Clear Cut Couples: Ivan and Melyssa

Ivan and Melyssa met their senior year of college, and not because they wanted to, but because their professor assigned them to a group project together. They had to fill out a questionnaire that determined who they were supposed to be in a group with, and for some reason their answers led to each other. Ivan said, “Melyssa didn't like me at first, but because of long hours at school, we eventually formed a friendship that would soon turn into something more.”


They still can’t decide which "date" was their first date. Ivan asked Melyssa to "hangout" (which Melyssa says doesn't count as a date) in L.A. He took her to all his favorite spots that he grew up with. They started off at the Getty Villa, grabbed a bite at the Arts District, and went to the Griffith Observatory to view the night stars. They went to Manhattan beach and ended their night watching the waves under the pier. However, Melyssa formally thinks that the first date was when he asked her to check out an art exhibit while they were in Phoenix together. They took the train, shared their favorite music taste, and had their first kiss. AWW! Since then, they have been together for 4 years!


They have shared so many incredible memories over the years! They love traveling, it's what bonded them together. Whether it is a spontaneous trip to visit the White Sands in New Mexico (their favorite trip to date), exploring Indonesia, or just to their favorite spot in Joshua Tree, there is always something special about traveling and experiencing new places with each other. Just last year they were lucky enough to experience snow in Joshua Tree (which happens rarely) and instantly it became their favorite place. They got to be one with nature and wish on shooting stars!!


Joshua Tree is a special place for them ever since their first visit. They always end their night on the same rock - they love to sit and watch the sunset. What seemed to be just a typical day trip to the desert ended up being the most special moment - he proposed! Ivan said, “It was December 19th where we sat and enjoyed the sunset in their favorite spot, with my favorite person. We shared this moment with three of her closest friends and my brother which was an unexpected surprise for her!”


The proposal was a complete surprise and Ivan was trying his best to keep it from her! They got to work with The Clear Cut team together to choose her dream ring. He said, “She was so in love with her ring and even more so the moment I opened the box and asked her to marry me.” With all the things happening around them, they’re hoping that they can have a small ceremony and reception with their closest friends and family in the upcoming year (2021)! Congrats you two!