for about 18 months before Rusty headed off to college. A few months later we went our separate ways but always kept in touch. One summer we even ran into each other unexpectedly at a gas station near St. Louis.

Last year we started hanging out again more regularly and after starting fresh we decided to make it official February 2014. By St. Patrick’s day 2014 we knew we were meant to be together. Late September Rusty told me that he’d told his parents that he was going to ask me to marry him. I got excited but thought he was starting his planning. Less than a week later, we had a wonderful dinner downtown followed by a short walk. During our walk Rusty took both my hands and told me that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He told me that he had spoken to my two best friends and had gone to talk with my Dad as well. There is no doubt in my mind that he is who I want to spend the rest of my life with. We can’t wait for our adventure to continue!

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ResizedImage951384632053317-1Angie proposed to me in 2012 and surprised me by submitting our story to your “Most Romantic Couple” contest. We were awarded the April Most Romantic Couple in 2012.
I want to take a moment to update the fairy tale story. Angie’s dad died when she was young but he meant everything to her. When his sister-in-law Tammy heard about the proposal she said we could come to stay with her in Kauai and she would take care of the wedding arrangements. Angie was so excited. We applied for our license online and her aunt Tammy began making all the arrangements. Angie had never been anywhere before and was now getting on a plane for the first time to fly to the Hawaiian Islands.
We took Angie’s daughter Courtney and her baby boy Ty with us. Her aunt Tammy arranged our wedding to take place on the beautiful Shipwrecks Beach on Kauai. The ceremony was performed by Pat a local minister and friend of the family. He started the ceremony with the traditional blowing of a conk shell upon Angie’s arrival to the beach. The ceremony was a mix of traditional and island customs and was amazing. Tammy had made arrangements for us to spend our honeymoon night in the Grand Hyatt Resort.
The rest of our stay had us hiking to beautiful waterfalls and exploring hidden beaches. We saw whales from the beach while watching beautiful sunsets. As I am a motorcycle enthusiast the local Harley Davidson dealer set us up with a new bike for a day of riding the coasts of the island. We were sad to leave after 10 days of amazing island relaxation but we were ready to get back home as Mr. and Mrs French.
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_G1C2555.CR2Congratulations to Carrie and Bill, our Most Romantic Couple 2014!

Bill and Carrie were married in June, 1968 at the height of the Vietnam war.  Bill was finishing his Bachelor’s Degree.  Little did they know how hard it would be to find jobs, even with a college degree, due to the huge number of people in our generation.  So on they went through more  years of college…a Masters followed by a Ph.D. in 1976…eight years after they were married and the birth of our only son, Josh, in 1973.  Those years of living on a shoestring budget made them stronger.  They were years of fun and busy times, making friends along the way at two universities. They have been in Springfield since 1977 and live in the first and only home they ever owned.  

What is romance?  In Carrie’s words, “It’s 45 years of me not having to make breakfast on Sunday, because he does.  He makes fantastic pizzas.  The only cleaning duty he really dislikes is dusting…he’s the one who steams the floors!  He truly can fix almost anything!  He’s kind and generous and caring.  He’ll back my car out of the garage so I don’t have to do that.  In bad weather, I get dropped off at the door of wherever we’re going.  He’ll go to the store for the forgotten ingredient, even if it’s inconvenient with his plans.  He has the patience of the proverbial “saint”. He’s a wonderful husband and Dad and Grandpa.  I pray that God continues to bless us with good health and happiness for many years to come!”

Our Most Romantic Couple 2014 won a $1000 gift certificate to Denney Jewelers, a tiara, 24 Gold Long Stem Rose and Lapel Pin and a gift basket.  Enter our 2015 Most Romantic Couple Contest now at and Share your Love Story! 

_G1C2537.CR2Congratulations also go to Melissa and Jamie our People’s Choice 2014. The People’s Choice winners received a $500 gift certificate and a gift basket. House shopping is tedious and at times frustrating, so when Jamie put an offer down on a house and it fell through, they decided to revisit a house they had seen earlier that seemed to have a lot of potential.  When they went back to the house, they realized how great it was.  Unbeknownst to Melissa, Jamie put an offer on the house the next day.  It was accepted. One night in February 2013 they drove by the dream house, and saw a “sold” sign out front.  Teasingly Melissa said “you bought it didn’t you?”…awkwardness ensued and Jamie pretended to feel guilty about “letting the house slip away”. The day after he closed on the house in March, he took Melissa back to the house, saying the “sale” fell through and they might have a chance at it.  After a lot of nervous and fast-talking, rushing her through every room (because he was video taping), and a very frustrated boy because she wouldn’t cooperate by going upstairs, he finally got her up to the third floor.  With music playing, a heart of white Christmas lights, and a key hanging from the light in the ceiling, Melissa quickly realized he had bought the house and a proposal was soon to follow.  Thank you to everyone who shared their story and voted on our online poll.

 warmow101_transparent We would also like to thank Tony Boston of Superior Sound and Entertainment for providing the music for the evening.  Gene and Sharon Weiser for their dance instruction and Warmowski Photography for capturing the evening with outstanding photography.  To view the entire album, please like the Denney Jewelers Facebook Album. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who attended the event and  to all of our finalists and thank you for Sharing the Love.



