Throwback Thursday: Halie & Drew’s Engagement

This week’s #TBT couple is Halie and Drew. Halie and Drew’s engagement was featured in our April 2019 issue. They were recently married, but we loved their engagement announcement so much, we just had to feature them in a Throwback Thursday post! 

Halie & Drew, engaged 9.21.18, married 5.18.19. Photographer: Amber Rhea

From Drew: 

Do You Remember the 21 Night of September?
I asked Halie to be my forever on September 21, 2018. The proposal took place at simple yet majestic church overlooking the rolling hills and the infinite lake of the Ozarks. The day began with multiple trips to the venue with Halie and I’s best friends in order to fine tune the details as well calm my immense nerves. As the day proceeded, the weather took a turn for the worst. Cloudy skies and drizzling rain began to damper my excitement for the night, but I knew this would still be the perfect night for both Halie and me.
After tirelessly hammering out the details with all who were involved and taking hours to pick out the perfect outfit, our perfect night began. In order to mask my nerves, a car concert and a dance party took up a near one-hour drive. After arriving at Top of the Rock, in Branson, MO, Halie and I ordered two wonderful and juicy steaks, but there was one problem. As a weekly steak connoisseur, I am used to eating excessively large steaks, but because of my nerves, my appetite, as well as my conversation, was more than lacking. Luckily for me, the rain began to flee, and the sunset began to shine across the glistening lake. As we made our way to the church, my heart began to race faster and faster, but I knew this would be the best decision I would ever make. After we entered the church, I began reflecting on the beauty of the view knowing this was the perfect representation of the moment that was soon to follow.
So that I could catch Halie by surprise, I asked her to turn around so I could take a picture of her in front of the sunset reflecting across the lake. As her back was turned, I grabbed the ring that was hidden in a pew and took the picture knowing our lives were about to change forever. As I began to give my rehearsed speech to Halie, my words could not catch up with my heart, so I did the two things I knew how to do; I told her that I loved her, and I asked her to hang out with me for the rest of our lives. My perfect moment then proceeded my fumbled proposal because with tears in her eyes, she said yes.
Drew and Halie were married on May 18, 2018! 
If you’ve been recently engaged or married, we’d love to feature you in a future issue! Submit your story here! 

Throwback Thursday: Matt & Abby’s Engagement

Matt & Abby were featured in our October 2018 issue. They were engaged Summer 2018 and married this July! We hope you enjoy this blast from the past…we can’t wait to share their wedding story with you! 

Abby & Matt, engaged Summer 2018, married July 2019. Photographer: Amber Rhea

From Abby:

Matt proposed to me at Disney World this past summer in front of Cinderella’s castle.  When he got down on one knee, the big trolley that rides up and down Main Street U.S.A. was honking its horn loudly.  Lots of people were watching and cheering.  I honestly couldn’t think of a more fun and magical place to get engaged.  It was just the two of us that day and I really liked that.  We knew that we would have lots of time to celebrate with friends and family at the wedding, so it was really nice to just focus on the two of us and this commitment that we had just made to each other.  We went about the rest of the day riding rides, getting poured on by the Orlando afternoon rains (didn’t stop us from running around and enjoying Disney), stuffing our faces at the very romantic Lady and the Tramp restaurant, and then watching the Happily Ever Fireworks with an ice cream sundae.  It probably didn’t look like your average proposal day, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. 

Matt and Lori Biswell announced the engagement of Abby Biswell of Quincy Senior High school and Matt Howard of Marquette High School. The wedding was in Quincy at the Quincy Country Club on July 6, 2019. 

If you’ve been recently engaged or married, we’d love to feature you on our blog and in an upcoming issue! Submit your story at 


How To Submit To QAB Magazine

Have you been recently married? Engaged? Do you have great marital advice to offer or an area of wedding expertise you’d be willing to share with your community through an article? Our publication would LOVE to feature you in an upcoming issue! Submitting to our magazine is quick and easy, but we’re here to break it down and make it even simpler.

Engagement Submissions

So you get to spend forever with your other half…what better way to share the news with friends and family than in our magazine?! Submitting your engagement consists of just a few steps. All of our submissions require entering your name and contact information. Next, add the announcement you’d like to appear in the magazine and upload photos from your engagement shoot or the proposal! Make sure you have your photographer’s permission to use the images before you submit. We’ve included some examples from our last issue below. You can submit your engagement here. 

Photographer: Courtney Dueppengiesser
Photographer: Amber Rhea










Local Love Stories

Gush about your wedding day! We want to hear all about it. Tell us your Local Love story in an essay up to 750 words. This can include anything from how you met, why you fell in love, why you chose a specific theme for your wedding, and any special details about your wedding day. We’d love to hear from both the bride and groom! You’ll also need to include a list of local vendors that contributed to your big day and their contact information so we can show them some love, too. Next, choose 15-20 of your favorite images from your wedding. We want to see your floral arrangements, cake, and of course photos of the happy couple. Make sure to get your photographer’s permission to share the photos and notify your vendors that you’ll be submitting their information as well. If any vendors would rather their names not be included in the magazine, tell them to notify you so we can make these changes. Submit your Local Love story today! 

Photographer: Amanda Genenbacher

20 Questions

Whether you’ve been married 5 years or 50, we want to hear from you! Tell us about married life. Grab your spouse and a glass of wine and enter 2 answers for each question, one from each of you. Upload your favorite picture of the two of you and you’re good to go! What do you remember about your wedding day? What song played during your first dance? What advice would you give to a couple planning their wedding now? Answer these and the rest of our 20 Questions now to be featured in an upcoming issue.


Calling all photographers, hair stylists, bakeries and DJ’s…this one’s for you! If you’re a local vendor who wants to be featured in our magazine, this is the perfect submission for you. There is no better way to brag about your expertise in the wedding industry. Submit an unbiased article that showcases your knowledge of your field. Articles are chosen based on relevancy to issue and supporting imagery availability. Submit your article here before June 15th to be eligible for feature in our July issue!

Photographer: Laken McDonald

As a local publication, showcasing local couples and vendors is our mission. Thank you in advance to anyone submitting — we can’t wait to brag on you!