Love in the BOI

LOVE IN THE BOI: Jen + Brian

Meet Jen and Brian.

Their love story started on the first day of college at BSU. Their love continues to thrive and grow since day one.

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My husband and I met on the first day of college in the Chaffee Dorms at BSU.  He was from Spokane Washington and was in Boise to wrestle on scholarship, I was from the Seattle area and we started dating 6 months later—never looking back—and relocating to the Boise area.  Fun facts:  we have spent 24 Valentine’s Days together, we have 3 daughters, and we all train jiu-jitsu together.  Most fun fact:  Brian is fighting on the pro-card for Front Street Fights in Boise on February 1st after a 7 year retirement.  

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She wrote a story about the moment that sealed the deal for them to become more than friends.  It was featured in the Stonecrop Magazine at College of Western Idaho and it encompasses so much charm about Boise, and being kids and about loving the simple things about each other.  Here’s her story:

How We Became Us

I called him that night, Friday. The cold gray walls of my dorm were easy to resist, and when I asked him if he wanted to hang out, he did.

We hopped into his red Nissan pick-up, and over the radio, he asked me if I wanted to drive. I lurched and stalled it so many times that we traded seats. He may have laughed at me—yes, I am sure he did.

My lack of experience was a novelty.

We went up the hills overlooking the City of Trees. The air was cold and crisp, and lighted by Christmas. When we reached the top of the highest hill, the frosted, twinkling city so far below, we teetered there at the edge. Lying before us was some semblance of a road. Darkness on the backside of the hill swallowed up the Nissan’s narrow headlight beams.

"Let's go for it.”

He stepped on the gas and together we slipped down into the night and the mud, away from the city, from finals, cardboard pizza, stale coffee, and the quiet of an all-girls dorm. The engine called it quits when we plunged to a stop at the dark bottom of, what? We couldn't discern anything. The road was not a road at all, but a trap.  Other auto-victims had been here before.


Striking a flare and circling around, we spied underbrush for miles upon miles.  Deep scars of tire tread were etched into the ground around us.  An abandoned car.  A side view mirror, broken and half-buried. 

He fumbled with the winch, but sagebrush offers no leverage and when I pointed the flare to the ground, it licked my palm and singed my sleeve and I dropped it with a yelp.

We grasped shovels and flung mud until exhaustion formed blisters and then collapsed into the bed of his truck, tracing constellations in the sky and laughing at the mud smeared on our temples.  Giving in, we planned our escape route on foot. 

We were crushed by darkness and lost feeling in our toes but we were kids with no weight on our shoulders, and getting stranded in the hills was no big thing. Especially when it meant wearing a warm coat that smelled like him, holding hands, and catching the glint of that first-love spark.

But like I said, it was no big thing. Even when the tow truck gave up and the tractor said, "No way." To the tune of $400—all his measly college savings—the Nissan was set free by a CAT. Nothing M&W powdered donuts and orange juice couldn't fix.

What I recall most is that we drove up the hill as friends, and came down as a glimmer of something more. And three years later, on bended knee, a promise was made on the same nameless road. But this time, instead of foolishness, a proclamation of devotion and friendship.

And yes, love.

It’s been twenty-four years and I can say that I still like the way his jacket smells.

Thank you Jen & Brian for sharing your LOVE IN THE BOI story! You may follow them on Instagram at @jenwieber_writer and his is @thesemicolon

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LOVE IN THE BOI: Carlleen + Michael

Cupid did strike Carlleen and Michael when they first met on OK Cupid (dating app). From a first date watching football to enjoying exploring Boise together — this is Carlleen & Michael’s LOVE IN THE BOI story.

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How did you two meet?

We met on a dating app site (okcupid) back in 2014. What made Michael so special compared to any other guy that messaged me was his greeting was hey. No pickup lines, no commenting on my beauty or how tall I was. Just a simple hey. We messaged back and forth for a while, mainly about college math classes (I was good at math, he was not) but we also did the classic get to know each other topics too.

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Describe your first date.