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vdat2014Please join us for our annual Valentine Ball Saturday, February 8th from 6-9 pm.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Denney Jewelers as we crown our Most Romantic Couple 2014.

Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, dancing lessons and romantic surprises. Plus be entered in a drawing for a diamond pendant.

Voting for the “Peoples’ Choice Romantic Couple” is now open! Read the published stories from our monthly finalists and cast your ballot to let us know which you think is the best: Click on the “Rate This!” star after each story, leave a comment with your support, and vote for your couple in our Facebook online poll!

Be sure to also ‘Like’ Denney Jewelers on Facebook to stay connected with more stories and special events throughout 2014!

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014Here it is…the last day of 2013!  Tonight will be the 48th New Year’s Eve that I will be spending with my wonderful husband Bill.  We celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary this past June. 

We met back in 1966 when we were in junior college and I’m the only girl he dated more than once!  We initially met at a dance, having been introduced by a mutual friend.  Unfortunately, I came down with mononucleosis that weekend, and missed three weeks of classes.   When I came back to school, I discovered Bill had been trying  to find me during that time period. 

One of my favorite stories is about our first “real” conversation in the hallway at the college after I returned to school.  I’m the oldest of four children, and have three younger brothers.  Thought I was so clever in the conversation when I said to Bill…”I’ll bet I have more brothers than you do.”  He calmly said, “No, probably not.”  After I said that I had three, I asked how many he had.  He said “Seven.” Slightly taken aback, but not to be outdone, I then exclaimed, “You don’t have any sisters!  Neither do I.”  He said he had sisters.  Imagine my surprise when I asked how many, and he said “Seven” a second time!  He’s the third oldest of 15 children from a wonderful family. 

I was intrigued.  We began dating soon after that conversation in Spring, 1966.  I knew I was falling in love, but became more enamored when I picked him up (in my Mom’s 1949 Ford) to go to a meeting on campus that April.  Four little kids were clamoring at the front door, urging me to come in, saying Bill couldn’t leave yet.  They were all so cute…and excited…because one of them had pulled the bathroom sink off the wall (while boosting herself up to see in the mirror).  Water was shooting from the pipe across the bathroom.  There he was, a sophomore in college, and he knew where to turn off the water, get the pipe re-attached and the sink back on the wall!  Since I grew up in a house with a Dad who could fix everything, I was impressed with Bill’s skills and his calmness with all those little girls and boys who couldn’t talk fast enough about what was going on and who had done what.  By July of 1966, we decided to get married but wanted to wait until he graduated from college in 1968.

We were married in June, 1968 at the height of the VietNam war.  Bill was finishing his Bachelor’s Degree.  I don’t know if we had ever even heard the term”Baby Boomers” at this point in our lives.  Little did we know how hard it would be to find jobs, even with a college degree, due to the huge number of people in our generation.  So on we went through more  years of college…a Masters followed by a Ph.D. in 1976…eight years after we were married and the birth of our only son, Josh, in 1973.  Those years of living on a shoestring budget made us stronger.  They were years of fun and busy times, making friends along the way at two universities.

We’ve been in Springfield since 1977 and live in the first and only home we’ve ever owned.   It’s great living in a 100 year old house because it seems like there’s always something we want to improve and change.  We are blessed with good families and good health.  Our son and his family live here in Springfield so we get to see all of them on a frequent and regular basis.  Words really can’t describe how great it is to be able to have a close relationship with granddaughters who only live 7 blocks away. 

We’ve belonged to the same church, St. Agnes, since 1977 and are fortunate to have a caring and like-minded parish family of friends who are loving and supportive people. 

Bill and I met at a dance and have danced our way through these years.  We exercise together several times a week at zumba and still go dancing on a regular basis.  We both love to garden and ride bikes. 

So what is romance?  It’s 45 years of me not having to make breakfast on Sunday, because he does.  He makes fantastic pizzas.  The only cleaning duty he really dislikes is dusting…he’s the one who steams the floors!  He truly can fix almost anything!  He’s kind and generous and caring.  He’ll back my car out of the garage so I don’t have to do that.  In bad weather, I get dropped off at the door of wherever we’re going.  He’ll go to the store for the forgotten ingredient, even if it’s inconvenient with his plans.  He has the patience of the proverbial “saint”. He’s a wonderful husband and Dad and Grandpa.  I pray that God continues to bless us with good health and happiness for many years to come!

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