Kayla and Stefan

How We Met

On May 3, 2015 I was attending a friends surprise birthday party at a bar in Chicago, Benchmark. My friend was coming from a rec. league softball game and her team would be joining her in the surprise celebration. Little did I know that the man of my dreams would appear in a sweaty t-shirt and gym shorts. Stefan sad beside me once everyone arrived and struck up a conversation. He was most certainly quiet, while I did most of the talking. They served a fruit tart and a cake, I happened to get a little sliver of each and he asked to try the fruit tart, I completely saved his life when I saw there was a little bee in the raspberry he was about to eat!

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I stayed longer then I was planning on just to continue this easy conversation with a guy who’s biceps I couldn’t stop staring at. That following Wednesday we went on our first date to the Twisted Vine in Chicago and our love story began to write itself.

how they asked

I work for a hockey team in Chicago and it started out as a normal Tuesday until my director scheduled a meeting downtown with our marketing company. On my way to the meeting I received a call that it was canceled and that I could head home for the day. I came home to a beautiful bouquet of long stem red roses and a note asking me to be ready and instructions on what to wear, at that moment I knew that the rest of my life was about to become a dream come true. Stefan came to my condo shocked that I was actually ready early and followed his direction to wear a comfortable dress and flat shoes. After driving for over 2 hours in Chicago traffic we arrived in the middle of nowhere.

A bit confused about our whereabouts, I followed his lead onto the field to find a magnificent hot air balloon from Nostalgia Ballooning blown up ready for us to hop in, thank goodness I’m not scared of heights! We began to rise over the gorgeous countryside of Illinois while the pilot of the balloon explained that the balloon would reach 3,000 feet above the ground. I have always been a person who enjoys special moments that I can never go back to and no one would ever be able to be at either. Once we reached 3,000 feet the pilot explained that no one would ever cross the same paths in this space that we are now especially with the winds changing. Looking over the edge of the balloon at the beautiful landscape and the city barely visible in the horizon I turned around to find my prince charming down on one knee.

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Although I was hoping that this would happen nothing could have prepared me for the emotions that I felt at this moment. Every word that poured out of him made me realize that he was my person, he was the one that completed me, he would help me be better in every way and push me to be the greatest person I can be, he is my one true soulmate that I know I cannot live without. Before he could event open up the box with the ring I was in a mess of tears saying YES! Those tears began to flow more once he put my custom made Ethan Lord Engagement on my finger. I never thought about what I would do when this moment in my life happened or how it would feel, but for the next 2 hours on the balloon I couldn’t stop smiling at my fiancee and knew that we were going to continue to build a beautiful love story together.

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I will never be able to go back to that exact place or moment in the sky where I said yes to the man of my dreams, I will always have his love to remind me of how special and incredible the love we have for each other is. I will continue to replay this day forever in my memory and have the biggest smile on my face as I do so!

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