Jackie and Alex

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How We Met

Six years ago, I was arriving at the University of Delaware for my senior year of college. I was ready to find my person and was tired of always being interested in the wrong guys for me, those who didn’t want the same things I wanted. I previously heard about Alex through my best friend Jamie and her sorority little, Colleen, during the previous school year. Colleen had actually gone on a couple of dates with him and while there wasn’t any sort of connection between them, I was intrigued when I heard about him through them. “A nice Jewish boy that sounds like such a gentleman?” I thought. These thoughts were stored at the back of my mind as I headed home for the summer before my senior year. Fast forward to my senior year and Jamie wanted me to come to a party at her then boyfriend, now fiancé Ben’s fraternity. Little did I know that they already spoke to Alex about me and he wanted to meet me as well. I arrived at the party and Alex was standing there, right in the kitchen. “Hi, you’re Alex right?” As soon as I said that, I noticed his bright green eyes and knew there was something special about him.

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We ended up talking for hours that night at the frat party and he got my number. I truly felt like I knew him forever. Over the course of that week, we saw each other at more of the fraternity’s parties (syllabus week). There was undoubtedly a connection between us but after getting my heart broken before, I was reluctant at first. I knew Alex was interested and my heart was interested as well but took me a few days longer to fully realize this is the right kind of person to take a chance on. I learned he was genuine, smart, and kind. I soon realized I did in fact like him and after dates at restaurants in the area, and surprise flowers, one night he asked me to be his girlfriend with red roses. We soon fell in love and never would have predicted I would find my soulmate when I least expected it. Since I was a grade older (but actually younger than him- weird state cutoff rules) our following years included one year of long-distance between Delaware and New York where I am from, a few months of living at my parent’s house on Long Island, and eventually moving to New York City with friends to eventually move in together. The rest is history!

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How They Asked

Alex and I both knew that we were ready to get engaged after almost six years together and two years living together in New York City. He wanted the proposal to be a total surprise, and somehow he still pulled that off even with us being together every day during COVID 19 quarantine. Over Summer 2020, we went down the shore to Margate, NJ to stay with his parents. What better way to spend the summer than spend it at the beach? We would never be able to do this and spend as much time with his wonderful family under normal circumstances. Since I was furloughed from my job, I would go to the beach while he was working from home and later would learn that when I was out of the house, was when he was able to have the planning and preparation conversations with my two amazing best friends, Jamie and Rachel, and our incredible families.

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Alex’s family came down for Labor Day weekend and on Saturday, September 5th, it was just a typical Saturday down the shore. Alex made us breakfast and we did a work out class on my laptop (normal routine for us before the beach). We set off for the beach with a cooler and chairs, with me thinking that we were getting the spot for the rest of the family when they would meet us. As we got to the beach Alex led me to a picnic blanket which was decorated with gold accent pieces and a dozen red roses.

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I began to start shaking and said “What’s happening?” I blacked out of excitement from there on but Alex got down on one knee, pulled out a ring and said, “Almost six years ago I surprised you with red roses and asked you to be my girlfriend. It was the best decision of my life. I love you and I want to be with you for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?” With no hesitation I screamed, “Yes, yes, yes!” After hugs and kisses he showed me the hidden photographer who pretended he was lounging on a beach chair and after taking photos, we walked back to the house and my whole family along with Alex’s family and Jamie, Rachel, and their significant others Ben and Brian all surprised us for a party complete with decorations, cake, baby photos of us, thoughtful gifts, and a slideshow of our relationship throughout the years! It was truly the best day of my life and I am so excited to marry my best friend.

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Special Thanks

Shaun Reilly Photography
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