Love Stories: Whitney + Jackson

JW6A love of adventure brought these two together, ultimately leading to an unforgettable proposal overlooking the entire world. For Whitney Quiniones, 21, and Jackson Tolleson, 23, their upcoming wedding is only the beginning of their journey together through life. This is their love story.

How did you two meet?

W: One of my best friends set us up because her boyfriend played soccer with Jackson. I didn’t really know what to think when she told me to go on a date with him, but our first date set the bar high, and I quickly realized he was a true romantic.

J: We hung out one time, and after that we were inseparable. My first impression of Whitney was one I will never forget because it still stands today: I thought she was an amazing, beautiful, and caring person who I could not wait to see again.

What is your favorite thing to do together?

J: One our favorite things we do together is travel. If it’s a new place with new things to see, we are all about it.

W: If we could, our favorite thing to do together would be adopting a million dogs into our home.

What do you love most about each other?

W: I love every bit of him, but one thing that I appreciate is how he always strives to do his best and reach for the next step. I get a new idea from him just about every day.

J: I have two: The first one is that she make can make me laugh no matter what mood I am in. The second thing is her loving heart—she has so much love and cares for me and others in ways that I have never seen before.

JW1When did you realize you had met the one?

J: For me, it was when I discovered Whitney has the same mentality as I do: live life to the fullest. There has never been a dull moment, and she is always up for trying new things.

W: I knew that Jackson was the one the more and more we were around each other. He made me feel so special and genuinely accepted me for who I was. I am so lucky to know that the rest of our lives will be spent together.

Tell us about the proposal.

J: It all started when Whitney told me that she was going to Dubai, UAE to visit her Dad, who has a job over there. I always knew I wanted to do something big and crazy for her, and I knew this was my chance. I decided to fly there without her knowing and have her dad take her to the tallest building in the world, where I’d propose to her. Easy right? Wrong. It was the biggest secret I’ve ever kept!

W: Dad told me that he had tickets to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world; he knew that I was anxious to see it. We arrived and rode all of the way up. I started taking pictures of the scenery, and before I knew it, someone grabbed me on the shoulder. I turned around and it was Jackson!

J: I grabbed her hands, looked into her eyes, and told her how much I loved her. Then I got down one knee and asked her to be with me forever. People around us started clapping and cheering, and at that point I could finally take a deep breath.

What was your experience like shopping for the ring at Diamonds Direct?

J: It was so smooth and simple. I went in with a budget that I didn’t think was very much, and there were 12 to 15 rings within my price range that were all beautiful. They even gave me good advice on traveling with the ring.

W: I love the ring because it symbolizes our relationship and because it’s the one that he alone chose for me.

JW2What advice would you give to someone else about love?

J: You should be able to see “the one” as one of your best friends. You should be able to tell her anything that you would a best friend.

W: Be thankful for what your significant other does for you and never let the relationship become one-sided.

What are you most looking forward to about spending the rest of your lives together?

J: I’ll get to look into her big, beautiful brown eyes every day for the rest of my life and make more amazing memories with her.

W: I’m so excited to know that I am not only gaining a wonderful husband, but also a whole new family that I absolutely adore. I can’t wait for a lifetime of adventure and endless love.

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