Jaclyn and Marcus

How We Met

Marcus and I had been dating for 11 years before we got engaged. 11 ladies!!! 11!!!! We were seniors in high school when we met and were soon to be both heading off to Indiana University! Coincidence or fate!? After undergrad, the dental school was a priority of his, so I headed back home to Valparaiso where I begin my teaching career, while he headed to Indianapolis to attended IU Dental School. We had been living apart for the past 5 years. To say it was tough was an understatement– but at least we were still only a 2-hour drive away from each other. We finally live together now; with Marcus landing a job of being a dentist in our hometown! It was all worth the wait!

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How They Asked

I threw Marcus a 30th birthday party at a local neighborhood bar and invited all of our closest family and friends. While I was planning the party, little did I know, Marcus was custom making my dream engagement ring! The turnout for the party was great. After singing happy birthday to him, he made a speech about how 29 was a great year for him (talking about how he graduated from dental school, got a job, and moved home for good.)

He then said stated that “there wasn’t much more I could ask for…” while reaching in his pocket and pulling me up there with him he said, “well there is one more thing I could ask for!” And then asked me to marry him! There wasn’t a dry eye in the place, including him and I! Everyone had been waiting a very long time for this proposal, especially US!!!! It was very special to have everyone there with us, and it all got videoed because our parents knew prior! We can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together after this long journey!

Special Thanks

Maggie Russo
 | Photographer