Mike + Leslea – married

Where did you meet?

I joined the VWS Race Team on a whim when I started cycling and met Mike on my 1st ever ride with the team. I was in more physical pain than I’d ever been in in my life riding with all those guys, so I don’t remember much of what we talked about, but I remember him there beside me, giving me advice on how to ride with the group, how to save energy. He has this really amazing quiet presence that is so calming. It immediately reminded me of my grandfather. I probably fell in love with him that moment!

What was your first date?

Hot chocolate and dessert at a local coffee shop.
Mike: He says that’s debatable because that was our initial “get-to-know-you” off the bike meeting and he decided to ask me on a real date to dinner after that. 🙂

Where did you get engaged?

Our first beach trip together to the Outer Banks this past June! He proposed on our last night there when we went walking on the beach. It was a perfect night with the moonlight, us, and a lot of crabs! We bought a big photo of a crab in honor of all the crabs present for our engagement.

Favorite thing about the South?

Sweet tea of course!

Ok, Mike’s from Canada so he’s not really into the sweet tea thing … But we do love going back to TN (where I’m from) because we love the people and it’s just beautiful there!

Favorite Past time?

Cycling of course! 🙂

My happiest place to be is riding along behind him! If we’re not at work or cycling, we’re usually cooking together

Early birds or night owls?

Early birds! Mike makes the best coffee ever btw.

Favorite part of a wedding day?

Our favorite part will be the next morning … when we finally get to wake up and have our coffee and toast with our official better half as husband and wife!

What are two of your favorite qualities about each other?

Mike: Unlike me, she wears her heart on her sleeve. I always know when I need to help turn her frown upside down. She’s always so thoughtful and puts others first. And she’s beautiful 🙂

Leslea: He is the most genuine, authentic person I know and he has the kindest heart. People think he’s quiet, but really he just takes everything in and is the best listener. Which is probably why he always knows what to say and when to say it and makes me feel special and loved every single day! Being with him brings out the best version of me. Oh – and he’s super handsome 🙂

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