"I had a pretty good feeling that he was "the one" before we even started dating." "I tried to play it cool because I knew once I let myself fall for him, there was no getting up- I knew I would be head over heels for him forever (and I was right)!" Melanie's feelings for Josh were clear, sure and unwavering!
From the moment she noticed him in their high school chemistry class to a 3 a.m. car ride Taylor Swift jam session, Melanie's thoughts reaffirmed her commitment to only date with the intent to marry and she was "all but certain" her first boyfriend would be her "one and only." How right she was!
Six years of sharing a love for baseball/softball, prioritizing their health and well-being with CrossFit, backpacking with their dogs, traveling as well as tracking new, unique coffee shops on those travels are all ways Melanie and Josh have grown into more of who they seek to be as a couple. Their lifestyle allows them an opportunity to "understand each other's motivations" and they are more "able to support each other easily" in the pursuit of those goals.
So, when the time came for Josh to ask Melanie to be his wife, it was only fitting that the moments framing this day were well-planned and involved coffee. According to Melanie, the day was "my perfect Saturday morning" and started with a work out, cooking breakfast together, and a trip to the dog park. Plans were made for that evening to meet friends at a local brewery followed by Josh's company's Christmas party.
It was suggested by Josh to grab a cup of coffee because they were ready a bit ahead of time. Never one to pass up coffee, Melanie jumped at the suggestion and Josh took her to the first coffee shop they had gone to in Birmingham.
Following coffee, it was decided a nice walk through Railroad Park on the way to the brewery would be the way to go. Once in the park, Josh popped the question! The planner in Melanie was thrilled because Josh left no stone unturned and had arranged for their friends to join them for a night of celebrating after she said "yes".
Although the "yes" was in Birmingham, Alabama, the "I Dos" will take place in the couples' home state of California. With the hope that most of their closest family members and friends will be in attendance, Melanie and Josh will vow forever August 17, 2018 at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, California. A mix of industrial yet rustic feel with a slight vintage flare is the inspiration for their wedding day. The day Melanie's first boyfriend will finally be her husband!
Photographer- Alisha Crossley Photography