Jacob and Melanie

How We Met

Jacob and Melanie had their first date at a little bar in a northern neighborhood of Chicago. The connection was instant and the conversation flowed naturally. Melanie is from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and moved to Chicago six years ago. While she loved growing up in a small town (and you all will see why) she equally loves living in the big city of Chicago. Jacob grew up in the Atlanta, Georgia area and moved to Chicago about a year before meeting Mel. Jacob immediately proved that chivalry was not dead, and Mel was swept off her feet!

How He Asked

Jacob planned the engagement of Mel’s dreams, all without her knowing a thing. Every detail was thought of and it was perfect. Their one year anniversary started with a sailboat ride into Lake Michigan with gorgeous fall views of the Chicago skyline. Then, it was off to dinner at their restaurant, Nellcote.

Jacob and Melanie's Engagement in Nellcote

Wedding Proposal Ideas in Nellcote

Proposal Ideas Nellcote

Jacob's Proposal in Nellcote

The couple sat up on the balcony area of the restaurant and enjoyed a great dinner and bottle of wine. It was at the end of the meal that Jacob did a final toast to the last year and got down on one knee to ask Mel to marry him.

She, of course, said YES! And the entire restaurant cheered, a photographer captured the special moment and Mel’s best friend was there to witness it all.

Behind the scene details included Jacob hiring a photographer (the fabulous Crystal Artis), coordinated Mel’s best friend (Mehgan) to get the ring, take care of their dog and help him piece his plan together.

It was flawless and everything Mel could’ve dreamed her proposal to the man of her dreams would be. The now engaged couple spent the night at the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Chicago. They walked into a luxurious room with a huge bouquet of roses, chocolate covered strawberries and champagne to celebrate. It was truly the perfect evening.

Where to Propose in Nellcote

Special Thanks

Crystal Artis |
Photographer