Caitlin and Zach

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How We Met

It’s true what they say about finding your soulmate – “When you know, you know.” Zach and I met over two years ago at a random bar on Taylor Street in Chicago (thank you, Vintage Lounge). Something came over me – a magnetic field – and drew me towards Zach. Soon enough, we were dancing the night away and in the months to follow, we became inseparable. It wasn’t long before I knew we would be together forever.

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how they asked

Zach proposed at our summer home in Bay View, Michigan on the third of July. My family has a cottage there that has been around for over 100 years and this little piece of heaven is close to our hearts! Zach knows how important family is to me, and he picked this location because he knew my parents got engaged there over thirty years ago.. what he didn’t realize is that it was the very same weekend! Everyone always asks, did you know he was going to do it? When you’re in love and excited to spend the rest of your lives together, it’s something you discuss!

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I was not sure how or when Zach would propose, but I will say that there is absolutely nothing that prepares you for this moment. Zach took me for a walk before dinner on July 3rd and we watched the sunset from a rocking swing on the bluff. After a fatefully romantic conversation, he walked me a bit closer to the water and got down on one knee and spoke those four unforgettable words: “Will you marry me?” One of the things I love most about my fiancé is his charismatic nature. I wouldn’t use the word nervous to describe his demeanor in this moment – I suppose vulnerable is the closest fit.

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In this moment, I was so overwhelmed with joy and emotion that I immediately began crying. Truth be told, Zach asked me three times before I could proclaim the word: “YES!” It was a perfectly intimate and private moment followed by a burst of applause and screams.

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Onlookers watching the sunset had stayed to witness the proposal and were cheering from afar. Zach grabbed my hand, held it high and shouted back “She said Yes!” We held hands as we headed back to the cottage to pop pink champagne with family and enjoy the night. Celebrations continued the next day with the 4th of July parade and fireworks. Sparks were flying!

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Special Thanks

Tatum Photo & Design
 | Photographer
Danielle Sommerfeld
 | Planning