Engagement Story: Jehan + Derrick

We were just STUNNED when we got this submission from Jehan Gordon with these gorgeous images from her engagement session.  The trendy couple was photographed by the amazing husband and wife duo, Jarod and Julia, of Schilling Photography.  Jehan and Derrick are such a striking pair, and through these images you can just see the divine love they have for each other.  Enjoy this love story of Jehan and Derrick...

29 year old Jehan Gordon, a state representative from Peoria, IL, is actually the first African-American to ever represent not only her district (92nd), but the entire Central Illinois.  She met her soul mate, Derrick Booth, at a basketball camp but didn't cross paths with him again until a year later at a Peoria Soul Fest.  Derrick, is currently the Head Basketball Coach and guidance counselor at the Illinois basketball powerhouse, Manual High School.

The Proposal:  While Jehan was in the midst of her re-election campaign, Derrick was making plans for the big proposal.  After getting the nod of approval from Jehan's dad and pastor, and with the help of two good friends, he set up a surprise engagement in the form of a romantic dinner and then a play...

Derrick recalls, "We sat at an outdoor table next to a beautiful waterfall with the sun shining down on us.  We enjoyed the best steaks and a glass of wine.  As we concluded dinner we had to leave the restaurant hastily in order to make our next stop on time.  About a mile down the road we had reservations to a wonderful cultural play, “The Hot Mikado”.  This was a magnificent play with good acting, excellent dancing and a great story line about true love.  This was an evening that Jehan and I both enjoyed and would remember forever."

After the play, Derrick took Jehan to a luxury suite filled with balloons, candles, rose petals and champagne.  Being that it was the night before her birthday, she had no idea what Derrick had in store...she just assumed the dinner, the play, and the beautifully decorated suite were all for her birthday.  Later on that night, Derrick got down on one knee to propose and Jehan screamed yes before even seeing the ring.

These outdoor shots in the snow are just adorable. They were taken in the Downtown Peoria Warehouse District. Loving the boots, Jehan!

Their glam shots were taken in Schilling Photography studios.

This shot is priceless.

Thanks Jehan and Derrick for sharing your love story.  Congrats on all of your accomplishments and good luck on your future campaigns.  And make sure you head over to Schilling Photography's website. There's lots of inspiring eyecandy there, you'll love it.

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  2. Latrice Cushenberry

    Such a beautiful couple & images are smokin haute!!!

  3. Marcus

    That’s good stuff!! Who put that scarf on you?

  4. Felicia van

    What a beautiful couple. They make me want to get married again

  5. Julia


  6. Kemi

    Love the boots

  7. Kirby

    What a beautiful and accomplished couple. I wish them much happiness and success.

  8. Parthenia Fayne

    Oh my goodness! This couple and these photos are beautiful, engaging and so much fun!!

  9. C

    Are you kidding me. Who wrote this narrative? What next?…doves circled the sky above them as sun beams glistened on their angelic faces? This chick is just as fake as her collegiate history.

  10. C

    Are we so desperate for a Black politician equipped with a “love story” that we’re willing to settle for this? As a Black woman I am truly embarrassed yet thankful I don’t live in Peoria.

    • Roger

      Why you embarassed cause she was arrested for shop lifting. Get over it. That makes a good politician these days.


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