Our first date was the Packer's/Seahawks game on September 4th, 2014. I asked him to watch the game with me. However, we met a few times before the date and Michael showed me around the Treasure Valley because I'm from Wisconsin. He never once made a move on me until he felt comfortable and so did I. Actually, Michael didn't make us official until 2 days after the Packer/Seahawks game. We were hanging out on the tailgate of his best friends truck and I was showing "interest" of him holding my hand. It took so long for Michael to actually hold my hand that his best friend said that if Michael didn't hold my hand that night (because I was showing all of the signs) that he would have kicked his butt and made him hold my hand.

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

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Act like tourists and see what sights the other person wants to show you! Michael showed me where he worked at, the schools he attend, and some of his hangout spots. Don't be afraid to date someone who's a normal human being! Michael and I are completely different people with different interests but sharing the love with someone you love is the best feeling ever.

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

If we are eating out at a restaurant/bar our go to for the Boise area is Quinn's on Vista. Our favorite things to do together would be fishing or taking a boat ride in my boat at the lakes around the area.

Go follow this couple at @carlleen13 & @wrxbumm 

Professional photos taken by: 7slottedadventures (  

LOVE IN THE BOI: Michelle + John

Michelle and John moved to Boise 2 years ago. Although they didn’t technically fall in love in the BOI, their love for Boise and their life here has only made their love more adventurous. Here’s their story.

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We are of course in love with each other, married 33 years, but we are also in love with Boise. We moved here 2 1/2 years ago as empty nesters from Ohio. Our kids had moved to Oregon and California and we wanted to be closer to them.

We love everything about Boise. Last year we got a tandem bike to take advantage of the greenbelt and to get out and explore around town. We use our Instagram @TandemBoise to share local businesses, nonprofits and the beauty of Boise. 

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Last year we participated in @BoiseGoatheadfest and dressed as a bride and groom for our costumes. People actually thought we were just married. A woman even gave me the flowers she just bought at farmers market. She must have felt sorry for me with my plastic bouquet. 

We met as sophomores in high school where we worked together at a fast food restaurant. I trained him on his first day. Our first date was dinner on my 16th birthday when I also got to meet his parents.

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Our favorite thing to do in Boise is hop on our tandem bike and explore. Our advice for those looking for love in Boise is to get out and mingle at the many events going on around town and getting involved in an activity such as volunteering for a nonprofit. We’ve met lots of new people by friends introducing us to their friends. There is something and someone for everyone here. 

Michelle’s advice on dating? She suggests a mix of spontaneous and planned activities. Look for new experiences to do together and also learn more about each other’s interests. Make some dates group dates by including friends or family to see more of each other’s personalities and how you both handle different situations.

Most importantly, be yourself.

2018 Boise Goathead Fest

2018 Boise Goathead Fest

LOVE IN THE BOI: Alyssa + Patrick

Meet Alyssa and Patrick. Alyssa was in Boise for a weekend to visit her sorority sisters. Little did she know she’d meet a home grown Idahoan at a local bar downtown. Learn more how her weekend in Boise led to her eventually relocating & starting a life with Patrick

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Alyssa + Patrick

My name is Alyssa, and my boyfriend Patrick and I have been dating for almost two years.

I’m a UI alum from Washington, and I was in town visiting a couple of my sorority sisters during St Patrick’s day. I met Patrick, a home grown Idaho guy that went to BSU and has lived in Boise his whole life, at bar downtown when we happened to be hanging out with mutual friends. I didn’t think much of it at the time. I thought he was just a fun guy and I continued to hang out with him throughout that weekend. I jokingly asked him to be my date to one of my good friends wedding that June (the next time I thought I would be in town) and he agreed.

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But after that weekend, we just kept talking. We ended up talking, calling, and FaceTiming every day.

I found myself visiting Boise many times and we decided we would give the long distance thing a try.

The following April (2018) I uprooted my life and moved down to Boise to start a life with Patrick.

