Jessica and Jonathan
How We Met
Jon and I met at the birthday party of a mutual friend at Rutgers University in the fall of 2013. The party was for my former roommate, who is the girlfriend of his childhood best friend. We have many friends and common and its surprising that we didn’t cross paths before that night, however it worked out to be good timing for both of us, A week after we first met, we went on our first date to a double feature at a drive-in movie theatre. I was nervous and talked far too much, but it was wonderful. After a date party a month after we met, Jon walked me through the historic Olde Queens campus at Rutgers and asked me to be his girlfriend. We have been inseparable ever since.
(this is us, on the night he asked me to be his girlfriend)
How He Asked
At the end of June 2017, Jon and I were vacationing in Aruba with my family. He planned a romantic surprise dinner for me, but didn’t tell me anything about the dinner or what to expect. It isn’t unusual for him to surprise me with something like this, so I didn’t think much of it. We took a pre-arranged taxi from our hotel and even then, I didn’t know where we were going (Jon asked the taxi driver ahead of time not to mention our destination). Eventually, we were dropped off at a Marina and met by the captain of a sailboat, the Morning Star. I was immediately impressed and thought it was a particularly romantic setting and would be a great place to propose, but Jon had told me explicitly that he wouldn’t propose in Aruba (and I even checked his pants pockets to see if there was a ring box, which there wasn’t). On board, we were greeted by cocktails and delicious snacks. We were able to walk around the deck and lounge on the front deck while they sailed down the coast of Aruba. We even got to take the helm and sail ourselves for a little while (Jon is an accomplished sailor so the whole night was extra special). After an hour of sailing, they moored the boat along the coast and set up a white table-clothed dinner table with roses at our place settings. After a delicious appetizer and salad course, we took a break to take pictures around the boat as the sun was setting. As we were posing on the back of the boat, Jon took my hands and told me how wonderful it was to share his life with me. Then he pulled out a small Tiffany & Co. pouch out of his pocket and out of it, the most beautiful ring. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him; I said “absolutely”.
We sat down to the main course for dinner and enjoyed a surprise bottle of Veuve Clicquot that Jon had pre-ordered. When we returned to our hotel, my family had gathered together and decorated our room with balloons and we shared a toast with them. It was wonderful to have our private time on the boat, but celebrate with them afterwards. It turned out that they had all known for weeks that he was going to propose, yet I had been completely shocked in the moment. Jon and I live together and I am generally nosey and very hard to surprise— I’m STILL shocked that he was able to buy the ring, have it resized, and spend so much time planning and bring everything to Aruba without me ever catching on! (The captain & crew of The Morning Star had also been in on the surprise and made things go smoothly–including making sure that Jon didn’t miss the sunset to pop the question!) After the family had left and I went in our room, I saw one final surprise for the night. Jon had arranged three inflatable ring drink holders on the bed. Two of them had small scrolls of paper rolled up and tied with Tiffany ribbon while the center one had the Tiffany-blue ring box. The first scroll showed a picture of a shadow box Jon had put together at home with engagement and island-themed stickers and a space in the center to add a picture from this night. The second scroll was a picture of a 2004 Vintage bottle of Veuve Clicquot that we had brought back from a trip to the Veuve Clicqout cellars in Reims, France two years earlier. Jon had secretly given the bottle to my Aunt & Uncle two weeks before the trip so they could bring it down in their suitcases and have it ready for us in Aruba. Later in the week, we toasted our engagement with that bottle. It was a wonderful moment and a beautiful trip that I will never forget.