Give us the proposal details! When? Where? How?
It was a complete and utter surprise, I had no idea that he had a ring and was planning on proposing. We had talked about the future in vague terms, but it was not something I thought he was ready to do. I was home in Montana for my parent’s 50th reunion near Glacier Park and he had told me he was going to go on a climbing trip in Utah. The last day I was in Montana (when he was supposed to be driving to Utah), I was driving back from a hike with my family when all of a sudden we passed Skander driving in the opposite direction. I was so confused thinking he was supposed to be in Utah.
We flipped around and he pulled over by Lake McDonald. I jumped out of the car in my hoodie, hiking pants, and ski hat. I was immediately super excited to see him but super confused. I kept asking, “What are you doing here?” and he said, “I got lost….” I noticed that he was really cleaned up nice with a new haircut and nice clothes. My family was all there but they kind of stayed back as we walked towards the lake. At this point, I was still really confused when all of a sudden he turned to me, dropped down on one knee and proposed. I was so shocked and surprised! It was super special because my family got to witness it and it turns out that only my parents knew he was going to do this (he had called them in advance to ask for their blessing). That night we celebrated our parent’s 50th reunion as well as our engagement. It’s a wonderfully magical memory!
What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?
Wedding dress shopping and watching everyone else get really excited about coming to our wedding.
How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning?
We went with a venue that provides wedding packages. It’s more expensive than doing it all yourself but definitely alleviates stress as we aren’t concerned with organizing a bunch of caterers. We also try to do little pieces of the planning every night or several times a week so we aren’t leaving it all to the last minute. Finally, I don’t hold my wedding to Pinterest standards. We are getting married in a beautiful place with wonderful friends, that’s good enough for me!
What is your favorite part of using Joy for your wedding?
The website layout and large images. We’ve gotten a lot of compliments from our guests on our beautiful website!
What piece of advice would you give couples to ensure that they use Joy to its fullest potential?
Have your partner be a co-administrator. We’ve found it’s really great to split it up between two people. We each took turns doing different sections so it’s less work for any one person.
At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?
Joy is enjoying the little moments, savoring quality time, being grateful, and doing what you love most in life.