From the monthly archives: September 2010

It was a chilled and moist September morning.  While Paul was hunting in the gorgeous, steep, mountains of Colorado we were left without communication. It had been ten long days and nights without any communication, which was difficult after seven years of being together.  Usually, phone communication is all we have throughout the week, as Paul works in Champaign and I currently student teach in Springfield.

While he was away, I attended the first annual Concert in the Corn which took place in Jacksonville. The artist Jason Michael Carol is famous for the song, “Livin’ Our Love Song.” It has always been a favorite of mine. It is about a country boy and a fairy tale princess overcoming all the bumps and curves life throws at them and proving to everyone they are meant to be.  Opposites do attract. During the concert I moved my way up to the front row to record the song, via video, for Paul.

On the day Paul returned, I was eager to see him and I woke up around 5 am to meet him in Barry, Illinois. When I arrived he was wired! I did not understand how he could be so energetic after two days of no sleep. We drove an hour and a half back home and his energy continued. As he unpacked, he mentioned he had a gift for me from Colorado. When I eagerly said I wanted it, he said, “Maybe later.” All day, he told me the gift was nothing big and maybe I would receive it later.

As the day progressed, I asked him to listen to the song I had recorded while he was away. Little did I know, as I started the song Paul was thinking, “This is a great start to the proposal!” Well, that was until my high pitch, little girl voice came blaring through the speakers yelling the lyrics. We both started laughing hysterically. After the song ended, he asked me to close my eyes and when I opened them he was standing below on his knee with an open box. Inside the box was the exact ring we picked out at Denney’s earlier this summer! He said, “After spending ten, long days and nights in the mountains alone I did a lot of thinking. I know exactly what I want in life and that is you. Ashley, will you marry me?”

I said, “Yes!” However, I couldn’t believe it was really happening after seven years. All I could continue to say is, “Are you serious? Is this real? Is this really happening?” Paul was again left laughing at me and my disbelief. Needless to say, that was one restless night. I woke up every couple of hours to make sure the ring was really on my finger and it was not a dream. Although, it was a dream come true! And while it may not have been your “typical” romantic engagement, it was perfect for our personalities!  I will always cherish the gift he gave me from Colorado. The gift from Colorado was him because the ring was already in his drawer at home!

Thank you, Denney Jewelers for making our moment special.

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Avid swing/ballroom dancers Gene and Sharon Weiser, had each been single for a long time.  27 and 21 years respectively.  A proposal at 60 MPH  finally got them speeding towards the altar in this romantic proposal story.

On Valentines Day 2004, Gene was trying to come up with an unusual and creative way to propose to his girlfriend Sharon (54) of two years. He booked a bus trip with 48 close friends of the Springfield Ski Club to the Taste of Soulard Market in St. Louis and did he make it a memorable occasion for her and them!

Along the way, “Gene Gene the Dancing Machine” as he is known in the area called the passengers to attention (they knew nothing) as he took over the bus microphone.
After handing out Valentine candy treats to all the ladies on the bus and purposely skipping Sharon. He  dedicated this self-styled Valentine to Sharon and all the passengers.

Roses are Red,Violets are blue
I am really happy to be here with all of you
I am sure later on we will all be happy and gay
And we will all agree that we had a fun day
So without any more B.S. or fuss
Direct your attention to the center of the bus.

Gene made his way down the aisle to where Sharon had been waiting for him patiently.
He then handed Sharon a small Cookie Factory box. She just held the box in her hand as Gene said, “Open it! It’s your Valentine treat.”

Inside Sharon found a heart-shaped cookie with the inscription, “Will you marry me?”

Sharon, in temporary shock, finally yelled “yes” as Gene remained with one knee planted on the seat and a ring behind his back, balancing himself as the bus tooled down the interstate at 60mph. Gene said this was quite a balancing act for the 58 year old Weiser.

Gene then slipped the ring on her finger as the bus roared their approval! To add to the memories that day in Soulard Market, the Fox affiliate televison Channel 2 news found out about their engagement from people on the bus and interviewed Gene and Sharon. They were featured on the St. Louis TV airwaves that night.

When Sharon was interviwed as she was sampling a crabcake- Channel 2 Fox said what is the best thing about today and she flashed her ring at the camera and beamed. “Crab cakes and diamonds, what a wonderful combination!”

This story was also featured in the SJ-R as a Toby McDaniel column in March 2004.

Gene and Sharon married June 18, 2004 and were recently in Denney Jewelers to upgrade Sharon’s wedding ring with a new diamond.  They are still happily married and dancing their lives away after 6 years of wedded bliss. Gene said, “I am very lucky and would marry Sharon all over again.”

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