Joe & Leah: Engaged

Leah & Joe have been together almost three years and are so ready to tie the knot in November! Scroll to see their beautiful engagement photos (Illumen Photography) and read all about their love story:


How did you meet?

We had both moved to St. Louis to work at Barnes Jewish Hospital. We met each other while working there, and were “work acquaintances” for a while, and occasionally hung out in group settings. We eventually started dating a little bit over a year later.

Share one of your favorite dates.

My first birthday as a couple, Joe brought over flowers and sushi to my apartment. We stayed home, ate sushi, and had a quiet, romantic night.


When did you know he was the one?

After he said “I love you” for the first time

Was the proposal a surprise?

Yes! Deep down, I knew Joe and I would one day get married, but had no idea he was planning to propose. He researched about rings and diamonds, and then shopped for rings secretly. He enlisted my younger sister to help him figure out what style ring I wanted. The whole time, I was blissfully ignorant that all this was taking place! Then, after he had just gotten home from traveling for a week, we were alone in our kitchen and he popped the question. He had a sweet speech prepared and hugged me as he said it. I didn’t realize what was happening until the end of the speech when he held out the ring!

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What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

He is very kind and thoughtful, never making rash decision or actions.

How do you envision your wedding day?

Simple yet elegant with a giant party to follow


How did you decide on your venue?

I honestly made an excel spreadsheet of tons of venues I found using and We then toured the top 5 contenders, and settled on The McPherson as our favorite. It had the simple elegance I wanted without much need for extra decoration, and the bridal sweet to get ready in.

What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?

Finally being married to Joe!


Stay tuned for their November 10th wedding!!

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