Anthony Brucato and Allison Stepaniak Engagement

Allison Stepaniak and Anthony Brucato

Allison Stepaniak and Anthony Brucato will exchange vows before all their friends and family June 20, 2015 at Saint Francis de Sales with a reception to follow at the Hilton Netherland Plaza's Pavilion Room.

Ever since Anthony started his position as the head of security operations at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Allison had pushed him to get her access to an up-close animal encounter. On a beautiful spring day in April, Anthony suggested the pair visit the Zoo for her encounter.

When they arrived, Anthony explained that he had a special surprise: a chance to meet My-Thai, the Asian elephant. While Allison was preoccupied with her new friend, Anthony pulled out the ring, got on one knee and popped the question. The whole moment was magical and Allison immediately said yes.

Allison and Anthony met five years ago in high school at a mutual friend’s bowling party. Their first date was Anthony’s senior homecoming.

The wedding will incorporate bright pops of color in pink, gold and teal blue, and they'll find a way to incorporate the elephant motif from that unforgettable proposal.