“Hey, do you want to be my lab partner?” he asked on the first day of Physics. “Who does he think he is?”, she thought and kindly told him she already had a lab partner. It was the first day of class the beginning of their sophomore year of college and the frustration of boys were no where near her radar. DJ took a seat directly behind her and throughout class continued to pester Jacqui. “Hey – check it out” he said and pointed to the tower he’d made out of the lab items they were using. She rolled her eyes and turned around – a bit annoyed that he wouldn’t leave her alone. She quickly exited the class when it ended only to hear yet another “Hey!!” coming from behind her. “Hey, can I get your number in case I need help on that assignment?” he asked. She was officially annoyed now. “Really? That’s how you decided to ask to get my number?” and walked away. Feeling a little bad about her reaction, she turned around to see DJ still there and walked back up to him and gave him her number… “ONLY for homework help.” The next day DJ called and asked her to his formal that weekend. She had to laugh because he clearly paid no attention to the limits on calling for homework help only. Reluctantly, she agreed – but that moment he picked her up in his big black truck, she started seeing him for who he really was… and she started to like him for it.
The relationship continued to grow and evolve. It was their senior year, and their last to go enjoy spring break so they planned a trip to Mexico. With a few friends they enjoyed their first day by the pool and then separated when it was time to get ready for dinner. “I forgot to leave my towel by the pool – go ahead and I’ll catch up in a bit” DJ told Jacqui. Not thinking much of it, she headed to the room and took her time getting ready. Later, DJ came in franticly asking why she wasn’t ready yet and coaxing her to hurry up. “What is the rush, we are on vacation. It’s not like anything is happening!” She put an extra pep in her step anyway and was finally ready to head to dinner when DJ announced he’d forgotten his shoes on the beach. As they finally got to the beach, Jacqui noticed their friend at the far end of the beach hanging out. “What’s he doing all the way down there?” she asked, and with that immediately spotted DJ’s sandals. Walking over to grab them, DJ shouted “Hey, look at that!” There in the sand someone had spelled out with seaweed “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” “What a cute way to propose to someone!” she thought and turned back to get the sandals. From behind her she heard “Jacqui Lizenby, will you marry me?” and as she turned she saw DJ on one knee with a diamond ring. She totally believed this was a prank and one of their friends would pop out and say “JUST KIDDING”, but no one did. “Will you?” he asked again anxiously. And she realized it was really happening and said “YES”.
The friend at the end of the beach had photographed the entire thing, so before you check out Jacqui & DJ’s preview of their engagement session, be sure to check out where it all began!!