Melissa and Josh – May 24, 2014

Venue: West Hills Country Club

Photographer: Kevin Ferguson Photography

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

In honor of #tbt, I thought I throw it back to 2014, when my childhood neighbor married her best friend.

Melissa and I grew up together. My family purchased our home only a few months before her parents did, and from what we are told, it didn’t take very long for our families to become great friends. To this very day, our families are closer than ever, but we’ve grown from family friends, to just family.

Melissa is a year older than me, so we really did go through a lot together. Among many other things, we would ride our bikes up and down the driveway, play red light, green light in the back yard, and go to Gasho every year for our birthdays. I can’t even imagine how many embarrassing Polaroids we have from those visits. LOL! But the one ironic game that we used to play in the backyard was ‘wedding.’

Every now and then, my mom would trim the rose bushes, and when she cut off the buds that were falling apart, we would collect them, pull the petals off and throw them throughout the yard like a flower girl at a wedding. Better yet, between Melissa, my sister Caitlin and myself, we would all take turns being the bride by wearing my communion veil!…As I write this, I’m smiling, thinking about how much fun we used to have :) Years later, who would’ve thought I would actually have a hand in planning her dream wedding.

When Melissa and Josh first got engaged, we were still in the construction phase here at West Hills, so I didn’t really have much to show – other than a colored blueprint and some similar photos from The Grandview. But it didn’t take long for Melissa to fall in love. She knew that West Hills was the perfect place for their fairy tale, and boy was I (and still am) honored.

The wedding was a huge success, and even though the weather was touch and go for a while, Melissa’s mom watching over from above <3 had the sun shine down just in time for the ceremony.

 Fast forward almost two years later, on March 9, 2016 and Melissa and Josh welcome their son Logan Jon into the world! What a cutie!!!! :) Being so close to ORMC, I had the privilege of meeting this little guy the day after he was born.


Melissa and Josh – Congratulations!  Marriage is a beautiful time when two souls start to share one heart. Let your love for each other grow with every passing day, and may your new son add even more love and joy to your lives. Even two years later, I hope your wedding day was everything you dreamed of and more. I’m so happy that you two have found each other – you really are meant to be. As Melissa said when you first met, “He’s the peanut butter to my jelly! I’m fruity like jelly, and he’s s sticky like peanut butter.”  Love you both!

Hugs and Kisses,


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