Story by Liesel Schmidt | Photography by JGL Photography
Workplace romance isn’t all that uncommon, but how many people can say that their boss was in on the surprise proposal? It’s a unique situation, to be sure, but for dedicated BSN Sports employees Macie McBride and Josh Roberts, a work-related “new client meeting” with her boss was actually the perfect cover for Josh’s plan to pop the question, surprising her with a ring that he customized with the help of a few trusted advisors.
“Josh chose the center stone for my ring first,” Macie says of the 1.5 carat round cut diamond that now boasts center stage on her ring finger. “His mother helped him in that decision, and then he found the setting for it to be mounted in. My godchildren were a big influence in helping him pick the perfect setting.” Set in white and rose gold with 12 smaller round diamonds going down the sides, the ring is everything Macie could have dreamed of and more. “It’s perfect!”
Having grown up with the Smiley family, Josh had the advantage of knowing exactly where to go when he was ready to propose, confident that the excellence and quality of their pieces were everything his bride-to-be deserved. “Josh’s family has used McKenzie & Smiley Jewelers for all their jewelry needs for years, so it was a natural choice,” says Macie.
Both sports lovers and former coaches for various local teams, Macie and Josh’s connection was natural and deep, but their ties to sports is only one of the many things that unite them. The couple also shares a love of the water and hope to one day live on the lake; but for now, they’re finding their happy place at Hilton Head Island, where they’ll exchange their vows on July 27, 2019.