Sarindee and Raj

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How We Met

Raj & I first met on a White House Tour that a mutual friend had set up when he was in Washington, D.C. to visit and I happened to be living there. We didn’t hit it off until we both happened to be at the same wedding a year later (for a friend who was also on that tour). Raj and I hung out at the wedding, spent the next day touring Chicago, and when he finally dropped me off for my flight – I ended up missing it and getting to hang out with him a little longer. #Destiny By the time I got home the next day, I had a cute note with a box of macarons from Olivia Macaron in Georgetown, DC. Two weeks later, I flew back to Chicago to go on a real first date with Raj. He asked me to be his girlfriend after our first date and the rest is history!

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How They Asked

It was a beautiful summer day in Chicago so Raj told me he had planned a whole date day/night for us and to get ready. He showed up in a full summer suit (fairly standard for Raj) and I didn’t think twice. Our first stop was Gibson’s Italia. We sat on the patio looking overlooking the river and enjoying our meal. All of a sudden, the waiter told us that it’s about to start raining and moved inside. Raj ordered us a couple of drinks and disappeared to the bathroom (little did I know he was panicking at the fact he had a whole set up outside that was about to get poured on). We enjoyed our drinks and prepared to head to our next spot: afternoon tea. Since it was raining Raj told me he ordered us an Uber and asked if I wanted to walk to the back of the restaurant to see what they had in the little cafe area.

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I held his hand and walked into the back where he opened the door and I immediately saw a long Red carpet leading to the most beautiful proposal set up. There was a guitarist, playing our song – “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, a picture of us, and a huge sign saying “Marry Me” and I immediately burst into tears. He had to basically drag me down to the rose petals in the shape of a heart down the carpet because I couldn’t stop crying happy tears. When he got down on one knee and asked, it was the easiest and happiest “yes” of my life.

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But there’s more… once the photographer took some photos of us, Raj told me we were heading to Navy Pier for a private dinner. When we got there, I was quickly diverted to a Yacht instead, where I was surprised with ALL of our family and friends that flew in from all over the world!

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We sailed into the evening and it reaffirmed to me – that our love story will always be my favorite.

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Special Thanks

Team Rebecca Marie
 | Photographer
Sapan Ahuja
 | Photographer
Justin Elliot
 | Guitarrist
Brendan McLaughlin
 | Photographer