Jackie and Doug

How We Met

We met by chance- a mutual friend introduced us before a  Detroit Lions Pre-season game… we thought nothing of it at first, but after a few months of seeing each other around more, we totally hit it off! There was a deeper connection between us from the start…  just two months into dating, and Doug told his mom he wanted to marry me! He kept that to himself at first- I was in school still trying to finish up and get my new professional life in order. he waited till the perfect time to pop the question- three years later!

How He Asked

I was convinced I was headed to Chicago for a family trip, and my boyfriend of 3 years, Doug,  was proposing a month later on a trip to Boston we had planned. What I didn’t know is, he had been in contact with all of my siblings for the last several months and had plans to surprise me in downtown Chicago during a family weekend getaway, on the patio of the Shed Aquarium.

Not only did he plan this surprise proposal, but he drove from Michigan to Chicago with 8 of my closest friends for a surprise engagement party afterward downtown!

He also secretly invited friends and family living in the Chicago area to add to the surprise dinner… I was in total shock and it was so special to have my family around to see his proposal and celebrate with us. We’re an unlikely couple, as we met through a mutual friend totally by chance. After two months of dating, Doug told his mom I’m dating the girl I’m going to marry- as cliche as it sounds. This weekend made his intuition become a reality! And was one of the best days of my life!

Special Thanks

Chester Pink
Photographer