Sgt. Tyler Plaisance and his fiance Megan Collins
Last year on December 26, Sgt. Tyler Plaisance asked a waitress at a local café to tuck an engagement ring into a to-go box so he could surprise his soon to be fiancé, Megan Collins.
The proposal plan didn’t go over as well as he had expected.
“I was very happy but pretty upset at the same time. I mean really, in a to-go box?” said Megan.
The 23-year-old girl had been hinting at possible ideas her boyfriend might consider when he would finally pop the question. The to-go box never crossed her mind.
“I knew I wanted to propose on that date because it was the anniversary of our first date two years earlier,” the shy groom-to-be said. “But she kept going on and on suggesting things I had already planned so I got frustrated and just did it that way.”
“He was going to have it attached to our one of our dogs, who are like our kids, and have her bring it to me; but, the day before I suggested that and he got upset and just did it at the café,” interrupted the glowing bride-to-be with a laugh.
Tyler was Megan’s high school crush but the two were always too shy to talk to one-another. A few years after high school, while in the Marines, Tyler reconnected with Megan on Facebook and the duo eventually began dating.
Prior to and during their relationship Tyler spent four years in the Marine Corp, which included a one-year tour in Afghanistan and voyages to several foreign countries.
The young couple, both extremely proud of his service time, decided to focus their wedding on just that … the military. They spoke to Donald Callais, a member of the VFW, American Legion and Veterans Memorial District Board, and asked if it would be possible to have not only their engagement pictures taken at the Veterans Memorial Wall, but to also hold their wedding ceremony there too.
Tyler now with a sergeant ranking, along with his great-grandfathers Rosemont Gisclair and Walter Anselmi, have their names emblazoned onto the massive 115’ x 60’ black granite replica of the Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He and Megan will be united standing near where his name is engraved.
“We want the wall and grounds to be put to use for things like this – class trips, group visits and especially for special ceremonies such as this one,” Callais said.
Because the couple had to pay for most of the wedding on their own, they kept an extremely tight budget only spending about $2,000 in all. The ceremony site will cost the couple nothing. The reception hall was rented at a discounted rate through a local Veteran’s group and guests will bring their own alcohol and will contribute potluck style with food.
“We’re hoping that we’ll get monetary gifts for the wedding so that we can maybe go on a honeymoon afterwards. A good friend that Tyler served with lives in Hawaii and has offered to let us stay at his place for our honeymoon if we can buy our own plane tickets,” said Megan.
The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. this Friday, April 26th at the Veterans’ Memorial Wall located on Hwy. 3235 just south of Wal-Mart in Galliano. The public is invited to attend the ceremony portion of the wedding and all Veterans or active military members in attendance are asked to wear their service uniforms as well.
“We want to make our wedding not only about us but also about other men and women in the military. That’s why we decided to ask guests to contribute care package items as well,” Megan said.
All guests are asked to bring items to be placed into a care package to be sent to soldiers currently serving abroad. The American Legion will then package and ship the items to the troops with a note saying the items were collected at the couple’s wedding.
Care package items include personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, Chapstick, eye drops, sunscreen, lotion, foot powder, cards, magazines, books, potted meat, tuna, etc.
“I’m really excited to share our wedding day honoring others who have served or are serving in the military,” Tyler said. “Semper Fidelis.”
Posted on Tue, April 23, 2013