Jillian and Douglas

How We Met

Our story is not a traditional one, but exciting none the least. In the fall of 2008, Doug was attending Hofstra University and decided to pledge a fraternity called Delta Sigma Phi. While pledging this fraternity, Doug met my brother, Jonathan. It was not long before Jonathan and Doug become “brothers” and best friends. Fast forward seven years, Doug is invited to spend the weekend at my beach house in Lavalette, New Jersey. It was a weekend to celebrate Jasmine’s birthday, my brother’s wife who is also a Hofstra grad. It was the morning of June 27th, 2015. Doug pulled up to my beach house, ready to spend the weekend out on the water, celebrating Jasmine. I walked outside to tell Doug where to park, never have met him before. He looked at me, smiled, and we both knew. From that moment on, we were inseparable! We spent as much time possible as we could together. After a year and a half of a “long distance” relationship. We decided long weekends just weren’t enough! In January of 2017, Doug and I decided to move in together. I packed up my stuff and moved to “the island.” So Long Jersey!

Where to Propose in New York City

How He Asked

It is February 23rd, 2018. Doug booked a room in the city at the Dream Hotel. He told me we couldn’t stay at his parent’s apartment because the family was staying there and our bedroom would be occupied. I thought it was a little strange, but didn’t press it. We had dinner plans at my favorite restaurant, Porterhouse! Where we would be meeting our good friends, Tim and Catilin. Doug and I were running late, and I was worried we would miss our reservation. He told me not to worry, that Tim would be reserving our table. We checked in to the hotel and took the elevator to the second floor. He grabbed my bags and asked me to open the door. To my absolute surprise, I walked into a room beautifully filled with balloons, rose petals, and candles. Confused and nervous I said, “What is this Valentine’s day extended?” (yes I know this sentence does not make sense). Doug took my coat off and said, do you see the letters? I said WHAT LETTERS! Looking at the ceiling. He turned me to the couch where he had displayed lit up letters, that spelled out “Marry Me.” I INSTANTLY started crying, and pretty much blacked out! Doug then got on his knee, recited a beautiful poem that he memorized, and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes! And we still had plans to eat at Porterhouse! (yay), just the two of us, with a reserved window seat. It was the most beautiful proposal, I could not be happier!

Jillian and Douglas's Engagement in New York City

Special Thanks

Jillian Rothman