Rachel and Jake
How We Met
We met in high school when we were both 15 years old. We started dating when we were 16 years old after being friends for awhile. We graduated high school and college together and have been together ever since! It has been about 6 years now since we began dating. This man is my best friend!
How He Asked
We took a trip to Italy as a Study Abroad Program from the University of Northern Iowa this past summer. We were there for 3 and a half weeks. Jake always told me that we would get engaged right before I graduated from graduate school. That would be about three years from now yet. He tricked me! One day, we traveled by boat and biking to a few beaches on Favignana Island. These beaches were gorgeous! Jake knew that I loved beaches so that is when he decided he would do it. We were hanging out on the beach and everyone in my group decided they wanted to take a group picture, so we got up. Jake asked me to take a picture with just us two at first so I agreed. We walked down to the water and took a picture together first. Then he asked to take a picture of JUST me. I thought that was weird but I went with it. He knelt down to take the picture of me, then showed me his phone to show me the picture he had taken. Well it wasn’t a picture of me, it was a picture of the words, “Marry Me.” I lost all language skills in that moment and just stood there silently and cried. He gave me a hug and I shook my head yes!!!