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People Are Loving This Bystander's Pure Reaction To A Woman Proposing To Her Girlfriend

Jessica Rodriguez told BuzzFeed News: "We hope this inspires LGBT people to not fear to express their love to one another."

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This is 25-year-old law student Jessica Rodriguez and her fiancé, Chelsea Miller, a 26-year-old full-time nanny and student. The two met on Tumblr, have been together for over four years, and now live in Chicago.

Rodriguez told BuzzFeed News after her grandmother passed away this year, it made her realise how short life is: "I just knew I had to hold on to love as much as I could since our days are counted. So I went and bought the ring."

She went all out for her proposal, which happened last weekend at the Art Institute of Chicago, because art plays a massive part in the couple's lives, she said: "We have traveled to various art museums in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. I once worked in an art gallery called the Wynne Home Arts Center and we even have a custom painting of our baby, Gatsby, a cavalier King Charles spaniel puppy."

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When her excited 22-year-old brother, Carlos Jair Rodriguez, shared a picture of the proposal on Twitter, it quickly went viral and gained over 265,400 likes and 85,870 retweets.

Rodriguez said that she did not notice the woman was actually sitting there or her reaction until she went over the photos. "I loved her reaction! Whoever she is, we are so thankful of her pure reaction. She made our moment even more special!" she said.

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Rodriquez's brother told BuzzFeed News: "I am just so happy that a positive LGBT photo went viral. It's not every day something like this has such [a] positive reaction to the general public."

He went on to say: "The sweet woman had such a beautiful reaction. It's absolutely amazing to see such love coming from a bystander."

Carlos said that Jessica isn't just his sister but also his best friend: "I'm just glad she's engaged to the love of her life and I couldn't be happier for her."

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Eduardo Sanchez Perry, a photographer from Chicago who took the picture, told BuzzFeed News: "I was actually really nervous when I was asked to take pictures of the proposal because it's not something that can be reshot, and I was really more focusing on Jessica and Chelsea... I'm glad the bystander photobombed the shot."

He added: "It's beautiful to see the love and support the two have received from family and friends and everyone on social media."

Victoria Sanusi is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Victoria Sanusi at victoria.sanusi@buzzfeed.com.

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