2012 – The Year of Love

2012 – The Year of Love

Yes, I am a cheese ball, but this must be documented.

Match.com Pic

I was Matched to Tony on January 13, 2012. Our first date was January 22 at Starbucks on North Ave. and Wells which was just a block away from my apartment. The plan was to meet at Starbucks at 5:00pm, but Tony fell asleep and didn’t make it until 5:45pm. I was not very happy when I first saw him, and gave him a lot of attitude for being late. I even told him that it was getting late and I should probably go home. He’s lucky he was cute and funny otherwise I would definitely have left. He eventually talked me in to going to dinner at the Blue Line Lounge & Grill in Wicker Park. We hit it off immediately and deep down I knew there was something special about him.

1st pic

Less than a week after we met, Tony came to the F^3 Lake Half Marathon to cheer me on. That’s when he met some of my friends, Mom, Aunt and Uncle. It didn’t seem like things were moving too fast, it just felt right.


February 4, 2012 we went to Joe’s bar where Tony met my twin sister, step sister, and a few more friends.

Cupid's Dash Race

February 12, we ran our first race together,  North Shore Cupid’s Love Dash.

S + T

We celebrated a lot of events together. canoeing

I cheered him on at his Triathlon in Indiana.

S + T

We took a trip to Wisconsin Dells.


Went to many Cubs games with the family.


Our first wedding together.


We have a lot in common and being active outdoors is probably number one.


On July 13, 2012 Tony and I went to Kamehachi to celebrate my new job. After dinner we went to meet up with his friend at the taste of Chicago, but ended up in Millennium Park . Tony knows how much I love Chicago and being downtown so he suggested we go for a walk. We walked around the garden and that’s where Tony got down on one knee and proposed to me. He told me I made him a better person, that he loved me and my family, and a bunch of other things I don’t remember because it all happened so fast! It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments that I had pictured in my head a million times. It was best moment of my life.

He had a bicycle carriage waiting that took us around Chicago and eventually stopped at the Wit Hotel where Tony had a suite with flowers, music playing, and champagne to celebrate.


We celebrated on the rooftop of the Wit Hotel. The entire night was a dream and I felt like the luckiest girl on earth. It all happened so fast and I felt like I was floating. I wanted to scream from the rooftop and call everyone I knew, but really all I wanted to do was be with Tony.

Bank Account

We opened our first bank account together.

Engagement Photo

Had engagement photos taken x3!


Cheered on our favorite college football team.


And spent our first Christmas together.

This year was one of the most life changing, successful and memorable years of my life. I met my soul mate who I will be marrying on September 21, 2013! 🙂

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  1. Aww! I love loved loved this! What an amazing story, and it sounds cheesy, but you can SEE the love in your photos. So happy for you two!
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  2. Love this and love you!! Congrats, doll! You deserve every happiness. XOXO

    • Thank you, Melissa! I just read your post. It’s crazy we both signed up for multiple marathons in 2012 and didn’t complete them. I think it some how made us stronger. Hope you have a fabulous year! <3

  3. This is so sweet! 2013 is going to be a wonderful year for you two!!
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  4. What a sweet and cute love story 🙂 Aww….congrats to you too!

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