Lauren and Joseph

How We Met

Joe and I met through my identical twin sister. They became friends and had classes together in college, I remember seeing him and thinking how cute he was! He started coming to my group fitness classes that I taught – mind you, he was the only guy in the class. Both of us have a passion for fitness. We competed in several bodybuilding competitions throughout our first couple years of dating. That was a true test of our relationship! It’s a stressful time competing, going to graduate school full time, and working. But we always were there for one another. We grew to become the best friends and spent any of our free time out in nature.

How He Asked

Hiking was one of our favorite things to do together while living in southern Illinois. We now live and work in the northern suburbs of Chicago, which of course doesn’t have much opportunity to hike. One morning, we decided to travel to the closest hiking location, Starved Rock.

Marriage Proposal Ideas in Starved Rock State Park

Lauren's Proposal in Starved Rock State Park

We invited my sister and her boyfriend as well as Joes best friend. We all left early so we would miss the large crowd of people. Once we reached one of the highest places on the hiking path, Joe turned to me and asked me to marry him. It was simple and we were surrounded by nature, which was more perfect than I could have imagined. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this man.

Special Thanks

Liz Worthey | 
Photographer
Dan Sprayne | 
Planning