How We Met
Brian and I met in 2011 when he moved to St. Louis from Florida to take a job opportunity at the company I was working for. After a few years of working together (and dating other people), we became really great friends. Best friends actually. That kind of friendship filled with countless inside jokes, laughter, trust, acceptance, and support. After I left my job in mid 2015, it hit me like a ton of bricks, I quickly realized how much I missed seeing him every! So I did what any proper lady would do, or not so proper, I “strategically” bought him two tickets to see a Cards Cubs game at Wrigley Field- a bucket list item for him. Luckily, it worked out in my favor and Bri asked me to go on the trip with him. The rest is history!
how they asked
We woke up in Chicago on November 19, 2016 which happened to be Brian’s 35th Birthday. We made the trip from St. Louis to Chicago to get away and celebrate! I woke up excited for the day because I had all sorts of little surprises planned out for him. I was feeling like a pretty great girlfriend! Little did I know, Brian had an even bigger surprise for me on his day. We started the day by ordering breakfast to our room and, of course, birthday presents! We took our time getting ready then we set out to Michigan Avenue for a little shopping. The only thing Brian really wanted to do that day was go see a Shakespeare play at the Navy Peir. Since it was his birthday, I obliged. Once we arrived at the Navy Pier, Brian became very adamant about going to see a park nearby. Again, it was something he wanted to do on his birthday so who was I to stop him!
We made it to the park and it was stunning to say the least. The park overlooked Lake Michigan and had the most beautiful view of the city. We took a minute to admire the views then Brian turned to me, his face nervous like I’ve never seen him before, and said, “so… there is no play.” At that point I was so confused as Brian continued on saying the sweetest things. He got down on one knee and pulled a little red box out of our camera bag.
It took me a minute to realize what was going but once I did, I said yes!
We had a moment to take it all in and then Brian introduced me to our photographer who had been capturing the whole thing!
After the proposal and photo shoot we continued to celebrate Brian’s birthday and our engagement with a private helicopter tour. Before attending our dinner reservations on the 95th floor of the John Handcock Center, we stopped by our hotel to freshen up. Our room overlooked the Chicago River where the City of Chicago put on a firework show.
That part wasn’t planned but it was perfect. The whole day was one of those days I will forever cherish!
A special thank you to my future husband, Brian, for making this day so memorable for us!!