Our mothers were best friends in high school and continued that friendship till this day. Anytime the Hills family would go back to Chicago to visit, our families would always get together. Ashley and I first met in 1986 on one of those trips (see Santa pic above).
On one trip when we were teenagers, the parents shunned the kids into the basement while they had a party upstairs. All of the kids were hanging out watching MTV, back when they played music videos, and watched Outkast’s “I’m Sorry Ms. Jackson” (WOO! I am for real) video every 15 minutes through the night. It was that night that I knew I had found someone I wanted to be with forever, and the first time we kissed.
As we grew up Ashley moved to Ireland, and I went to play baseball at Southern Illinois University, but we continued to remain close friends. In 2012, after Ashley moved back to Chicago, we had an Alumni weekend at Wrigley Field. We met up for one of the Cubs games over the weekend and it felt like we had never been apart.
At my sister Shauna’s wedding in 2019, we were sat together at the same table, next to each other (Good move Shauna/Frank!). It was that night that we decided to take our relationship to the next level.
A few weeks later, we went on a trip to Austin, TX for our first trip together, by ourselves for the first time. Within the first hour I asked to make our relationship official. We spent the next 9 months flying back and forth every couple weeks to see each other after that weekend. And had several amazing trips in between.
We were dating for 9 months when we were back in Chicago looking at wedding venues because we knew it was our next step. After talking with the wedding planner, I asked Ashley if she wanted to look at the back side of the lake to take a picture. She was hesitant, actually said no, but finally agreed to go outside, not knowing what was coming.
Once we got to the back of the lake, I presented a book of pictures from us growing up together. As she flipped through each page she realized what was happening (she cried, per usual). When she got to the last page, I dropped to a knee and proposed, and she said YES!
It was a great present for us just before Christmas and we were so excited to celebrate it with both of our families.
We are very excited to celebrate our love, our story and our Marriage with all of our friends and family in January!
- Adam and Ashley