Two dogs and three years later, they were both plotting proposals to one another: First, Amanda surprised Elena with an intimate Lake Michigan proposal where their Great Dane, Wrigley, was the star of the show, as Amanda asked Elena to marry her with a ring attached to his collar.A few weeks later, their other dog, Rasta, a black Labrador retriever, took the spotlight in Elena’s proposal.Amanda walked into her and Elena’s Chicago home to find that Elena had laid out an elaborate dinner of all their favorite meals from the places they’d lived on the rooftop of their condo.At the end of the meal, Elena brought Rasta out with a veil on, positioned next to a sign that read, "Marry me," and proposed to Amanda, ring in hand.Follow @The Knot and #The Knot Dream Wedding on social media for real-time updates.When it came to dating in New York as a 30-something executive in private equity, Dan Rochkind had no problem snagging the city’s most beautiful women.The Knot Dream Wedding" data-blog-content="false" data-content-tags="["2fb3279c-0af2-455c-865a-233e513cb3e2"]" data-singular-terms="["The Knot Dream Wedding"]" data-content-hub-id="" data-content-strategy-type="editorial" data-content-series="" data-article-num="1" data-og-title="The Knot 2017 Dream Wedding Couple Is Elena Delle Donne and Amanda Clifton!" data-og-type="article" data-og-image="https://apis.xogrp.com/media-api/images/4e2d4771-2599-4313-a42c-30ae85647f13" data-og-description="Get excited for our favorite wedding of the year—The Knot Dream Wedding!
“I met some nice people, but realistically I went for the hottest girl you could find.” He spent the better part of his 30s going on up to three dates a week, courting 20-something blond models, but eventually realized that dating the prettiest young things had its drawbacks — he found them flighty, selfish and vapid.“Successful men who are in shape have the pickings when it comes to dating, [but] eventually they want a woman of substance.” Rochkind found that in Carly, 30, a lovely brunette who’s the vice president of her mother’s matchmaking company and a Syracuse University graduate. He loves that Carly isn’t like the swimsuit models he used to go for.“[She] is a softer beauty, someone you can take home and cuddle with, and she’s very elegant,” Rochkind says."[Jove's] just so down to earth, and I think the most important thing is being able to talk to him like he’s one of our friends, and he’s exactly that," Amanda says of their wedding planner."I love his style, and he’s done quite a few same-sex weddings, so we’re excited about that." Elena and Amanda met four years ago after being set up by a mutual friend.