The text came over Morgan’s phone… “Morgan… I like you.” She texted him back – “I like you too Bill, you’re like my best friend.” The sound of another text alerted her. “No… I really like you. As more than a friend.” She search for a response in her mind and frozen in her tracks she finally replied “Oh…” It was Bill saying this to her. Her friend from college that she studied with, hung out with, was just good friends with. She didn’t see him that way, but apparently he did. She gently let him know that she just didn’t share the same feelings, but was determined that they wouldn’t loose their friendship. And they didn’t.
They continued to talk everyday during that summer break. And she started noticing things. Like how every time he would text she was excited to hear from him. Like how he would make her laugh like no one else could, and if she was having a bad day – a text from Bill would be the only thing to make it better. And how out of all the people in the world, he was the one she wanted to spend her time with the most. Why hadn’t she considered dating him? He was her best friend, but isn’t that what the person you are dating and in love with becomes anyway? He told her that when she was ready to be his girlfriend he’d be waiting. 2 weeks later – the stayed best friends, but became boyfriend and girlfriend as well.
Having such a solid foundation, when Morgan decided to attend a different school all the way in Chicago – leaving Bill all the way in Miami, they both knew their relationship could handle the distance. On her birthday, Bill had let her know he wouldn’t be able to travel to celebrate with her. He bought her a massage to use on the morning of her birthday, and even though she was down about not seeing him she headed out to the spa. On the train ride home, she got a text from her roommate CJ to meet her at the beach afterwards. They could have a picnic and Morgan could look for her presents that she’d hidden in the rocks at the beach. When she arrived, CJ was no where to be found. She called her and asked where she was at, and CJ replied to look for her presents by the beach. On the rocks in the distance she saw a red rose, so she walked through the sand and picked up the rose. She recognized it as the same silk rose Bill had given to her on their first Valentine’s Day together. Behind it was a tupperware container with an iPod in it and a message that read “Read first then press play” She read the love note Bill had written – still trying to figure out how it had even gotten there. But when she put in the headphones and heard “Wedding Bell Blues” she knew what was about to happen! She looked all around for Bill and finally saw him in the distance, walking towards her on the beach. She ran towards him crying and right there he got down on one knee and proposed. And she said yes!
The couple are planning a wedding at Chandler Hill winery near Morgan’s hometown for September of 2013. Enjoy a few of the photos from their gorgeous Chicago engagement session!!!!
(The engagement location, and the rocks where Bill left the rose and iPod. Gutsy, that Bill.)Bound and determined to get a shot with the Chicago skyline, we made a couple parking violations and grabbed some shots right as the sky was at it’s most awesome. We walked away with some amazing shots and without a ticket. (even though it was close!)
Morgan and Bill – thank you for showing us some of your favorite Chicago spots and throwing caution to the wind to get some where we asked! We had a wonderful afternoon with two amazing people, and cannot wait until your wedding day!! XOXO