Our story is a simple one. We met through friends during our junior year at Illinois State University. We went on our first date the day before Valentines Day (or Patchentines Day as some would call it) because Jess doesn't believe in celebrating Valentine's Day. From there, more hang-outs and dates occurred and on May 4, 2011, we decided to make it official. After 6.5 years, I made the move to propose at a neighborhood caroling party on December 22, 2017. I had Santa give Jess a gift and as she unwrapped it, I was already down on one knee ready to pop the question. She said yes and here we are today!