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January 16, 2022
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Laurie & Joshua

    Mr and Mrs
    Schedule

From Coast to Coast, I Love You the Most. Can’t wait to be Mr and Mrs.

Joshua Mills

and

Laurie Cooper

January 16, 2022

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Beers, Baseball and Beaches

Josh and I met in the most unusual of places…Pocono, Pennsylvania, at a work conference neither of us expected to be at. On the third night of the conference, the hotel bar had a few high-tops showing a baseball game and Josh sat down to watch. We learned that we both shared a passion for baseball and proceeded to spill over other common interests like sports and musicals. A few hours, Yuenglings, and White Zinfandels later, someone at the conference came up and said “You two must be in love”. Embarrassed of our instant and clearly obvious attraction, we both casually denied it, and the next day Josh flew back to San Diego and I drove home. We each knew there was more going on than just a casual happenstance however, so we met up for a first date in Chicago where Josh got tickets to Hamilton and a game at Wrigley field. As the Cubs demolished my hometown team, the sting of such a loss didn’t matter because I felt that I had finally met my best friend. From that moment we were in pretty deep. Over time, distance proved difficult so I planned a birthday trip to Seattle. We started to hear the term “Coronavirus”, but nonetheless decided we needed the trip. Almost immediately, the world began to shut down, and we rushed back to the girls. We gambled right, and were lucky enough to be quarantined together for the next 5 months. We began discussing ours and the girl’s future and it was....as his Grampy would say, “obvious” that forever was the only option. In summer 2020, Josh began privately calling a jeweler in Austin that I had fallen in love with during one of our previous trips. He then planned a last-minute trip to Virginia Beach disguised as McKinley’s birthday and after waiting for me to pose the girls in the perfect setting on the beach, he had Liberty take a photo of us. As I stood up afterwards and turned to brush the sand off, I saw him down on one knee with the most gorgeous ring I’ve ever seen in my life, and in-front of my girls he asked me to Marry Him!

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