Engaged: Jackie Ennis and Peter Obrecht
Highly competitive with a shared love for mini-golf, they quickly discovered how much fun it was to be together.
Obrecht and Ennis (handout art from the couple / August 20, 2012)
Her story: Jackie Ennis, 30, grew up in the Ruxton area. She is a recruiter for Ultimate Staffing and lives in Towson. Her father, Dr. Len Ennis, is a cardiologist at Good Samaritan Hospital. Her mother, Celia Ennis, is a community volunteer.
His story: Peter Obrecht, 29, grew up in Baltimore County. He is property manager for Obrecht Properties and lives in Towson. His father, George Obrecht, is a principal with Obrecht Properties. His mother, Suzanne Obrecht, is a community volunteer.
Their story: Jackie tells the story.
"We knew each other in high school. I went to Garrison [Forest School] and he went to [The] Boys' Latin [School of Maryland]. So, I saw him out socially a fair amount. But, he was a year younger, so I didn't give him the time of day. It was exactly two years ago that I went to a Ravens pre-season game with a friend of mine and I ran into a guy I went to college with who was also a friend of Peter's from Boys' Latin. He was with Peter. And we just started talking. I really had not seen him in years, probably since high school. And that was really it. We didn't exchange any numbers or anything. He did send me a message on Facebook. And we went out the next night. We went to Red Star. It was good. At that time, I lived in Canton and he lived right down the street at the Crescent. We met at his place first. We gave each other a very awkward hug and I thought, 'This is awful.' We went upstairs to his apartment...It was this beautiful boy apartment; the most pristine clean boy apartment I've ever seen...He had this Ravens vending machine and he asked me if I wanted a beer. He gives me this beer. I opened it and it exploded. Here I've been in this beautiful, pristine apartment for 15 minutes and I've already exploded beer everywhere, including on myself...He cleaned it up, and he's like, 'So, you want to go walk and get a beer somewhere else?'"
The couple had a great night catching up at the Red Star, and started seeing each other every weekend. But, Jackie says, it still felt more like just hanging out.
"It wasn't until about three weeks in," she says. "He picked me up and took me to the Milton Inn, and that's when I felt that we were really dating." .
Jackie says they each realized the relationship was serious on a specific day about two months into dating.
"[Peter] randomly said, 'Hey, do you want to go to the beach for the day?' He had spent his summers going with his family to Ocean City, New Jersey," she says. "[And he told me], 'if you leave really early, it takes under three hours to get there. We can lie on the beach and walk on the boardwalk.' He's a big miniature golf player, as am I. We're both highly competitive, and I did beat him. I think it was the first time we spent a lot of time together. We were standing on the boardwalk after the day was over and we were watching a wedding going on the beach. We sat there and watched it, and he held my hand. It was nice. Even on the car ride back, we were laughing and enjoying each other. We had spent a whole 24 hours together and hadn't wanted to kill each other. And I thought, I can do this."
"I definitely think it was Ocean City," he says. "It was nice that I got to share that [experience] with her."
The couple says their relationship just grew naturally.
"We have so much in common, it was really easy," Peter says. "The way things were going, I never thought of wanting to take a step back." .
"We both work out a lot," says Jackie. "I do my yoga thing and he goes to the gym a lot and we're both respectful of each other; that we need that time. We're both pretty neat. We're both into fitness and being healthy. We're both stubborn and competitive. It's fun."
The proposal, December 5, 2011: Peter and Jackie moved in together the summer of 2011. Peter says, even though they both knew that they would be getting married — sooner rather than later — Jackie agreed to let him decide when he would surprise her with the official proposal.
In the meantime, they had gone to Canton-based jewelry designer Dee Rosenberg.
"I wanted to make sure she had a ring that she actually really liked," Peter says.
Jackie picked out a round diamond, which would be framed by two smaller diamonds.
Peter says he had planned to propose when they went to her parents' vacation home in Florida in mid-December. But first he wanted to ask her parents' permission.