by Del Cook

The tiger exhibit at the Kansas City ZOO seemed  liked the perfect place to propose...

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They say that the best relationships start as great friendships...Buddy and Michaela met at work and were good friends for about two years. As Cupid would have it, Buddy started to see Michaela as more than just a friend and they began dating. Their first date was at the Kansas City Zoo. Buddy asked Michaela to be his girlfriend while riding on the sky lift. The tiger exhibit was new to the zoo and it was their favorite place. 

It didn’t take long for them to realize that they were meant to be together, so naturally they started ring shopping. The first stores they tried were at the mall. "The people were nice enough, but you could tell they were just trying to make the sale. Then we went to Especially Jewelry, where Buddy’s parents have been going for many years. All the staff is wonderful and they don’t view customers as just dollar signs. They are very personable and they worked with us to find the perfect ring while keeping our budget constraints in mind."   Michaela

One year and a day later to be exact, Buddy took Michaela back to the zoo. This time they went to view the keeper chat at the tiger exhibit. As the zookeeper talked, three other staff members brought three white barrels into the exhibit. They turned the barrels over and written on them were: ‘Michaela, will you marry me?’ The first barrel Michaela saw was the ‘marry me’ barrel and she thought, ‘Oh, cool, someone is getting proposed to!’

When she saw the barrel with her name on it being turned to view, she then turned to Buddy and he was on one knee. It felt like a ‘Happily ever after’ scene straight out of a movie!

"We will always shop at Especially Jewelry. The atmosphere in that store is wonderful and romantic. As soon as we walk through the door they offer to clean our rings. Del and Julie are awesome and we are so thankful that we went to them!"                                                

                                                                          Buddy and Michaela