Monique and Buddy

How We Met

I have known Buddy since I was about 7 years old..the funny part is that he didn’t exactly know me! Buddy’s younger brother was in my class and I studied with him all through grade school and high school. Buddy was always the cool older brother. After years of not seeing him, we ran into each other downtown were we were hanging out with some mutual friends, and quickly connected as if we had truly known each other for years.

How He Asked

Buddy had been telling me for a while he was planning something special for our anniversary weekend, and made sure I had taken off of work for that. For all intents and purposes, it was supposed to be a surprise. A few days before our anniversary, Buddy asked if I wanted to know where we were going. Of course my answer was “no!” However, he proceeded to sending me the link to a campsite about two hours away from where we lived. It was certainly very different than what I expected had been the surprise he had been planning for a while, but I was still excited to spend a weekend away with him. On Friday when we were supposed to be leaving, I ended up realizing we were on our way to the opposite direction…the airport. I was so excited when I found out we would be going to Chicago for the weekend instead!

We met up with some friends there who were in cahoots with his surprise the whole time…Saturday night while one of our friends took me to get our nails done, Buddy was creating a beautiful setup on the rooftop with a view of the Chicago skyline. When we went upstairs “to take pictures”, I was surprised by a decorated gazebo with a table full of pictures of us, candles, and champagne. What I thought was a sweet anniversary surprise started changing quickly as I realized how serious his face was when he told me how he felt about me…and when he got down on one knee I thought I would explode! I wanted to scream from the rooftops, literally, that I get to marry this man! It was the happiest day of my life, and now I know we will surpass that at our wedding that is 3 weeks away!