Tierney and Payton

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How We Met

My fiancé and I met my freshman year of college at Western Illinois University. We were both part of college athletics, he played baseball and I played softball. We were instant friends and remained so from freshmen year until the end of our senior year when we were like hey, we should go on a date! We’ve been inseparable since.

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How They Asked

Payton proposed on January 17th in downtown Chicago on the bridge on Wacker. We currently live in Florida while I finish up physician assistant school and we decided to fly home for a weekend. It had been a while since he was home, as he wasn’t able to come for Christmas, so we made plans to meet up with his friends in the city. It was just starting to snow and while we were walking it started to come down hard. It was dark from the snow, even though it was only 4 pm, and the downfall mixed with the lit-up buildings was breathtaking.

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I was under the impression we were going to meet his friends at a pub, but to my surprise, he got down on a knee on the bridge and asked me to be his forever. Right after I screamed “YES” our families popped out from the riverwalk and were able to celebrate with us. One of the best parts is that my best friend flew all the way from San Diego for the night to capture this special moment for us. We get married next May :)

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Special Thanks

Karissa Kouchis
 | Photographer