LOVE IN THE BOI: Melinda + Jeff

I’ve known Melinda since 2017. She attended one of my Girls’ Night Out events, and we’ve been friends ever since. Her and her family opened their home to me during the holidays - we played a mean game of Wine-opology (honestly). This is their #LOVEINTHEBOI story…

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How did you all meet?

We met while cruising downtown Boise 24 years ago. I was a student at BSU and too young to go to the bars. He was in the Air Force and had just been stationed at Mountain Home. He had only been in Idaho for 3 days when we met. My friends and I pulled up behind this car full of guys, they waved and smiled, we all pulled over and talked. My friends liked his friends and we all started hanging out. We only saw each other for about 5 weeks until I went home for the summer. Then we had a year and half where we didn’t see each other until a twist of fate brought us back together. Now we’ve been married for 18 and half years and have two boys ages 10 and 14. 

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Describe your first dates

There wasn’t really a “first” date. It was a lot of hanging out with our groups of friends. We all went camping at CJ Strike two weekends after we met. That’s when we first kissed. 


What advice do you have for those looking for love in Boise?

Keep your eyes open because you never know where you will find the man of your dreams. He could be that random guy on the street. Just get out and do stuff with your friends - the right one will come along when you least expect it.


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What is your favorite place to go (or thing to do) together as a couple?

We like to go for hikes in the foothills or along the Greenbelt. With two kids we don’t get much time to do things as a couple but since our boys are older now we are enjoying trying new restaurants and bars in Boise.

Thank you Melinda and Jeff for sharing your #LOVEINTHEBOI story! Head over to @melwalt_essentials and @jeffwaltersphotography to learn more about this couple.