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The Happiest Couple in the Galaxy

By Matthew Karwoski

On Friday, February 25th, 2011, the Planetarium held its regular Friday Night Show at 7:00 p.m. As the lights dimmed for the “Celebrating Hubble,” everything seemed ordinary. The audience had no idea what was in store for them.

The crowd reveled at the beautiful and informative slides being presented when suddenly something unexpected appeared on the planetarium projector. Instead of showing the stars the audience was expecting, the unassuming slide read simply: “Stephanie Puente, I love you to the end of the universe and back. Will you marry me?” The audience clapped and cheered enthusiastically as she accepted the flattering proposal.

Stephanie Puente & Sebastien Cherney

All of this was the endearing plan of Sebastien Cherney, a geometry teacher who resides in Chicago. He and his now fiancé Puente, who works at a cytogenetics lab in Rosemont, IL, made the drive all the way to Milwaukee for the special evening.

The couple met at Marquette four years ago during a dance class. “It was my freshman year, it was her sophomore year. They were doing these dance classes at the beginning, and I was coming in and a big group of people were going ‘Oh yeah, we’re gonna do this, you should sign up,’ and I was like okay, I’ll go if everyone else is going. And when I showed up, everyone else that said they were going to be there was gone,” Cherney said.

Luckily Puente had come with some of her friends, and they convinced him to stay. They even ended up dancing together on that fateful evening and have been close ever since.

In choosing the perfect proposal setting, Cherney had no problem deciding where to go. Cherney said he used to come to the UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium with his parents and grandparents. “This was the place to go.” Cherney brought Puente there for their first date.

“At the time, I wasn’t sure what was the best way to approach it. I thought the planetarium was this hidden gem that most of the other people at Marquette didn’t know about. So I could bring her over here, and be something special. This one is clearly much better than the one that’s at the Milwaukee Public Museum.”

The night of the proposal marked exactly four years of their relationship.

When asked about her emotions after the proposal, Puente responded, “I’m the happiest girl in the world!”

Needless to say, Cherney and Puente are now the happiest couple in the galaxy.

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