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All of our friends and family say to us all the time how happy we look and that they are so happy for us to have found each other. And we couldn’t agree more. We often talk about how it was such a slim chance to have found each other but we are so glad we did - and grateful to have Boise be the backdrop to our love story.

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Meet Josh + Meg. Their love story all started with a Tweet. Keep reading to learn more:

How Did You First Meet?

My wife and I met in the summer of 2011 through twitter of all places. I’m originally from Kentucky. My wife was born and raised here in Boise. 

Her favorite musician at the time, LIGHTS, retweeted some silly tweet I had sent to her and Meg thought I was cute and funny (her words) and decided to follow me. I thought the same and followed her back. One thing led to another and we started talking, then video chatting, until finally I decided to finally fly out at meet her in person. 

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Describe Your First Date:

I guess you could say our first date was in the Boise airport where after months of wanting we finally got to share our first kiss. 

I spent a week here falling in love with her and Boise and as crazy as it sounded two the two of us we decided to give the long distance relationship thing a shot. 

Amazingly enough we made it work. I’d visit here. She’d visit there until finally I decided to take a leap of faith and uproot my entire life and move 2000 miles from my home, family, and friends in the spring of 2013. 

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I proposed to Meg after we saw the Avett Brothers at the Morrison Center in 2013 and we were married the following September. 

Then in 2016 we were blessed with the arrival of our son. None of this would had been possible if I hadn’t sent that stupid little tweet in 2011. 

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

My advice to anyone looking for love is never give up on yourself and be willing to listen to what your heart is telling you. Even if it tells you to do something really scary like move across the country. It might be this best thing you’ll ever do.  

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Thank you Josh for sharing your LOVE IN THE BOI STORY! Make sure to follow this couple on Instagram at : @josephdigger and @dearmathias

LOVE IN THE BOI: Ansley + David

Meet Ansley & David. They may have had class together, but it wasn’t until spending a week on a boat to lead to true love. Here’s their #LOVEINTHEBOI story.



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How Did You First Meet?

David and I met at BSU! I was in my last year of grad school and he was a senior in his undergrad program. One of my professors convinced him to take a particular grad level class and we ended up in Hyperbaric Physiology together. 16 weeks in the same class and we spoke to each other ONE TIME. But apparently he talked about me to his friends all semester. During this class we learned about how the body works and adapts in environments with high pressure like under water. We had the opportunity to become scuba certified which allowed us to spend a week on a boat in the Bahamas at the end of the semester. I think we connected because it was a very romantic set up, David thinks its because i was stranded on a boat in the middle of the ocean and couldn't escape him. (hahaha) We spent the 2015 NYE watching fireworks from the middle of the Caribbean and stayed up all night talking and falling in love. 

We couldn't love our story more.

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Describe Your First Date

Would you believe me if i said that NEITHER ONE OF US remember our first date? *face palm* Because honestly we don't remember anything...


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What Advice Do You Have For Someone Looking for Love in the BOI?

Advice for those looking for love in Boise: there are SO many romantic ways to fall in love. Maybe taking a class at BSU is a good start? All kidding aside, Boise is a picture perfect place to find a sweetheart. If being outside is your niche, don't give that up. Find yourself someone who is willing to try new things and no matter what the adventure is, they simply enjoy your company and learning more about who you are.

I was never an adrenaline junkie, but after marrying a pro jet ski racer, I found myself loving all things motors, fast, and dirty. I have found someone with completely different interests but we teach each other so much. We could be sitting on a bench at the park and have a blast. 

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Name Your Favorite Spots to Explore in Boise:

Our favorite place on the planet is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. After getting engaged at the top of the mountain, its hard not to have love for such a breathtaking spot. The plan is to retire there, but that seems like a pipe dream. Other than that, our second favorite place is wherever family is. And our families are all over the country so traveling is a regular thing for us. When we aren't traveling to see family or to a jet ski race, we are enjoying our Bogus passes or hanging out with friends or with our GSP's at the dog park. Boise is so perfect for us and we love our love for each other and this amazing city.

