Jessica & Zack | St Louis Forest Park

— Posted on 10/13/15 by Chad Keffer

Tell us how you first met…

Zach and I first met as children when we were teammates on the St. Ann diving team. Zach is three years older than me and throughout childhood, three years is a big age difference. We were friends with people on the team who were our own ages and never really talked much. Years later, we met again at St. Ann pool, this time as co-workers. We continued to lead seperate lives – different high schools, friends, etc. The summer after I graduated high school, we finally became friends! We started hanging out with our “pool friends” – first every weekend, then every day. We would work together all day, then hang out all night. We started dating in June , even though Zach never officially asked me out! When reminiscing about the summer we started dating, we always get a good laugh – we both secretly were crushing on each other long before we started dating!

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Tell us about the proposal…

After 6 years of dating, we finally were able to take our first trip to the beach together! Zach’s family planned a week long trip to Destin, Fl and we were both so excited. A few weeks before vacation Zach and I were eating dinner at Chimi’s, one of our favorite restaurants, and jokingly I said “Wouldn’t it be so great if you proposed to me on the beach?” We both laughed it off as if it would never happen and Zach showed no sign of actually planning a proposal. I had no idea that he had been working with a jeweler to find the perfect ring for me since last November! Our second night in Florida, Zach and I went to dinner together at Pompano Joe’s. It was a really fun restaurant on the beach, complete with a live band and sand volley ball courts. After dinner we headed back to the beach near the house we were staying at. We took a blanket and cooler full of drinks and hung out under the stars. We talked, laughed, and Zach popped the question! When we got back to the house, Zachs family was waiting with silly string and decorations. It was the perfect private proposal followed by a fun night of celebrating with family!

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Tell us the one thing you love most about each other! Don’t be shy!

My favorite thing about Zach is his uncontrollable energy. His excitement and passion about everything he does is something I admire! I love that he brings that same excitement to our relationship – there is never a dull moment! What I love about Jessica is being loved by her, she is the most kind hearted person! She keeps me grounded, is my best friend, and she believes in me.

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Tell us the one thing you love most about each other! Don’t be shy!

My favorite thing about Zach is his uncontrollable energy. His excitement and passion about everything he does is something I admire! I love that he brings that same excitement to our relationship – there is never a dull moment! What I love about Jessica is being loved by her, she is the most kind hearted person! She keeps me grounded, is my best friend, and she believes in me.

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