Samantha and Blake Wagner Engagement Announcement

Samantha Leingang, daughter of Curtis & Paulette of Mandan, has become engaged to Blake Wagner, son of Allen & Sharon of Turtle Lake.

Wedding Date

Friday, October 14, 2016


I always told Blake I wanted to get engaged in front of the Eiffel Tower. I mean, who doesn't want that! It was a fantasy. I always said it as a joke because I knew it would never happen.

We ended up taking a family vacation to Las Vegas. We had been there before but this time it would be with family, so a little different than it is with friends. The first night we went to P.F.  Chang's and then walked down the strip. I was saying how it would be cool if we went to the top of the Eiffel Tower. So he casually agreed and we walked into the Paris Hotel and got tickets. We rode the elevator up to the top and the view was absolutely breathtaking. We could see all of the lights of Vegas. We walked around for a few minutes. I finally stopped to watch the Bellagio Fountains. He sighed a little bit and said, "Well, Sam we will probably never make it to the real Eiffel Tower...". Holy cow, it was happening. So, naturally, I got nervous and turned around to continue watching the fountains. At this point I am thinking, "Wait...what? Did I just turn around? Hurry swing back around and make it look effortless." So I turned around and he was on his knee with the ring. I know I should remember what he said but it was all a blur. I don't even know if I answered him! It was the perfect engagement for me.

How They Met

One of our mutual friends set us up. She worked with me and kept trying to get us to go on a date. I always said no. I was in nursing school, I was working, and I generally wasn't interested in meeting anyone. One day after work she called and asked me to come over and hang out. I didn't want to. My shift got over at 11pm and I was exhausted. But, it was a Friday so I thought I would run over quickly and say hi. Her brother had some friends over and she was introducing me to everyone, then she said, "...and this is Blake." I smiled and then immediately looked at her and gave her a mean glare. As the night progressed I thought I would chat with him because I owed it to her and then I can say I tried and she wont be able to keep hounding me to meet this guy. We chatted and I went home. That was that.

She had a party the next night. I showed up and he was there and we started talking again. I found myself wanting to get to know him and keep hanging out with him and before I knew it, it was late and I needed to get home.

I made my friend give him my number and we have talked every day since.