Whitney was born and raised in small town Wisconsin. She studied at the University of Minnesota, majoring in graphic design, and when she couldn’t shake a childhood dream, moved to Boston after graduating. After six years in the city that will always be dear to her heart, it was time to head back to her roots and moved to Madison. Today, she is a graphic designer for a marketing agency and lives in Springfield, IL (thanks, Josh).
Joshua Suhonen was born in Walnut Creek, California – land of eternal sunshine, wine, and the good life. At about 3 months of age, his parents decided they hated the sun and moved to the land of igloos: Northern Ontario, Canada, where he spent his formative elementary school years planning his escape. There was much rejoicing when his family finally moved to Wisconsin, and Josh learned to love the Green Bay Packers, even if his welcome was marred by trying to pronounce “Favre.”
Josh grew up, acquired some friends, and figured he’d go to school forever. It turns out that’s not free, so he signed up for Medical School. Mostly because his friend Logan Gorges kept talking about it and Josh was pretty sure that was a solid gig. Turns out that was hard, so he decided on Radiology – where he could look at pictures all day.
Josh met Whitney and she was the best. He would like to point out that he met her before he knew he was going to Springfield, so he’s sorry that this isn’t strictly the coolest town ever, but he’s totally a catch too, so it makes up for it right?
Josh and Whitney met the way most kids do these days – responding to personalized ads on the mobile interwebs. They immediately had high hopes for their potential relationship and decided to meet on Friday the 13th. After discussing religion, politics, future plans, and having a very heated debate over House of Cards, they both knew this was headed somewhere good…
… and then Josh moved.
Josh moved into a tiny downstairs apartment that was previously occupied by what was most likely squirrels or something. This beauty was “Newly Renovated, heart of downtown Springfield!”.
Not. A. Chance. It was more like “Definitely washed the floors this year!!! Smack in the middle of ALL THE PARKING LOTS!!!” It was a hot selling point for a big move to Illinois.
So there was a year of late night phone calls, Josh working late all the time anyway, and both of them making the 1000 mile (Okay, not 1000, but, like, a BUNCH of miles though) drive as often as possible.
Josh and Whitney were finally reunited for good when Whitney moved to Springfield in August. There was a good 6 months of deciding that, yep, they could definitely do this for the long haul (Because everyone knows that nobody can act sane for 6 straight months if they’re totally cray-cray). So yeah, NOW THEY’RE GETTING MARRIED!!!