Jackson caught Sophie’s eye at a party when they were both undergrads at Northeastern. He was on the track team, which Sophie was into. After playing a little hard to get, they hit it off and started dating. Their first date was at Picco in the South End, where Jackson got to witness a girl out-eating him at pizza, beer, and ice cream.
This spring, Sophie’s dad was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. The whole family knew that his prognosis wasn’t hopeful. Her dad was very open about his daughter’s relationship, knowing that Jackson had wanted to propose and celebrate with family, but was waiting for the “right moment.” After her dad’s major surgery, Jackson realized that this was the moment. Sophie’s dad asked her to take a walk, which was crazy after only a week post-surgery, but she excitedly agreed. As they came across her favorite part of the trail, a little bubbling brook, she realized her whole family had walked ahead of her, and as she turned around, Jackson was on one knee. Her dad told her that nothing could have made him happier. He passed away in June knowing his daughter has an amazing, supportive partner for life – the greatest gift.
A few months later, it was time to plan their engagement session. Sophie and Jackson lived in Charlestown for most of their relationship, so they knew that was their special place. They met at the Bunker Hill Memorial and walked down the charmingly named Pleasant Street, and ended just in time for sunset at the Boston Navy Yard.
They’re getting married next year at the Popponesset Inn on Cape Cod, and are so excited to celebrate with their families and know that her dad is happy and at peace.