OK.. OK… Billy might be setting the bar a little high for all you boyfriends out there. It sure doesn’t hurt things when you are employed by an NFL team to pull off a proposal like Billy did, but let’s back it up about 10 years. Maria and Billy both met while attending Crystal Lake South high school. Biology will always be a memorable class from their Sophomore year, because across from their lab tables, sparks started to fly. Having gotten to know Maria through the wedding planning process it is easy to why Billy loves her. Maria’s sweet personality, confidence, and caring nature radiate from within her. From their first high school dates through their college careers, their love blossomed – and after ten years, it was time for Billy to ask Maria to be his wife.
Maria shared with me her thoughts about Billy being an incredibly thoughtful and creative person – and by the proposal planning, I would agree ten times over. Billy’s career in television and video production has led to him to the amazing job of working for the front office of the beloved Tennessee Titans. When it came time for the proposal, Billy was able to do something spectacular and memorable for Maria.
On a warm fall evening, Billy convinced Maria to come with him to his office. The office being the home of the Titans, Nissan Stadium. Much to Maria’s surprise, there was a candlelit table complete with flowers and Maria’s favorite ice cream set up on the field at the 50 yard line. A video started to play on the jumbotron and Maria and Billy watched as memorable pictures of the last ten years of their lives together are begin displayed larger than life. Billy then got down on one knee and asked Maria to be his forever. After much excitement and happy tears, Maria and Billy’s Golden Retriever, Kozmo, runs onto the field with Maria’s parents following behind.
This is truly one of the most creative and once in a lifetime engagement stories that has been shared with me – I absolutely love it. What I love more is the kindness and deep love Maria and Billy share for each other, and that is how I know they truly have found something special.
We met up recently in their hometown of Crystal Lake to capture some engagement photos. Sure enough, their sweet pup Kozmo came along as well. We had so much fun getting to know each other better as well. Here are a few of my favorite captures of that day; I hope you enjoy.