Jasmine and Brandon
How We Met
Brandon and I actually met on a dating website. It’s funny because it was both of our first time using the site and both of our first date resulting from a dating website! We met at a tapas restaurant in River North (a neighborhood in Chicago) and had an instant chemistry. One month later, we were dating.
How He Asked
Brandon told me that we were going to the Shedd Aquarium on Christmas Eve because they had a special Christmas exhibit. I love Christmas and love anything holiday-themed around this time, so of course I acquiesced without many questions. The spectacular thing is that our first picture ever taken together as a couple was outside of the aquarium, at this perfect little nook that overlooks the entire Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan…it’s my favorite spot in the city…
As we approached that very spot, a young gentleman came up to us and asked if he could take our picture as part of an “architecture course project” he had at U of C. I said, “sure, of course, why not.” After he had taken our picture, he said he loved the photos, asked if we wanted to see them, and handed me his iPad.
It was then that a video entitled “Brandon and Jasmine, October 27, 2013” (the date we started dating) started playing…a collage of all of the pictures we’ve taken over the last 2.5 years. And then, the young gentleman began flawlessly singing our song, Sam Smith’s “Make It To Me”. As I instantly began to cry, he got down on one knee….