Gussie and Jeff

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How We Met

Jeff and I met on his 25th birthday, when a girlfriend of mine and I went to meet another friend of ours from high school for his college roommates’ birthday party. The moment I met Jeff, I was enamoured by his big smile, warm heart, and happy go lucky attitude. He was someone that everyone wanted to be around and I fell right in line.

From the moment I met him, he made me feel special, like I was the only girl in the room, and from that night on, we never left each other’s side. 5 wonderful years later, a week before his 30th birthday, Jeff took me on a stroll through our favorite park and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was the easiest question I’ve ever answered.

How He Asked

Jeff and I had plans to meet our friend Neal and his wife Aubrey for dinner at a restaurant nestled into the north end of Lincoln Park in Chicago, IL. Aubrey had texted me the day before confirming our plans and come Friday we were set to go.

It has been a pressure filled few weeks in the city as the Chicago Cubs were in the World Series for the first time in 108 years.
The Cubs clinched the World Series, and that Friday was the day of the Cubs parade. The city shut down and no matter if you were a Cubs fan or not, the people of Chicago were on a high from the excitement and happieness.

It was a sunny, beautiful fall day, and Lincoln Park was in picturesque form. Jeff had ordered an über black car, telling me it was the only car he could get because of the Cubs parade traffic. I believe it. He said we needed to leave early for dinner because of the Cubs parade traffic. I believe it.

We made our way to the Lincoln Park, and with plenty of time to spare, we decided to get dropped off on the other side of the park and walk to the restaurant to kill time. Jeff called Neal to see if they were there yet, and let him know we were a tad early so were going to walk to the restaurant from the Lincoln Hotel which is located on the other end of the park.

Little did I know that Neal and Aubrey were in St Louis, and that phone call was to two of our best friends who he had secretly following us on our stroll, taking pictures.

It was the most beautiful fall evening, and we strolled through the the nature conservatory, along the Lincoln Park Zoo, stopped along the bridge, had a stranger take our photo in front of my favorite skyline, and finally made it to the north end of the park where North Pond restaurant is located.

Jeff stopped me just shy of the restaurant, got down on one knee, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

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I didn’t think that week could get any better, but it certainly did.

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He is truly my World Series win! Our friends popped out of the bushes, we celebrated, took a few more photos, a few in our friends Cubbies baseball hats, called our families, then enjoyed a nice meal just the two of us. 

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After dinner he fibbed again and was able to lure me to a bar where he had all our closest friends waiting to celebrate!

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