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Joy Proposal Story: Bac & Pauline

by Cali Pitchel

Bac and Pauline lived in the same small dorm at University of California Irvine, but they never hung out or talked with each other. They had some mutual friends, but Bac was in a fraternity and Pauline wasn’t especially interested in frat guys. Fast forward 10 years. Bac saw Pauline on and “winked” at her. He looked familiar but Pauline couldn’t pinpoint from where.

Bac showed his college roommate her profile, and he recognized her right away. “Dude, that’s Pauline from the dorms!” After a few emails and texts back and forth, they decided to meet up for their first date at this restaurant called Animal in Los Angeles. It was a long date with a few celebrity sightings, and at the end of the date, Bac asked for a kiss. (Who does that anymore? A regular Casanova.) She said yes, and the rest is history.

Give us the details! When? Where? How?

We took a short trip to Iceland, and I had no idea he was going to propose. He didn’t get the ring in time, so the ring maker had to ship the ring to Denver (where we had our layover on our way to Iceland) to one of Bac’s friends, who drove 40 minutes to the airport to give Bac the ring! Bac told me his friend was dropping off a shirt for him—which I thought was very weird.


On our first night in Iceland on our Northern Lights excursion, we were able to fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights! Bac thought this was the perfect opportunity to propose (in pitch black of night in two feet of powder snow)! While Pauline went to grab her backup battery for her camera, Bac told Jason (one of the couples we met on the excursion) that he was going to propose. Jason was going to take some pics of Bac with the ring, but when Bac opened the box, he heard the ring hit the box and drop into the snow!

It means always being there for each other, making each other better people, and learning from each other. It means communicating, compromising, and loving.

When Pauline came back, she saw about six people looking for something in the snow, and Bac was standing still, not moving an inch. She asked what everyone was looking for and if she could help. Silence. She asked again and Bac said, “It was something for you.” That’s when Pauline knew what they were looking for and after a half hour of looking and sifting through the snow, a stranger finally yelled “Stop! Don’t move!” He swept some snow away and pulled out the ring! Bac was so relieved and he finally got down on one knee and proposed! Another stranger kindly filmed it and sent us the video. It’s definitely a memorable story.

What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding? Making decisions together and trying to make things unique.

How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning? We actually started planning early since our wedding will be in Northern California, so things haven’t been that crazy. Maybe our minds will change when the time gets closer!



What is your favorite part of using Joy for your wedding?

After researching numerous online free wedding websites, we loved the interface and look and feel of Joy. And the “Joy” was such a cute name too! The online RSVP option was also a big sell for us.


What piece of advice would you give couples to ensure that they use Joy to its fullest potential?

Take advantage of all the features the site has to offer. It creates a better experience for your guests and adds to the overall look and feel of your wedding. Customer service is also very helpful with any questions.

At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?

It means always being there for each other, making each other better people, and learning from each other. It means communicating, compromising, and loving. It means trying new things together, surprising each other, and doing things together that bring us Joy!



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