The first time I met Amie was in my best friend’s parent’s living room. She was going to junior prom with another of my good friends. I decided to skip prom that year and stopped by to sneak a peek at my friend’s dates. I remember her warm smile and beautiful brown eyes.

As the years passed, we’d see each other in passing and say, “Hi, how are you?” and the usual small talk. Nothing more than a friendly conversation between two people that had mutual friends. That would change on December 14th, 2014.

Amie was involved in a car accident and I saw the news on Facebook. I immediately contacted Amie and asked if she was okay, could I do anything to help or did she have any questions since I’d been in a serious car accident wanted to help her as much as possible.

We exchanged numbers and began to text each other regularly. The conversation was still about Amie’s accident but we also began to talk about more personal things like relationships and what each of us wanted. Then, on December 27th, I made a decision that would change our lives forever.

I was leaving to go to a Pink Floyd tribute concert and picked up my phone to text Amie…but then I decided to call instead. She didn’t answer, so I left her a message. I got a text from her on the way to the show and I asked if I could call her after I got home. “Sure!” she said.

I got home and called her at 1 a.m. We talked for over 3 and a half hours about anything and everything. I didn’t want that conversation to end. I hung up and said to myself, “I’m in love with her. Nah…can’t be true. No way she feels the same and I’m going to scare her off if I tell her.”

We made plans to go on a date the following Tuesday, December 30th. I picked her up and on the way to the restaurant (which was 2 minutes away from Amie’s apartment) she grabbed my hand. We both knew at that moment that the chemistry between us, on all levels, was an undeniable force.

We were sitting on her couch one evening a few days after our first date and I said to Amie, “So, where do you see us in a year?” and she said, “Where do YOU see us in a year?” Without hesitation, I blurted out, “MARRIED!” and she responded, “I know!!!”

When the time came to propose, I decided the perfect place would be The Pageant in St. Louis before the Tesla concert. After all, the last show I went to see there was the night I made the call that would change our lives forever. What better place to ask the question that would put an exclamation point on “happily ever after?” Not to mention my parents and a couple who are our very good friends would also be there.

With the help of The Pageant staff, my friends and family and a very surprised Amie, the rest is history!!!