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Since Kyle and I are both from California, we planned a trip back home to visit family over the Easter holiday. The day after we arrived, my sister suggested that the family head out to a pretty beach for a picnic. (Little did I know, she and Kyle had been in communication for weeks about how to pull off the perfect proposal…sneaky sneaky). Given that it was a beautiful California day, the sun was shining and there was hardly a cloud in the sky, I couldn’t turn down that idea. After driving through rolling green hills flanked with historic dairy farms, we arrived and pulled up to a little sand path. The path opened up to a beautiful sand dune beach, called Kehoe Beach. Together with my sister, her husband, and their three kids, we traversed the path and made it to the beach for a picnic. We ate lunch and chatted while watching the kids play. It was, for lack of a better term, perfect.
After lunch, Kyle suggested that we go for a walk and take a few pictures up on top a sand dune overlooking the beach. I obliged, even though I wasn’t too keen on getting up quite yet. As we started walking up the top of the hill, Kyle started to ask me questions about what our lives would look like in the future. Looking back at my sister’s family, Kyle asked, “Do you think we will be happy like that, with three kids and in love?” Without hesitation, I answered, “Without a doubt!” There’s never been a doubt in my mind that our lives were meant to be shared together. At the top of the hill, Kyle stopped and started to tell me how much he loves me. Before I knew it, Kyle was down on one knee asking, “Will you marry me?” Before he could even finish his sentence I hugged him so tightly that he almost fell over, leaving Kyle to say, “I take that as a yes!” For the next few moments, through tears and laughter, we held each other and told one another over and over again that we loved each other. It was so special that we got to celebrate with our family. My niece and nephews were adorable, asking questions like, “Are you married?” and squealing with excitement. I absolutely loved having my sister there to share this special moment with, and of course, she was sneaky and filmed the whole thing.
That night, my sister and Kyle coordinated for use to stay at Cavallo Point, with our 12-week old puppy. It’s a beautiful resort right next to the Golden Gate Bridge. After checking into our hotel we played out on the lawn with our pup and then joined my mom and sister for a celebratory dinner at the resort. After a lot of champagne and storytelling, Kyle and I walked down to the little beach on the bay and sat talking about our future together under the lights of the Golden Gate Bridge. The next morning, we woke up before the sun and took an Easter Sunday sunrise hike to the top of the Marin Headlands which overlooks San Francisco. After a few days of visiting with family in Northern California, we packed up the car and pup and took off on a road trip down the coast of California to celebrate with our family and friends in California for another week. Since we live so far away from some of the most important people in our lives, I couldn’t think of a better way to share this special chapter!
What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?
My favorite part of planning our wedding has been getting to share this experience with the important people in our lives, that would likely never get to meet otherwise. Knowing that my best friends, parents, and family members have all gotten to know each other throughout the planning process means the world to both Kyle and me.
How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning?
I am lucky to have the most supportive fiance who has been my decision maker when I get trigger shy during this process. I couldn’t do it without him!
What is your favorite part of using Joy for your wedding?
I absolutely love how interactive Joy is! The RSVP feature is so fun and easy to use, it’s great seeing the little notes guests share about how they know us.
What piece of advice would you give couples to ensure that they use Joy to its fullest potential?
Have fun with it! There are so many different features that really make your website pop and tell the story of the two of you.
At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?
A joyful life starts with being present in each moment and not letting the small stuff get in the way of experiencing joy together.