Melanie and Michel
How We Met
Both Michel & I, being the the music industry, know it’s a fact that we’re required to be in the recording studio for long hours & often times, that means we miss out on the simple day to day joys of living “normally”, such as dating & having a social life. Luckily, it was that exact hard work & time in the studio that allowed us our chance meeting. We ALMOST missed it. Michel was in Los Angeles on a writing trip away from his home in Berlin, Germany. My best friend & he happen to share a music publisher. She was set up on a writing session with him via the publisher & fortuitously invited me to join them to write. It so happened, the day before we were to work, poor Michel had been dumped by his ex-girlfriend who’d accompanied him on the trip. He nearly cancelled our session. I too was on the other side of a difficult breakup & wasn’t really in much of a mood to write. We both, however, pushed through our own “shit” to get to the writing session & the MOMENT we laid eyes on each other in my friend’s kitchen, it was an instant connection. He was holding an iced coffee & I gave him shit about being 5 minutes late. The song we wrote that day was AWESOME.
I’m not just saying that. It WAS. After the music-writing session with my friend, the 3 of us went out for sushi where I could finally get a good look at Michel. The first thing I noticed was his beautiful smile. I like teeth & he has some good ones. After many laughs, a fantastic meal & some serious heart to hearts (musicians love to get deep), we dropped him at his hotel & said goodbye. After that night, he left to go back to Germany & we stayed in touch, literally becoming best friends over FaceTime & texts. We didn’t see each other in person until I flew to Germany a few months down the line (on a total whim). I’m SO glad the physical part of our relationship didn’t begin until nearly 6 months after we met in person! The distance forced Michel & I to commit to each other & learn about each other in a very different & special way. We developed, in a sense, our OWN language & sense of humor that continues to keep me cWe’ve been laughing together for over a year and a half now.
How He Asked
Michel proposed to me in the very place he saw me for the first time: my best friend’s kitchen! My friend & her husband were SO in on the proposal too. For our 1 year anniversary, Michel had made reservations at that same sushi spot we’d gone to the night we met. I was so excited for sushi & a night of romance & sake. That morning, my best friend called me & “broke the news” that on the ‘glorious evening of my one year anniversary’, I had to trek to her house/studio for a conference call with the creative director for the TV show she & I write the music for as WELL as make changes on a song we’d written. I was annoyed, to say the least, but due to the time restraint of the reservations, I brought Michel with me. He waited patiently in the living room while I recorded some quick song-edits for the show. While I was recording these vocals, my fiancé-to-be (according to him) was PANICKING with excitement in the other room. I completed singing & I headed toward the sink for a glass of water; IN barrels Michel, with a wild look in his eye, hand buried in his coat pocket.
He moved me back toward the center of the kitchen, & stated, “There. RIGHT there. That is the exact place I saw you for the first time & it changed my life. Now, I want to change yours.” He got down on one knee, on the tile floor, pulled out a BIG black box from his jacket, opened it up & asked, “Will you marry me?”
The moment I covered my mouth (classic engagement pose) & nodded my head while repeating “YES!”, my best friend & her husband BURST in from the other room laughing, with cameras in hand, a bottle of champagne & a box of “I Love U” cupcakes from our favorite bakery. I was surprised, to say the least. Apparently, this had been in the works for a while. I couldn’t frickin’ believe my friend actually made me sing that day AND that there was no conference call at all, HA! Some friend she is. (She truly is amazing; she’s now my Matron of Honor).