Jess and Tim

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How We Met

I met Tim for the first time in 2004 at a high school play. He went to the popular all boys school, and I went to the equivalent for girls. My best friend had known him through their sisters and approached him just to say a quick hello, with me by her side. Tim, however, was with another girl and didn’t want too much to do with us!

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Now flash forward to January of 2015. I’m swiping right on Tinder and who do I come across? Tim O’Reilly. Of course he didn’t remember that one random run-in a few years prior, but I did. Guess who was the first to say hi this time?! He tried to sweet talk me into giving him my number, and it worked.

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We talked all day, every day and it wasn’t long before he asked me out to dinner. I couldn’t resist and I’m glad I said yes. The night of our first date, he came to the door to meet my family (brownie points) and he whisked me away in his Audi, to which is said: “THIS is YOUR car??” I guess you could say I was impressed; by his gentlemanly gestures more than the car, duh. We had the best time at dinner, not even stopping our conversation to eat our meal, and we haven’t stopped since. Almost two years together and it’s been the best two years of our lives.

How He Asked

We both had the day off and had decided previously that we were going to spend our day off in Princeton, something we do often.

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The plan was to visit the campus of Princeton University, the location of one of our first dates, and then visit a nearby winery. Little did I know, Tim had a different plan in mind.

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We drove into the town of Princeton, parked, and got out of the car. I immediately wanted to eat. I was STARVING. Do you know what happens when you don’t feed your starving girlfriend? Nothing good. Tim insisted we take a walk around campus first so I agreed to follow. Of course I complained the entire time about how hungry I was so Tim finally agreed to take me to get food and directed me towards an exit that was close to a street. Instead of walking straight to the curb, he directed me towards the left on a quick detour past the archway between Buyers and Blair Halls. I had noticed a photographer to my left but didn’t think anything of it. I figured it was a student so I continued to follow Tim’s lead.

Tim is always full of fun facts so when he looked at me and said, “Did you know this building is 119 years old?” I just gave him a sassy “Okay?” and kept walking. It wasn’t until he stopped me and said, “Do you know where I want to be in 119 years?” that I completely froze. This was it. This was the moment I had been playing in my head over and over since I could remember, except it was more perfect than anything I could have ever dreamed of. In that moment I knew that my best friend was about to ask me to be his for the rest of his life. He proceeded to tell me how much I meant to him and how much he loved his “pretty lady” to the “moon and back” and I proceeded to stand there and say “I’m gonna throw up, I’m gonna throw up!” He laughed it off and ever so calmly got down on one knee saying, “Will you marry me?”

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Of course I said yes! I never could have imagined something more special and I wish I could relive the moment a million times. I couldn’t believe I was the girl he had chosen to spend the rest of his life with. Never in my life has someone made me feel so loved and secure. And now I have the honor of being his wife.

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Special Thanks

Bart
Photographer