In the following years, particularly because the arrival of their youngsters, life, they each mentioned, has turn out to be a unique sort of journey.
“We’ve grown by working together, by merging two families, his and mine, into one, before we started building one family, which is ours,” mentioned Ms. Moore, who was born in Charlotte and raised in Raleigh.
Mr. Matthews, who grew up in Tulsa, requested Ms. Moore, for her hand in marriage in a restaurant in St. Louis, a metropolis they’d lived in, albeit briefly, early of their marriage.
He wanted a bit assist from his mates with a view to get the job achieved.
He enlisted the help of two buddies from Tulsa. to help with logistics, and introduced alongside two extra characters — each of whom had been stuffed lengthy earlier than the appetizers had been served — to help within the proposal.
Mr. Matthews excused himself from the dinner desk and returned shortly after with a Build-a-Bear couple, one stuffed bear in a crimson gown and the opposite in a black go well with, the identical outfits worn by the couple that night time, in order that Mr. Matthews might introduce the bears to Ms. Moore after they arrived on the scene.
“I was stunned,” Ms. Moore mentioned of the bears. “I had never seen anything like that.”
When Mr. Matthews squeezed the correct paw of the bear within the black go well with, a message he recorded mentioned: “Jessica Moore, will you marry me?”