She was a struggling songwriter, by her own account, moonlighting as a waitress at a local seafood restaurant.
He was a engineer by day, who had a side job as a music teacher (saxophone, piano).
They met quite by accident, and it was definitely not “love at first sight.”
“Josh was a bad tipper,” Allie said. “After all I’d done, running back and forth to serve all of his needs–and his friends too–he left only the barest of tips. Not even 10% of the check. Also, he spilled ketchup on me and didn’t apologize.”
“In my defense, I’d just gotten fired, and didn’t really want to go out at all, but it was my best friend’s birthday.” Josh replied, laughing. “And I didn’t notice the ketchup.”
That best friend would be Leon Char, not only the best man at Josh and Allie’s wedding, but the one who officially got them together in the first place.
By the strangest of coincidences, Leon’s cousin was Allie’s best friend, and when Allie needed a saxophonist for her newest single, Leon connected her with Josh.
“Josh sounded so friendly over the phone, and we set a date to meet up and talk about the project,” Allie said. “And then I walked into the coffeeshop and saw him sitting where we’d arranged and immediately turned around to walk back out.”
“Luckily, Leon saw her and waved her over,” Josh said,” Changing my life forever.”
“It didn’t take long for me to get over my bad first impression of Josh,” Allie admitted. “He was funny, and he understood what I wanted, music-wise. So I gave him the music and we arranged a time to get together and practice.”
One practice session turned into several more, and even after the EP was recorded, the two continued to meet, just to “jam” and share music tips.
After several months of this, Josh realized that Allie was becoming more than just an important friend and music buddy.
“Leon and my other friends were like, ‘Dude, you can’t let this one get away!’ And I totally agreed,” Josh said.
So on a windy autumn afternoon, Josh proposed marriage.
“I was stupefied,” Allie recalled. “I mean, we weren’t even officially dating!”
But Josh wanted Allie to be very clear that he was not the kind to play games or stretch out a long relationship, enjoying all the benefits without taking on the responsibilities, or leading a girl on. And Allie appreciated that.
“He didn’t exactly go on one knee that day in the park,” Allie said. “He just sat me down, kind of seriously, and said, ‘What would you say if I asked you to marry me one day?’
“I said I wasn’t sure, but it was a definite possibility. I just had a feeling that he really might be the one I’d end up with. I said ‘Let’s wait a while, and see. In the meantime, we can work on our album.'”
One year, and one completed album later, Josh officially asked Allie (this time on bended knee) to marry him, with the blessing of both his and her families, while they were on vacation in Turks & Caicos.
Eight months later, Josh and Allie were married on ____ in a simple beach ceremony. Allie wore an ethereal figure-hugging gown and Josh a purple tux (because purple is Allie’s favorite color) as they said “I do” under the setting sun. For the wedding processional, the special music, and the reception afterwards, Josh and Allie mixed their original songs with some of their favorites by other artists such as ____, ____, and ____.
Each guest got their own copy of the first album Allie and Josh created together.
“It was the perfect way to start our lives together,” Allie recalls. “Sharing our musical creations with our beloved friends and family, and promising to be each others’ best friends and partners for the rest of our lives.”
Allie and Josh are already hard at work on their next album, tentatively entitled: “A Musical Love Story.”