The internet is an incredible thing. Cammy and Josh found me online while looking for a wedding photographer, but we actually live only one black away from each other! They are an awesome couple and I was so happy to meet them!
We met in Central Park for their engagement session.
Cammy shares, “Josh and I met a few months after graduating college, at Ernst & Young in Washington, DC. I started in July, two weeks before he did, and was pretty shy and kept to myself. Once Josh started, he made me feel at ease – he was always friendly and easy to talk to. It wasn’t until a few months in that I began to realize we shared a similar silly quality. I don’t remember why, but we were given little blue stress toys shaped like people. Josh named his Jade, and I named mine Don Juan. As Jade and Don Juan embarked on a secret office romance, I began to look at Josh in a different light.
One evening that fall, I baked a pumpkin pie and Josh came over to my apartment to have some. There’s still some debate as to whether he invited himself over, or whether I invited him, but either way we had a great time getting to know each other better over pie, and the rest is pretty much history. Josh came over a few times afterward and he taught me the Superman dance by Soulja Boy, and watched America’s Next Top Model with me (his choice, I swear!). We went on our first official date on December 1st at Lauriol Plaza in DC. We were seated in the crappiest section of the restaurant, which was the first of a very common occurrence for us (I guess we don’t come off as the type of people you’d want to seat in the front of your restaurant for all to see).
We managed to keep our romance a secret from our other colleagues for (what I’d like to think was) two and a half years, until I left the company to move to New York in Spring of 2010. More realistically though, they had all figured it out by the time I left.
Josh has inspired me in a number of ways. He’s brought out an adventurous side of me that I never knew existed before we started dating. I love traveling to beautiful and interesting places with him (most recently Hawaii and Iceland – not on the same trip), and doing exhilarating activities like zip-lining and hiking into a dormant volcano. He also inspired me to start running, and helped me realize there’s actually a sport out there that I’m not terrible at! I also love trying new restaurants with Josh and can count on him to pick places we’ll both love. If not for him, I’d probably be eating at Red Lobster in Times Square on a weekly basis.
After Cammy wrote some information for my blog, Josh decided to add in some of this thoughts.
Josh’s shares, “Cammy’s entry covers our story pretty well with some exceptions:
1) Unlike us, Don Juan and Jade did not have a secret romance, and
2) I was raised too well to have invited myself over even for something as delicious as pumpkin pie.
But the biggest thing that she left out is that the inspiration in our relationship is something that goes both ways. Cammy constantly inspires me with her intelligence and her drive. She makes me want to be the best person I can be. If not for myself then for her. Over the years she’s been my best friend, making me smile and laugh and giving me the ‘real talk’ when I need to hear it. I really feel that we bring out the best in each other (although I may have brought out too much in her running abilities because she’s starting to beat me). Its been so much fun trying new things with Cammy, such as traveling to new locations and trying new foods, and I’m looking forward to having a lifetime to make new memories.”
Cammy adds, “Josh proposed in November of 2013, and his proposal involved three of my favorite things: (1) sushi, (2) Josh and (3) wine (the bottle of wine was made by Josh Cellars). We took our time picking the venue and date, but I’m very excited with the location of the place we landed on. We’re getting married on September 26th at Penthouse 808 in Long Island City. The restaurant overlooks the East River and Queensboro Bridge and has beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline.”
Happy engagement Cammy and Josh!