One Lucky Chicago Couple’s Engagement Went Viral Thanks To An Unexpected Star
This viral proposal is melting hearts.
Over the weekend, Jessica Rodriguez proposed to her girlfriend at The Art Institute of Chicago and the moment was obviously caught on camera. While any proposal is heart-warming, the real story here is about a reaction captured in one of the engagement photos. The viral tweet, uploaded by Jessica’s brother Carlos, has received more than 109,000 retweets and more than 342,000 likes.
Jessica Rodriguez and Chelsea Miller are brand new fiancées.
“I had been suspecting there may be a proposal in the works but I didn’t think it would be so soon! Jessica threw me off by telling me we were going to an event to support a friend at the art museum,” Chelsea Miller told mitú via email. “She also kept making comments about having to get finals done at school before planning something and talked about doing it after the holidays. She really wanted it to be a surprise, and that it was! It was even more special; all the thought and detail she put into the proposal to make it so sweet and meaningful to us, which means so much to me because I’m a big sentimental baby.”
Here’s the photo after Miller told Rodriguez yes.
The couple met on Tumblr in 2012 and maintained a long-distance thing for a while. Eventually, they broke things off since the distance was too much but after some time the two moved to Chicago together and the rest is history.
“I first met Jessica on Tumblr, a blogging website with a large LGBTQ+ community. I saw her page and thought she was pretty and seemed like an interesting person so I sent her a message which sparked conversation,” Miller explained to mitú. “We talked for a while on email, texts, soon phone calls, and then decided to meet. The first time I saw her in person was my first visit to Texas and when I walked through the airport to her I was SUPER nervous. I made it through security and saw her for the first time and I was already in love. I was still a little nervous until she gave me a hug and melted it all away! It was a very special day in my life.”
While the proposal was super sweet, this little lady’s reaction is what made everyone’s heart just melt.
We did not, unfortunately, notice her in the moment,” Miller told mitú because, well, obvi. “I totally would’ve given her a hug if I had! We were just so caught up in the moment, everything else was like a blur! We noticed later on when going through the photos, and it made the picture even more special to us!”
People instantly fell in love with the visibly excited woman witnessing the engagement.
@IamAsianBatgirl older ladies don't care who's getting married, they just want an awesome proposal story to tell their friends.
— Mo: Space Chicken (@Moreh_SC) December 18, 2016
The lucky couple had no idea that their engagement would mean so much to the world.
— VotaporLADIVAZA? (@ElyDolan) December 18, 2016
“I was (and still am) completely shocked,” Miller said to mitú about the reaction the tweet has received. “And a little overwhelmed, but in a good way. We weren’t trying to go viral and never expected anything like this to happen. We’re just two girls in love!”
They’re getting some serious love from all around the world.
congratulations to your family from ours in Canada. You touched our heart. We need more love in the world right now. pic.twitter.com/D6nvqBh1u6
— Ben West ? (@BenWest) December 20, 2016
“We’ve been getting messages from people all over saying things like “this gives me hope,” “restores my faith in humanity,” “inspires me to be myself,” and so much more,” Miller explained to mitú. “I think it is so important to get positive messages out there about the LGBTQ+ community and I’m happy I can be a part of one small, positive message for so many people. We all need more positive things to focus on.”
One Twitter user did take a moment to compliment the girls on their flawless shoe choices.
can we just talk about how their fashion sense is on point they both look flawless damn it
— ♡Kumi♡ (@happikuma) December 19, 2016