became a reality for Debbie Schwartz
and Bill Mazer on June 5, 1988.
According to Debbie, Bill, a
manufacturer's representative for the
family business, swept her off her feet.
"We were both at a party in Ann
Arbor in 1985, and my brother
introduced us," she said.
"I remember here was this really
cool looking guy, the only one at the
party who wasn't wearing shorts," she
"He was sporting blue jeans, and
had this really laid-back, almost
mellow way about him — I was
She says that at the time she met
her future husband, she had just
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BY DEBBIE L. SKLAR
broken up with a man she had been
dating for over a year.
"After I went back to school in
Cincinnati after that summer I met
Bill, I just couldn't get him off my
mind," she recalled.
"For two quarters I stayed in
school working on my degree in
theater, but he was really all I thought
'In 1987 he proposed to her on a
carriage ride through Birmingham.
"It happened after we went out on
a Thursday night for dinner at Chez
Raphael in Novi."
"He was acting really strange all
night, very out of character," she said.
"I remember, I must have asked
him a dozen times what was wrong."
"When he finally got up the nerve
we were just passing the 555 building
in Birmingham, she said.
Debbie said that the band he
slipped on her finger that night was
"like a cracker jack box ring that he
gave me over a year before the
engagement. It was kind of like a
Debbie said once the proposal
was made, the next plan_of action was
to agree upon a date.
"We decided that we definitely
wanted a summer wedding, that's
what I had always dreamed of," she
"True, it turned out to be one of
the hottest summers, but we were
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