Engagement: Jenn & Allie

From the couple: Jenn & Allie met during a World Ready Women retreat at their alma mater eight years ago. After the weekend, they promised to hang out again. They finally hung out when they discovered they were going to be RAs together. During the first day of RA training, they snuck away and went to Starbucks together. From then on, they were inseparable BFFs. They took a thousand trips together, got their noses pierced, ate lunch together everyday, and even stood together side by side for over 12 hours to touch Kanye’s hand at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Allie went off to grad school at Duquesne while Jenn finished her last year at Chatham, and they were both super excited when Jenn got into The New School. Jenn moved to NYC, went to school and worked at Squarespace– and they visited each other *almost* every weekend. Jenn spent her summers in Pittsburgh and after the second summer decided that she didn’t want to be away from her BFF anymore. Jenn officially moved in with Allie and her sisters, spent every weekend with Allie, and found an amazing Pittsburgh job. Allie went to Ghana and started her PhD. One morning, Allie woke up and realized that she wanted to spend every day for the rest of her life with Jenn. She let her know, and they went and got iced soy lattes and walked around the reservoir to talk about it. So they decided to get a cute little red Prius and officially move in together. They’ve lived happily ever after with their Boston terrier Tulip ever since.

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For the engagement, Allie decided to plan a surprise proposal in Amsterdam during their long-awaited European frolic fest. She secretly got in touch with one of Jenn’s friends on Instagram to figure out the best place and a photographer. She also asked all of Jenn’s family and friends to send postcards with what they love about Jenn written on them. The ring was in hand, all she had to do was get her plan together!

On the morning of August 13 (we take our #sundaysareforlovers very seriously!) we were already running late to, what Jenn thought, was a lesiuresly stroll through the park. After finally getting on a train into Amsterdam from our hotel, the train stalled. It was after 10 already, and Allie had arranged for them to meet the photographer there without Jenn knowing. She was freaking out. But she had a plan on the fly.

Allie asked Jenn if she’d like any reading material for sitting on the train. She pulled out the postcard from Jenn’s mom and dad. They both started to cry (sorry to the woman sitting across from us on the train who probably had no idea what was going on!). Allie handed postcards from Jenn’s nephews, brother, and sister-in-law. By the time Jenn finished reading them, the train had arrived at the stop near the park.

After Jenn nearly got hit by a moped, they arrived at Vondelpark. Allie covertly got the signal from photographer extraordinaire, Nicole Olwagen, and simultaneously while following Nicole and leading Jenn without revealing who Nicole was, she started to hand more postcards from Jenn’s family and friends. Jenn and Allie floated to the spot where Nicole lead them, and Allie got down on one knee to ask Jenn to marry her.

After saying yes, and hugging each other, Jenn whispered to Allie that she thought someone was photographing them, and Allie revealed that it was in fact part of the plan, PHEW! Nicole lead Jenn and Allie around for a fabulous photo shoot, and after they enjoyed the biggest Dutch pancakes ever.

They celebrated one week of being engaged with an ultimate #sundaysareforlovers in Paris doing some of their favorite things: breakfast in bed listening to Ella, strolling the streets, and a picnic at the Eiffel Tower park with Allie reading Jenn French love poems. Their wedding is planned for summer 2019, ten years after meeting at Chatham University.

Photos courtesy of Nicole Olwagen.

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Event Credits

Location: Vondelpark in Amsterdam // Photographer: Nicole Olwagen
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  1. Tracy Baton
    Posted Wed, Sep 06, 2017 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Love your story. Pittsburgh love Paris in so many ways!

  2. Mary J Parish
    Posted Wed, Sep 06, 2017 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous!! I love your story and both of you!!

  3. Arnold vandam
    Posted Wed, Sep 06, 2017 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    First of all the photographer captured the moments beautifully. And you both look like you were made for for each other I couldn’t be more happy for both of you .Love always mom and dad.

  4. Cathy Weaver
    Posted Wed, Sep 06, 2017 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    What a great story ! You both look so happy ❤️Here’s to a beautiful life together and a happily ever after .

  5. Terri Glueck
    Posted Wed, Sep 06, 2017 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Cried throughout the post. So happy for you both. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and romance. Allie sets a very high bar in that department.


  6. Anonymous
    Posted Thu, Sep 07, 2017 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to the both of you!! I started to cry with joy when reading your story. Big hugs and kisses from me..

    • Anonymous
      Posted Thu, Sep 07, 2017 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      This is Veronica..

  7. Anonymous
    Posted Thu, Sep 07, 2017 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Beautiful pictures congrats to the both of you

  8. Peggy
    Posted Thu, Sep 07, 2017 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful story about two beautiful people. I am so happy for both of you!!

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