Meredith and Josh
How We Met
I was photographing Hinterland Music Festival for my college magazine and Josh was working at the festival as he always does. Josh let me and another photographer backstage for an act to take photos, very quickly. We ran into each other later that night during the alt-J set and our connection was instant. One month later we went to another alt-J show and during my favorite song he “officially” asked me to be his girlfriend. Every year at Hinterland now we have an alert to meet at the exact spot we met originally at the exact time. Since then, we’ve traveled together many times and have been to many concerts!
How They Asked
My photography company is opening a second branch in Des Moines and we needed to take some headshots in the area. My boss suggested we take photos at the place where Hinterland is since that means so much to me. Josh drove us down there and we started taking headshots. My boss then posed me under the Hinterland Tree and told Josh to jump in for some photos. I put my hand on his chest and I felt it was racing, I asked why his heart was racing so much and he turned and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. My boss was taking photos and the whole time and little did I know her husband was hiding in the bushes also taking photos! After I said yes and we put the ring on, he told me he had engraved my Grandmother’s initials into the ring. She passed earlier this year along with my Grandfather and he knew how much I loved them. He told me her initials would always be an example to us as to what true love looks like, my grandparents were married for 71 years. We then popped a bottle of champagne and celebrated the night away.