Mirissa and Josh met the summer after he graduated from high school. They were inseparable until the day he left for college, and have been together ever since.
Two days before their sixth anniversary, Josh suggested they take a walk. They decided to head over to Portland’s East End. “This is a normal spot for us on the weekends,” Mirissa says. The couple headed for the Promenade, and a few moments later Josh was down on his knee proposing.
The couple celebrated with Champagne overlooking the ocean as Josh told Mirissa the story behind the impromptu proposal. The jeweler had called him earlier that day to tell him that Mirissa’s ring had arrived. When Josh picked up the ring, he knew he couldn’t wait until their actual anniversary two days later to propose.
The couple, who are from and now live in Portland, decided to get married close to home. “Most of our family is still here, so it made sense,” Mirissa says. “We love the ocean and wanted to incorporate that into our wedding.” The couple started planning a wedding just north of Portland in Falmouth.
Two months before the big day, Josh severely injured his ankle and underwent surgery. The couple changed several aspects of their wedding day to accommodate his crutches. “I’d say the most unique part of our wedding was trying to dance with a husband on crutches!” Mirissa says. “It made our wedding, photos, and video quite memorable.”
On the wedding day, the guys got together for lunch while the girls got ready at Mirissa’s childhood home. “Josh says he was more nervous the day before the wedding than the day of,” Mirissa says. “I wasn’t nervous at all until the moment I stepped into the church doorway and everyone stood and looked at me. Queue the tears!”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about her big day. Here’s what Mirissa said…
I wish…I could have danced with everyone!
I didn’t realize…how weird it would be to say “husband” or “wife” for the first time.
One of my favorite moments was…the brief moment we were first alone as husband and wife. For us, we were walking out of our ceremony to the car to travel to the reception. In that moment your level of trust, your bond, and the strength of your relationship changes with those two words, “I do.” It’s so much more powerful than you dream your wedding will be.
I’m glad that…we chose some more traditional wedding aspects we didn’t think we originally wanted, like the introductions, first dances, and parent dances.
I really liked…how we kept our guest list under control. It allowed us to talk to everyone without feeling rushed to do so.
My advice to other couples is
…to invest in a videographer. It’s fun to catch little things you didn’t realize happened throughout the day.
Videographer: Lindsay Heald