Give us the proposal details! When? Where? How?
Proposing to Crystal was one of the most difficult tasks in all of human history! We had spoken about getting married since very early in the relationship. Crystal had two requests- make it a surprise and have friends and family present. These two items made for a nearly impossible mission. The first idea I had was to take Crystal on a backpacking trip that would end with our friends and family under the trees with lights strung up. When we moved to Texas that idea was quickly off the table. The next idea I had was to propose at the end of a movie at our new favorite theater, Alamo Drafthouse. About three minutes after I came up with the idea, Crystal showed me a video of the exact same event at the same theater- no more surprise there. With some advice from co-workers and Whitney, I formulated a plan to propose when we went to get our wine club shipment on a trip back to Santa Barbara. I had the whole day planned and told friends and family to arrive at 2pm, assuming we would arrive at 2:30 after everyone had arrived. Due to some earlier consumption, Crystal went in search of good Californian Mexican food which resulted in us arriving at the proposal site seconds after everyone else arrived. When Crystal recognized her father and everyone turned around, I’d like to think both requirements for the proposal were met.
What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?
The whole process has been very interesting and what we thought we wanted, has changed because of unexpected circumstances. We had our wedding planned for October of 2017 in Santa Barbara, CA but in July of that year, our wedding venue was affected by the fires in the area. The fire was called the Camp Whittier Fire and our venue was Camp Whittier. We postponed our wedding to a TBD date in 2018. We’ve recently decided to host the wedding where we live, in Austin, TX!
How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning?
I am a corporate event planner so there’s not much pressure that I haven’t already dealt with. But, when it gets really crazy I take a break for a few days and I drink a lot of wine.
What is your favorite part of using Joy for your wedding?
I love how user-friendly it is! It’s like a one-stop shop for our guests. I also love how it allows me to be very detailed. It’s all about the details!
What piece of advice would you give couples to ensure that they use Joy to its fullest potential?
Take your time, make it your own, and have fun while putting it together!
At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?
The wedding is a big party to celebrate our commitment and love. After it’s over, we have so many days to look forward to that will be full of love, laughter, and joy.