How We Met: We met online on Okcupid.com….
Jennifer was skeptical about online dating, but figured she would give it a try. After coming across tons of strange, creepy, and ill-matched guys, she stumbled across Dean’s picture, and liked what she saw! However, being shy makes it difficult to initiate conversation. Using Okcupid’s profile rating system, she rated Dean a 5/5. It turns out that Dean had also rated her a 5/5. This prompted the site to send notifications alerting both of them of their interest in one another. After a week or so of communicating by phone, they finally had their first date on May 23rd, 2013 at Buddakan in Philadelphia, PA. It was a lovely dinner filled with great conversation and great food, and they both had such a good time that they decided to go out and find some dessert. After walking around for half an hour, they decided on a small Dairy Queen. After dessert, Dean walked Jennifer back to her apartment and gave her a small kiss on the cheek goodbye, hoping that it wouldn’t be the last time he would see her. Thankfully, Dean was charming enough and Jennifer agreed to a second date (putt putt!), and the rest is history!
how they asked: After returning from a trip together in early 2014, Dean realized how special Jennifer was to him, and he knew that he couldn’t live without her. After dating just 8 months, he knew that the timing was too soon for a proposal. On Jennifer’s 25th birthday, Dean resolved to ask Jennifer to be his wife in exactly one year on Jennifer’s 26th birthday. However, Dean wanted to use his creativity to show Jennifer his devotion and make a thoughtful proposal. After returning from her birthday party, Dean started planning and making a video proposal: one that counted down to Jennifer’s 26th birthday. Every day for the entire year, Dean recorded a short message of proposal with the date, set to music, counting down to the big day.
Finally, during a family trip to Aruba, Dean was able to surprise Jennifer on the beach, with the help of her family, and present her with the video. After what seemed like hours, Jennifer looked up from the video, with the sun setting in the background, and saw Dean standing on the beach. A small crowd had gathered to witness the spectacle, and finally, after a year of anticipation, Dean finally proposed to Jennifer, and she said yes!