I (Josh) had met Ana for the very first time at her sister (and bridesmaid) Cristina’s wedding in 2011 to her husband Adam. When Serena and I had sat down to chat with Ana and Josh, we were excited over their love of video games (being gamers ourselves) and Ana’s infectious laugh and upbeat personality. We were so excited to witness their families come together for their fun-filled celebration!
Ana and Josh met while playing trivia at a Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, VA during Ana’s fourth year at the University of Virginia. After a year of dating, Josh realized Ana was “the one.” In keeping with their silly personalities, Josh planned a scavenger hunt proposal across the grounds of UVA. While Josh “took an exam,” Ana was given the first clue by her friend (and bridesmaid), Lori. The first clue led Ana to Josh’s nearby apartment, where his roommate (and groomsman), J.D., gave her the second clue. This led Ana to Josh’s fraternity house where their mutual friend, Ben passed along the third clue. The hunt led Ana to her sorority house where her friend Katie gave her the fourth and final clue. This clue took Ana to the Rotunda where Josh had been waiting all along.
At this point, Josh offered Ana a beer from a custom engraved mellow Mushroom glass (drink 39 different beers at Mellow Mushroom and receive a “beer club” mug that you can engrave however you want). At first, Ana thought the ring might be in the beer – but she soon realized the engraving on her mug stated “Ana, will you marry me?” Josh got down on one knee and brought out a beautiful diamond ring!
Ana and Josh currently reside in Florida, both working toward graduate degrees at the University of Miami.
Photo & Cinema: Josh & Serena | Photography: Love by Serena | Cinematography: Josh Gooden Cinema | Location: The Mill at Fine Creek | Beauty: Ave 42 | Catering: The Mill at Fine Creek | DJ: DJ Tobler | Florals: Mary Henry | Officiant: Jeremiah Dillon | Stationery: By Invitation Only