Give us the proposal details! When? Where? How?
Killian had surprised me with a birthday trip this year to Asheville, NC. I’ve always wanted to go there because I’ve heard so many good things about the city (good beer, good food, pretty architecture, Smokey Mountains). So he flew me out there the Thursday before my birthday. The day after I arrived, he decided to surprise me by taking me to the Biltmore Mansion. Being an architect, I’ve seen most of the Vanderbilt estates in Rhode Island but I’ve always wanted to go to see their largest estate in North Carolina. We woke up really early in the morning to beat the crowd and the predicted chance of “showers” in the forecast. When we arrived, he said we should probably do the gardens first so we can see it before it rains. Little did I know he also didn’t want a lot of people around us. As we were walking around, he was acting funny, almost on a quest to look for something. He found a section in the garden with a bench overlooking the walled gardens. He told me to sit down and close my eyes. When he told me to open them, he was down on one knee and asked me, “Will you marry me?” I immediately said, “Yes!”
What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?
Brainstorming with Killian every detail or decor we can create for the celebration space. We planned all of the big things but I’m more excited to start designing and constructing everything. We have a Joanna and Chip kind of relationship. Together, we come up with the greatest ideas.
How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning?
Going back and remembering what this big day will be for us! A huge family party with good food, good drinks and good music celebrating our love for each other.
What is your favorite part of using Joy for your wedding?
The layout and interface are very simple but beautiful. It’s such a creative way of displaying every detail while simultaneously displaying photos of us together.
What piece of advice would you give couples to ensure that they use Joy to its fullest potential?
I would definitely take turns with your fiance filling out the information. For instance, I had Killian fill out our story and he added his own way of telling our story.
At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?
Joy is knowing every day how blessed you are to have found someone you want to see the world with and make your mark in the world with. Knowing the love you feel for your partner has evolved since the first time you met and will continue to evolve, far past your wedding day is joy.