By Jennie Zeitler
Amy Waldorf and Kyle Marthaler will always remember “five years, 10 months and 18 days.” That was how long they dated before Marthaler proposed. They are now planning a wedding and preparing for a marriage.
“We met at a party in high school and started talking,” Waldorf said. “We agreed to go to prom together because neither
of us had dates. We started dating two weeks later.”
Both Waldorf and Marthaler are 2007 graduates of Melrose High School. Marthaler attended St. John’s University for a year before joining Waldorf at St. Cloud State University (SCSU).
They currently live and work in St. Cloud.
“We enjoy being active,” said Marthaler. “We golf together, go to the movie theater, go fishing sometimes.”
Waldorf golfed in high school and Marthaler likes to golf, so there is ongoing friendly competition between the two on the golf course.
“We both like the outdoors,” Waldorf said. “We both like to cook and bake, experimenting in the kitchen. I leave most of the cooking up to him. I do most of the baking.”
Their favorites include a monster cookie recipe from Waldorf’s aunt and a family favorite: apple crisp.
“It never turns out as good as mom’s,” Waldorf said.
Waldorf thought she knew after the first year of dating that she wanted to marry Marthaler.
“He’s very dependable,” she said. “He knows exactly what to say and fits in with my family really well.”
Marthaler knew by about two years of dating that “I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her,” he said. “We grew so close; she became my best friend. I can talk to her about anything.”
The couple wanted to wait until after they finished college and had solid jobs before considering their future together.
They had been shopping for rings a few times, just browsing at first. After looking at different jewelry stores, they narrowed their choices down to three or four rings.
“It’s always fun to go look,” Waldorf said. “A ring looks totally different when it’s on your finger.”
Marthaler and Waldorf had a weekend getaway at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior planned in March 2013, something they do every year.
Marthaler planned the proposal in detail for that Saturday evening. After an afternoon of snowshoeing followed by dinner, he had rose petals scattered across a bridge near Lake Superior. A resort employee agreed to take photos of the actual proposal because Waldorf had mentioned how she would like photos of that.
Marthaler had a specially-made book waiting for Waldorf to look at — filled with photos telling the story of their dating years. The last page asked the question, “After five years, 10 months and 18 days, will you marry me?”
Waldorf turned to find Marthaler down on one knee. She answered with a “yes” and soon found her favorite ring on her finger.
They restrained themselves from posting the news on Facebook while driving to tell the news to their parents in person.
Their wedding date is May 31, falling soon after their dating anniversary of May 6. They will be married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with eight attendants each to witness their vows.
The Greenwald Pub will be the site of their reception, decorated with a “springy theme using wine corks and lemon,” Waldorf said.
The couple participated in the St. Cloud Diocese marriage preparation course and are meeting with a married sponsor couple several times in the months leading up to their wedding.
They anticipate buying a house in the next year and hope to travel. They look forward to raising a family.
“It’s a new, exciting step,” Waldorf said. “I knew I wanted to spend my life with him.”