This is the story of Denise and Bobby. Bobby was a tall, strikingly handsome young man who had just relocated from California to Chicago where he accepted an offer as a partner at a private law firm. While Denise was a natural beauty who was born and raised right in the heart of the city of Chicago where she was a junior partner at a very prestigious law firm.
Denise and Bobby met at a Lawyers Convention in Aspen in 1997. Bobby walked into the lobby of the hotel and immediately noticed this petite 5’6 redheaded woman who was wearing a black and white hounds tooth wool coat and jeans. Bobby watched as the woman was greeted by the hotel manager; he noticed how she lit up the room when she smiled and the animated way she spoke with her hands. He was immediately intrigued and said to himself, “Who is this woman”?
Bobby waited patiently as the woman received her room key and as she turned to proceed to her room, Bobby reached out his hand to her and said, “Hi, my name is Bob and I just wanted to let you know that I was having a pretty trying day, and then I saw you , and your smile made me smile”. Denise smiled and blushed simultaneously and said “Oh, what a sweet thing for you to say”! Bobby walked Denise to the elevators and asked her if she would consider having dinner with him and she gladly accepted.
The Convention was 3 days and Denise and Bobby spent all of their free time either having dinner and a movie or simply sharing a glass of wine and talking until dawn. Their meeting came to an end and they exchanged telephone numbers and realized they lived 30 minutes away from each other and made a date for the night after they returned to Chicago.
In the months to following, Denise and Bobby became inseparable and spent every free moment learning about each other. It was now 12 months after they first met in Aspen and soon, things would never be the same.
Denise was working late one Friday night preparing for a brief on Monday morning when the receptionist rang her office and said she had a visitor. Denise knew she didn’t have any appointment that evening and asked the receptionist if she could ask the visitor what this was in reference to. The receptionist told Denise she’d call her back and they hung up. Only seconds later there was a knock at Denise’s door and she assumed it was her secretary, so she shouted “Please, come in the door is open”.
To Denise’s surprise instead of her secretary entering, there stood a young man dressed in a black suite with a cap. Denise responded, “May I help you”? The young man walked over to Denise’s desk and didn’t speak a word, but handed her a card. She took the card and opened it and it was a riddle of sorts that prompted her to go with this gentleman.
Denise smiled because she recognized the handwriting as Bobby’s, so she thought to herself that this must be Bobby’s romantic way of asking her out for the evening. She told the driver to give her a minute to gather her things and that she’d meet him in front of the building.
As she came out of the building she saw a rather large shiny black limo and as she walked closer the driver jumped out and opened the back door for her. Denise thought, “this is nice!” When the driver returned to the front of the limo, he pressed the intercom and said, “Miss there is champagne and a couple of movies if you’d like to just sit back and relax”. Denise responded, “Movies”? The driver said “Yes, you’ll have time to watch a movie, because we’ll be on the road for a little while”.
Denise was now intrigued, because she thought, “where are we dining that I’ll have an opportunity to watch an entire movie”? She decided to not spoil the moment by trying to overanalyze everything, so she just sat back and relaxed and popped in a movie. A little over an hour and a half had passed and the limo pulled into the circular drive way of what appeared to be a large mansion.
The driver got out and opened Denise’s door and said “we’re here miss”! Out walked a very distinguished older gentleman holding a dozen red roses in his hands. Denise introduced herself to the man and he handed her the red roses and led her inside the mansion. The man asked her to follow him when she realized that this was an exquisite bed and breakfast establishment.
The man told Denise that her room was on the top floor and as he opened the door, she was overwhelmed by what she saw. There was a large antique brass bed dressed with beautiful French silk and on the bed lay a beautiful white dress with shoes to match and a bag that contained toiletries. As she stood there in the middle of the floor she noticed that there was a huge bay window on the other side of the room that had a spectacular view of the water and yachts. It literally took her breathe away!
The distinguished gentleman informed Denise that she had one hour to prepare for dinner and that the car would meet her downstairs. Denise went into the bathroom to get ready and was greeted by elegant French and English design with beautifully appointed wallpaper covering and black and white marble on the floors and counters and the cherry wood lights were mounted within the mirrors dressed with raw slick shades. Denise thought she had seen it all, until she turned to her left and there stood a beautiful spa tub large enough for an entire family encased in marble with a lovely chandelier hanging over head; she couldn’t wait to indulge in a relaxing bath.
Denise had thoroughly enjoyed her bath and was putting the finishing touches of her makeup when she heard a knock at the door so she ran and opened it and it was Bobby. She grabbed him and gave him a kiss and said thank him for this special surprise. Bobby told her, he knew she was working really hard and just wanted to get her away from the office for a while.
Denise and Bobby went to a near by restaurant that was right on the water. The moon was bright and you see almost clear to heaven. They enjoyed wonderful conversation and a great meal. Again, Denise told Bobby how much she appreciated this wonderful surprise.
As they walked back to the B&B from dinner hand in hand, Bobby told Denise how much he loved her and thought she was a gift from God, Denise had to admit that she felt the same way about Bobby and they embraced and held each other for what seemed like an eternity.
Bobby walked Denise upstairs to the room and said he was having trouble unlocking the door because his hands were so large and the key was so small. Denise smiled and said, “let me get that for you sir”. As she opened the door she heard beautiful music playing and she saw at least a dozen white candles gleaming in the darkness, 24 white roses and a bottle of champagne sitting on the table in the sitting area and she thought “wow, this place really knows how to treat their guest”.
When she stepped all the way into the room, she turned and there was Bobby on his knees with a box in his hand. Denise was startled and said “what’s going on Bobby”. Bobby told Denise that he fell in love with her the first day he saw her as she stood in the lobby of that Aspen hotel and that he would be fortunate to have her as his wife, as his lover and as his partner for the rest of his life.
Denise was overwhelmed with emotions and fell down to her knees and embraced Bobby and responded “Yes, Bobby, I’ll be your wife”! Denise and Bobby got married just 3 months later and had a beautiful island wedding and now 10 years and 2 kids and 1 dog later they are happily married and living the abundant life that God intended.