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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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rubyringI had always been frustrated with my husband’s lack of enthusiasm for Valentine’s Day, meaning a card given halfheartedly was the most I could expect. But since he was a wonderful, loving husband and father and did nice things for me all year, I really couldn’t complain.

However, last Valentine’s Day, as my co-workers received flowers, candy, and romantic cards from their husbands and boyfriends, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for myself. Sue just got flowers . . . Becky just got a balloon bouquet . . . oooh, and a candy bouquet for Sara!  I decided to take a quick break and go for a walk to blow off a little steam. It was near lunchtime; maybe I’d treat myself to a special Valentine’s Day lunch.

As I walked out the door of my office building, a hand reached out and touched my arm, and there stood my husband, Richard, smiling with the pleasure of a small child. “Honey,” he said, “this ring is for you. Happy Valentine’s Day. I love you.”

He presented me with a beautiful red ruby ring surrounded with diamonds.

“But, Richard, you don’t believe in Valentine’s Day!” I squeaked as I put the ring on and held it out in the sun light to admire it.

“No, honey, that’s not really true.  I’ve just been saving up for something really special!”


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