Jerred and Annie grew up in the same small town but did not meet until they were both living in Metro Detroit. J followed Annie on social media, and a surprise NYE visit from his dad and a few too many PB&Js pushed Jerred to ask Annie to dinner. J claims Annie “ran away from him for months” after their first date, but he was committed. Months into their relationship, COVID-19 left Annie and J with a lot of time to get to know each other through game nights, at-home dinner dates, and trips to the Metroparks. J and Annie got a puppy together to add some excitement to quarantine after finding out Banks had the same birthday as J. J, Annie, and the mutts moved to South Florida in September 2020 and love spending time at the beach, going to outdoor concerts, and trying new restaurants.
Annie and J spent months planning a two-week summer road trip from Florida to Montana. They planned to make stops in Jackson, MS; Dallas, TX; Colorado Springs, CO, Jackson WY, Grand Teton National Park; Victor, Idaho; Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky, MT; and Billings, MT. The day before they were set to arrive at Yellowstone, devastating flooding caused the park to close. Annie was so upset trying to course-correct their road trip. Little did she know J was panicking; he planned to propose in Yellowstone. On their way out of Idaho, the desk manager recommended they stop by Mesa Falls. When they arrived and saw the double rainbow over the falls, J remembered advice from a friend “Don’t rush it, and when the time is right, you’ll know.”.