Payton and Josh
How We Met
Josh is a well-dressed, karaoking/twerking, life of the party kind of guy. He’s from Phoenix, AZ, and attended the University of Arizona (BEAR DOWN) where he joined Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Upon graduation, Josh served as a Consultant and Director of Expansion at Pi Kappa Alpha’s Headquarters located in Memphis, TN.
Payton is a giggly, carrot-loving, overly-organized Southern gal. She grew up in Birmingham, AL, (ROLL TIDE) and went to Birmingham-Southern College where she pledged Chi Omega sorority. Payton traveled for Chi Omega as a National Consultant and then moved to Memphis, TN, in November 2014 to work as Chi Omega’s Director of Extension at the Executive Headquarters.
PIKE and CHI O’s headquarters are right across the street from each other in Memphis. Josh and Payton first (officially) met in December 2014 at a large fraternity/sorority conference in Nashville. After the conference and over the next several months, the PIKE and CHI O staff members all started hanging out together in Memphis. LONG STORY SHORT … Payton played hard to get over those two months and Josh was intrigued. They finally went on their first date on February 12, 2015. When there were sweet tarts in a brown paper bag waiting for Payton in the front seat of Josh’s car, Payton was hooked.
Since then, Josh and Payton have enjoyed many days of sarcasm and silly memories, lots of Chipotle + Molly’s meals, Chainsmoker + Imagine Dragon concerts, fun trips to Chattanooga + Vegas, traveling across the country for weddings and family events, and more. The two survived long-distance between Memphis and Atlanta from April – October 2017, and they are now settled down in Atlanta together. Josh + Payton are dedicated to their faith, family, and friends, and they cannot wait to become The Murphy’s on April 21st, 2018!
how they asked
It was a typical summer Saturday in Memphis, and I had a girls date planned with one of my best friends from college, Ellen. We had lunch, went to get our nails done, and were planning to go The Peabody rooftop for a sunset happy hour. When we got to the rooftop, I was in for the biggest surprise of my life … For some background context, I began dating the cutest and sweetest bald man in the world in February 2015! We have enjoyed many days of sarcasm and silly memories, lots of Chipotle + Molly’s meals, Chainsmoker + Imagine Dragon concerts, fun trips to Chattanooga + Vegas, traveling across the country for weddings and family events, and more. After dating for 2 years, we were excited to have serious conversations about moving forward and getting married. We decided that we wanted to eventually move to Atlanta closer to some family and settle down.
In April 2017, Josh moved to Atlanta while I stayed in Memphis to complete some final projects with my company. Now back to the rooftop in July 2017 … I was in total shock when I finally realized that a cleared out rooftop, a photographer in disguise, and a handsome bald man was all in place for me! Not only did the love of my life drive 6 hours from Atlanta to Memphis to ask me for forever with some sweet words … he had coordinated with almost my entire family + his mom over the past 2 months to be there and celebrate with us! We all went to dinner that night at Rendezvous (BBQ) and we celebrated with brunch the next morning at Majestic! CHEERS to the greatest accomplices and secret keepers ever, to the most loving family members and friends, and to my wonderful future husband for making 7.8.17 the best day of my life so far … NOW ON TO APRIL 21st, 2018!