Eric Most knew he wouldn't meet his soulmate in a bar.
"eHarmony? It never crossed my mind," he said.
Most popped the question on Jan. 22, his 29th birthday. He had been dating Jacqie Silagyi for less than a year. They went to St. Pete Beach, a little north of the Don CeSar hotel. She had sent him a card asking that he have two or three questions ready that had not already been asked over the course of their courtship. She wanted to see what he would come up with.
Both Christians, Most and Silagyi, 39, attend 97 West, a singles ministry at Davis Islands Baptist Church in South Tampa. They met through the ministry.
Before meeting Silagyi, Most was resigned to being single, happy with his relationship with God. "You need to know who you are before you can be with somebody else," he said.
He treaded carefully through their relationship, wanting everything to be intentional. He made sure he was honest with himself about his feelings.
So he found himself standing on the beach on his birthday with the woman he loved. First, he asked her what her story was, in relationship to the Lord.
After she answered, he got down on one knee.