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Thank you Ansley and David for sharing your #LoveInTheBOI story! Make sure you follow them on Instagram: David: redinger3 and Ansley: anz_make_u_danz




You recognize Gail and Jan as frequent vendors at the Capital City Market. Or out & about at other community events showcasing their amazing hot sauce. Here is their #LOVEINTHEBOI story…

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We are Gail and Jan, more commonly known at Oma (ewe-ma) & Popie (paw-pee) @OmaAndPopies

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While living in the Magic Valley, Gail/Oma placed two personal ads in Boise (on Craigslist back when it was safe) with the thought that the distance would allow a safety net. After being nagged by staff that it was time to begin dating, Jan/Popie was shopping on Craigslist to furnish his bachelor pad and noticed it also had personals. Thinking to himself, there was nothing to lose he reviewed the ads and answered three, two of which were Gail/Oma’s.  Email communications for a few weeks soon led to phone conversations and an eventual first date.

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We decided to meet at a halfway point between Boise and Jerome for an hour, which wound up to be in Glenns Ferry at the winery for a glass of wine. There was an instant connection and the hour date turned into six with a meal, a walk on the golf course, a bottle of wine and coffees. The date only ended with an interruption in the form of a call from Jan’s son requesting a return because of the need for transportation in order to take the dog to the self-serve doggie bath.


The good … Jan looked incredible with his lean rocker build in tight jeans. 

 The bad … Jan was so nervous he couldn’t stop talking (or confessing) about everything

The awkward … hard to pick from the server asking Gail about being there a few weeks earlier with another man or Jan blurting out as he stood to go to the bathroom, I have a small bladder.

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As cliché as it sounds, you can’t be looking for love. We both had very full lives balancing our professional careers with single parenthood, so we weren’t interested in finding love or creating a blended family. What we both wanted was a friend of the opposite sex to hang out with once, maybe twice a month.

It was on the first date at the winery (ironically), that Jan confessed his love of dive bars, a good microbrew and great wings. At the time, Gail had a weekly date with her girlfriends that included wings at the local dive bar, the Oasis, in Twin Falls. Inviting Jan to come try the brews on 25 cent wing night was a given. At the time, we had no idea that his career would take us across the country and that our favorite thing would become checking out the local dive bars that served wings. But it did, along with seeing bucket list legends in concert. Like the Springsteen in Louisville, Eagles in Lexington, Tom Petty and Stones in Nashville, James Taylor in Chattanooga and Heart in Kansas City, etc.

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It was our favorite thing which lead us to creating our own wing sauce AND more importantly allowed us to return to home, to the BOI with our start up business. 

Thank you Gail and Jan for sharing your #LOVEINTHEBOI story! Make sure you follow Oma & Popies on Instagram at @omaandpopies.

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LOVE IN THE BOI: Cydnee + Lumuli

Distance did not stop Cydnee and Lumuli from falling in love. This is their #LOVEINTHEBOI story

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How did you two meet?

We met in Kenya in 1999 - we were just friends after my 7 week stay in Kenya and he was one of the students who joined us with the program I was with. We wrote snail mail for over three years and then he wrote me and said “Even though you’re the furthest, you’re the closest to my heart”. I mean - how in the world can a girl say no to that? We talked for the first time on the phone over three years after we’d first met. 

Describe Your First Date

First date? Well - that’s a bit difficult since we’d only spent time together on three separate occasions. But the first time I saw him after the initial trip to Kenya, I went to see him in England while he was working with students - while there, we walked to castles, met his friends and host family, toured London, read books, got to know each other - for 2 weeks! We planned for the next 3 week visit six months later in England again, and that’s when we got engaged!

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

   Don’t get stuck on the nuances and habits and ideologies of the person you’re dating. All of that stuff changes. Pay attention to the character - that usually stays the same and will show itself early on in the relationship.


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

We are homebodies. We feel blessed to live in a beautiful home with a comfortable bed and a hot tub right outside our bedroom. Give us some wine and Netflix and we’re good to go.

