Elle + Zach
Zach asked me to marry him in my hometown of Chicago on Labor Day Weekend 2019. We were meeting our friends that morning for a boat ride on Lake Michigan with a stunning view of the city. It’s one of our favorite places to visit! I truly thought nothing of it when Zach was frantically worried about being late as that was totally out of the ordinary. He was also very protective of his backpack because this was where he was hiding the ring, and when my parents dropped me off, they didn’t even hug me goodbye! I was like, “Dang, I guess I’ll see you at Thanksgiving!”
We got on the boat and started drinking mimosas. One of the crew members asked, “Do you guys care if we take pictures for our website?” With no hesitation I said yes with no idea that this was all planned. About 30 minutes in, the captain told us it was too windy to make it out to the Playpen. He asked if it was ok to anchor right there. When Zach asked me if I wanted to go around to the bow of the boat, I jumped up right away and climbed my way over to the front. I remember looking up to see the photographer and our friends taking pictures as I jokingly said “No paparazzi!” I even did the iconic Titanic pose because I clearly had no idea Zach was about to propose. I turned around and he was already on his knee with teary eyes. I was completely in shock. My jaw dropped and I can’t remember to this day what he said! All I remember saying was “Are you serious?!” He was even brave enough to take out the ring as the boat was rocking back and forth in the wind. I really couldn’t believe it. We popped even more champagne and celebrated all weekend long. My parents and family ended up surprising us at brunch after and we got to bar hop around Chicago the rest of the day. The next day, we went to Zach’s first Cubs game at Wrigley Field, an amazing steak dinner, and sang karaoke until 3am. It was truly the best weekend ever.
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