Lauren and Matt

How We Met

We had dated in high school, back in 2007. We dated for about 6months and then he was the only boy who ever broke up with me (clearly he didn’t know we were destined to get married like I did). We went our separate ways, only for 8 years later in 2013 he poked me on Facebook, because that was the cool thing to do. It was a long poke war before I finally messaged him with one of those slanty stale faces, partly because I was frustrated he make me message him first. We got to talking and he wanted to know if he could take me to dinner in the city (Chicago). He asked me on April 1st, like really? I thought it was a cruel joke, but he was definitely not joking. My immediate response was yes. We went on our (second) first date and he talked the entire time. Im not sure I got a word out. Of course we really hit it off. He mentioned that he had checked my social media pages every now and then to see how I was doing. How sweet right! Since then we were inseparable. 2014-06-21 07.46.29

How He Asked

12.15.15 the love of my life asked me to marry him, we went to dinner, it ended with me asking if we were going home after – his response was yes. As we walked out he said he needed to grab his sweatshirt from his buddy’s car who was parked next to us. As he balled up the sweatshirt he grabbed my hand and started walking the opposite way of the car and told me he had a surprise. His reasoning for the surprise was because I had a bad day at work earlier. We came up to a horse carriage ride station @threejays was waiting for us to check in for our holiday light ride at 9pm. In Chicago there are holiday carriage rides and he always promised me we could go on one but we never had the chance while we lived there. We began the ride (the sweatshirt was stuffed in the corner of his side of the seat) and after some time the “lights went out” on the carriage and we had to stop. The driver asked us to step out and go check out lights while he fixed the carriage. There was conveniently a giant bridge brightly lit with Christmas lights. As I saw the candle light path, rose pedals and then the heart shape under the light I began to ugly cry before we even made it on the bridge. He brought me to the middle of the heart and got down on one knee and asked me to make him the happiest man in the world and marry him. Of course I was crying and could only muster up a nod (yes)!!! He had a hidden photographer who got some pretty amazing photos. PHOTOCRED: Pepper Yandell

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