Thank you Cydnee and Lumuli for sharing your #LoveInTheBOI story with me. You can follow Cyndee at @ashkiphoto.

Love in the BOI: Taylor and Kyle

Happy February 1st! It’s also the start of the month of love. I do not hide the fact that I LOVE how couples met. I enjoy hearing your stories. And it’s also fun to kickoff the month with Taylor and Kyle. Here’s their story.

Meet Taylor and Kyle :

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How Did You Meet?

Kyle and I met because I was dating his roommate 

Describe Your First Date

Our first date is really the killer part of our story

At the time we met, I was studying to be a coroner. I truly looked the part. I had thick black glasses and long, straight black hair with bangs. I was fascinated with every process that accompanied death, from what people experience right before they die, to how bodies decompose or how they’re preserved, to traditions and ceremonies that bring peace to those who’ve lost someone. One of the classes I took during this time was called - fittingly - Death and Dying, and one of the assignments in the class was to attend a funeral and write about your experience. This wasn’t weird to me. I attended a handful of funerals. I would walk right up to the casket and visually examine the body, then I’d sit down in the back and soak up the emotion in the room, observing and learning from various forms of grief. Now, before you get the wrong idea, you should know that I was not technically a funeral crasher.

If a funeral is listed in the paper, it is a public event unless noted otherwise. Well, after his roommate and I broke up, Kyle asked me out. I said sure to dinner “…but…I’m going to a funeral that night too. Do you want to come?” To my shock, he said yes. Kyle showed up for our date in a buttoned-down shirt and a look on his face that said, “WTF am I doing?” We went to Summers Funeral Home in downtown Boise to attend a funeral for a WWII veteran who had died of natural causes. When we walked in, the widow looked at us and asked how we knew the deceased. Kyle froze. I piped up, “We saw his story in the paper and came to pay our respects.”

The widow’s eyes went wide, changing from shock to gratitude. She welcomed us! We ended up spending the evening with the family looking at photos and listening to stories. For them, it was therapeutic. They got to relive their memories and watch Kyle and I come to admire and adore their passed relative through the experiences they shared. After that first date, Kyle’s friends referred to me as “the death girl” and we have yet to encounter a couple who can beat our first date story. 

What Advice Do You Have For Those Looking for Love in Boise?

The advice I have for those looking for love is to go old school. I get it, Tinder is convenient, and Bumble is just a swipe away, but don’t overlook the opportunity that might be sitting right next to you at Barbarian Brewing, or hiking with their dog to Tablerock. Don’t be afraid to TALK to people. Just introduce yourself and start a conversation! It’s NOT. THAT. SCARY. The downside to mobile dating is that folks become too quick to dismiss someone because of a tiny “flaw”. They don’t have to go through the process of really uncovering layers and - though that process - learning to love them. I don’t believe in love at first sight, or love after the first date, or even love after a few months of dating. Love takes work and patience. People mess up! And people are weird! And that’s because they’re PEOPLE. Don’t #thankyounext someone just because they wear Keds. Slow down, stay organic and allow people to be human. Give serendipitous moments a chance and you never know what it’ll turn into. 

Where is Your Favorite Place to Go Together As a Couple?

We are a dinner-and-a-movie couple to the core. We love it! We get good food and conversation for the first part of the evening and then juusssstt when we start to bug each other, we’re forced to sit in silence at a movie and all’s well. We also really enjoy doing dumb things. One time we went to the gas station and spent $80 on scratch tickets and just scratched them in a Jack-In-The-Box. THAT’S LOVE, PEOPLE. Kyle and I have spent a lot of time apart in our marriage because of jobs and deployments. We’ve been married for eight years and more than half of that time we’ve been in different states or countries. Because of that, we’ve learned to communicate more effectively and show affection in new ways. And honestly, it’s made us appreciate that life doesn’t have to be full of extravagance. Small things as a couple and quiet shared moments mean just as much. 

You can head over to @tayloramazing and @crew_dawg & give them a follow. Thank you Taylor and Kyle for sharing your #LoveInTheBOI story!