Grooms Parents: John and Lorna Allen,and the late Jack Sebald
Brides Parents: Ken and Pam Starling
Date of Engagement: December 16, 2011
Wedding Date: June 15, 2013
How we met: We met during college at MSU, when we worked for the State of Michigan together back in 2002. After being friends for almost a year, we began dating on May 05, 2003, and have been together ever since.
The Proposal: We have always considered MSU and East Lansing to be our home even though we don’t live there anymore; and I knew this would be the perfect spot to ask Maria to be my wife.Thanks to Christine and Rottermond I was able to pick up Maria’s ring the day that I planned on proposing to make sure it was as secret as possible Since Maria had just finished her semester, I told her that I wanted to take her out to dinner as a way to celebrate earlier that week. On Friday, the 16th, we drove to Lansing from our home, and I took her to her favorite sushi restaurant. I had to keep excusing myself to the restroom to keep checking that the ring was still in my pocket. As we don’t get back to MSU and Lansing as much as we would like,we had decided after dinner to drive past all of the places that we had lived to see how they had changed and to reminisce. After we had finished driving around, I told Maria that I wanted to go and see the Christmas Tree down in front of the state capital building, since we were strolling down memory lane. She agreed, even though she had a look on her face that said. “OK, Mr. Sentimental, we can be cheesy.” When we got downtown by the capital and parked, there was a crowd of people gathered around the tree checking it out. I had wanted this to be a private moment for the two of us, so I tried to stall leaving. I commented on how I wondered how all of the lights were put on the tree, or where the tree came from, trying my best to fake as much interest as possible into the tree, in the hopes that the crowd would leave. Finally after what seemed like an eternity, it was just the two of us under the tree; and it was now or never. I didn’t have a back up plan, so it had to be now. I looked at her under all of the twinkling lights, and told her how important this Lansing, and the capital was for the two of us, as it was the place where we met and fell in love. I pulled the ring out of my pocket, got down on one knee, and told her that there was nothing more in the world that I wanted than for her to be my wife, and would she marry me. After many tears, a giant hug that nearly knocked me down, and a “Oh my God, it’s gorgeous (referring to the ring), ” I asked “is that a yes?” To which Maria cried “Yes, of course it’s a Yes!”