Love Story: Steven + Alicia

Football season brings fans together. Steven Gregory, 34, met his perfect match, Alicia Murphy, 32, while channel surfing for a beloved SEC game. Now they are ready to tackle the game of life together, hand-in-hand. This is their love story…

Alicia and Stephen 4How did you two meet?

S: We met at Gulf Restaurant in Orange Beach, Alabama. She thought I was going to change the TV channel off her Kentucky Wildcats game and darted over to me.

A: We were both waiting to watch SEC football. I saw him walk in and immediately felt a connection. I can still picture that moment so clearly to this day.

What is your most memorable date?

S: On my birthday she hired a pink gorilla to come to my office and sing happy birthday to me. My boss thought it was pretty funny. Alicia was waiting in the parking lot when I got off and was very proud of herself.

A: Our first date. Since we live in different cities, we met halfway in Birmingham for dinner at Ocean. As soon as I pulled up, he was there to help me out of my car. I don’t think he ever took his eyes off me. We promised to continue that “first date” every year.

Describe your partner in three words. Alicia and Stephen 3

S: Feisty, beautiful, and driven

A: Determined, thoughtful, and devoted

When did you realize you had met “the one”?

S: One night in Montgomery, we were sitting in my truck, and she looked at me and said, “I freaking love you.” It was an amazing moment and memory. I told her I freaking loved her back, too.

A: Six months into dating long distance, I took a leap and moved to Tuscaloosa. It was the best decision I have made.

Can you each tell me about the proposal from your own perspective?

S: It was in Orange Beach where we met, and I totally surprised her. I was apparently pretty nervous and didn’t say anything close to what I had rehearsed, but it turned out perfect.

A: We went to Orange Beach for the first weekend of football. His friend took a picture of us by the fountain. Of course I had to approve it and requested one more be taken. When I turned around, he was on one knee, and his friend took a memorable picture.

Alicia and Stephen 2What was your experience like shopping for the ring at Diamonds Direct? Tell us why you love the ring.

S: We went to several places when we started looking, and Diamonds Direct easily blew all the other places away. I wanted to design the ring to some degree, and they not only accomplished what I wanted but totally exceeded my expectations.

A: I absolutely love my ring! It is custom made to what we both had envisioned, and no one has one like it.

What are you most looking forward to about spending the rest of your lives together?

S: Having a family and fun every day with the woman I love.

A: The smiles. The thought of having a family and growing older with the love of my life and being able to share all our dreams together.

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