Dana and John

How We Met

We met on the dating app, Tinder. John was new to Minneapolis and was trying to meet people. My friend convinced me to download the app for fun. John had been having bad luck on Tinder and decided to go on two more dates before giving up on the app and dating for a while. John and I both swiped right (meaning we were then able to message each other on the app).  John and I scheduled a date, but I came down with the flu and canceled the date.

Meanwhile, John went on a date with another girl and had a nice time… but when the girl said her roommate was sick with the flu, John became suspicious. It was discovered that the girl John went on a date with was my roommate! John had a nice time with my roommate and decided he should no longer go on a date with me, so he sent me a message telling me this. When things didn’t work out with my roommate (after just 2 dates), John decided to ask me out again. I decided to give John a chance and the rest is history!

How He Asked

John and I were going to Madison, Wisconsin to celebrate Christmas with his family. On the way, we stopped in Wisconsin Dells to spend a night at his Dad’s cabin. When we arrived, there was a large gift wrapped in gold wrapping paper and a big gold ribbon. It was labeled with both of our names. John said that his Dad and Penny must have left it for us. I was very confused because we were going to celebrate Christmas with them the next day. I asked John if we should bring the package to Madison with us and open it with them.

John said no, we should open it that night. I continued to ask if we should call his dad and ask him if we should open it. John again said no, we should open it that night. So I agreed. Before we opened the gift, we went to get dinner. When we returned to the cabin, John was excited to open the gift, so we sat on the couch and began to unwrap it. When we opened the box, there was another box inside, again wrapped in gold paper. Inside that box, there was another and another.

When I got to the smallest package, John stopped me and said, “Before you open this, I have a confession to make: this is all from me and I have a poem that I wrote to read to you.” John read the poem to me and at the last line, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. With tears of joy streaming down my face, I said yes! Little did I know, the day before while I was at work, John drove all the way to The Dells, set up the gift, then drove to my parent’s house to have dinner with them and ask them for my hand in marriage!

Special Thanks

Lauren Baker Photography
Photographer