We met in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend of 2012 at Newport Bar & Grill in Lakeview. Michael was visiting from California on his “Love Like This” tour, a 17-city music tour throughout the US and Canada. Emily had watched Michael on The Bachelorette/Pad and was invited to see Michael’s concert in Chitown by some of her friends. Originally, she declined the invitation as she had made plans to go up to WI for her Dad’s surprise 60th birthday party instead. But, as fate would have it, her sister Clare asked her last-minute if they could leave for home the following day, which allowed for Emily to go to the show!
After meeting thousands of women in 16 other cities and finding himself uninterested in every single one of them, Michael saw Emily walk into Newport before his set, and their story began. After Michael gave Emily a shout out from the stage, Emily walked right up to Michael after the show and asked him to get drinks. It was a simple “YES!” for Michael.They spent the rest of the night talking, laughing, and dancing all over Chicago and ended up seeing each other later that same weekend before Michael left for Cali.
Once they were back in their respective cities, Michael and Emily decided that a long-distance relationship was not in their near-term future. Michael was leaving for Bachelor Pad 3 without cell phone or email access for a couple of weeks, and they had busy summer schedules which didn’t leave many open weekends for visits.
However, after Pad, Michael and Emily start talking via text, phone and skype and quickly realized they needed to see each other again to test this spark that hadn’t left since Memorial Day. So, Emily planned a trip to visit Michael 5 weeks after that first phone call. And a few days later, Michael decided that was too long to wait and booked a trip to come to Chicago in just 2 weeks!!! More than just a puppy love, they realized early on that something very special was starting.
Contrary to his genuine and honest nature, Michael told many, MANY lies leading up to the engagement weekend. And, with the help of her family, tricked Emily into going up to Wisconsin on January 26th, 2013 to her parents’ house for a “work dinner to honor her Dad’s record sales year”. Thinking Michael had plans that weekend to keep him in Cali, she was NOT expecting for Michael to be there when she arrived.
Emily and her sister, Clare, pulled into the driveway… and it all began. Michael tied the ring box to their dog, Rowhan’s, collar, sent her outside to greet Emily, and one by one after the whole family was mysteriously outside in the 28 degree weather to watch this special event, Michael walked out the door…
After lots of smiles, an adequate amount of tears, and several looks of confusion from Emily, Michael dropped to a knee and asked Emily to be his wife. Unfortunately, Emily was still SO happy to see Michael and SOO surprised, she couldn’t stop asking questions of her own: “How long are you staying?” “When do you leave?” “I’m so glad to see you!”… She didn’t even hear the big question!
Still on his knee, Michael reminded Emily… “You didn’t answer the question.”
And with her family gathered together, watching from a few feet away… SHE SAID YES!