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Joy Proposal Story: Devin & Chris

by Kelsey Vickers
Joy Proposal Story: Devin & Chris

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For almost two years we had been living in Chicago while Chris was completing his master’s degree. At the point of the proposal, we were together for just over a year and a half. We were coming back to Cleveland for a long weekend, for me to see a concert with my mom. I knew he was getting ready to propose soon but I didn’t know how or when. After the concert, I called him and he told me to meet him and his friend at a park that has an amazing view of the skyline of Cleveland. When we got to the park, it was us, my mom, and his friend. My mom and his friend left soon after saying it was “getting late”. We started walking to the car, and he started talking about how much I mean to him and how much he loves me. Before I knew it, he was down on one knee at the spot where we first told each other we were falling in love with each other. I felt like I was out of my body and I wish time slowed down at that moment. He proposed with my grandmother’s ring, which is what I wanted. He got my parents blessing and my mom knew to give him the ring. He not only proposed with my grandmother’s ring but he used the ring box my dad used to propose to my mom, connecting the two most important women in my life. I am of course crying that I am engaged but also that I am wearing my grandmothers ring, which she was wearing when she passed away in front of me. I looked to my left and I saw someone getting out of a car, and it was my best friend! Who is a photographer! He got photos of the whole proposal!  We went back to his brother’s apartment where we were staying and he got my favorite flowers, wine, and ice cream! He knows me too well. The next day he arranged a luncheon party of both our families, including my brother and sister in law who drove in to help us celebrate. If that wasn’t all enough, he arranged a surprise party with all of our closest friends at the bar where we had our second date, where we really got to know each other. To say the least, he did an amazing job and surpassed any idea I have ever had about being proposed to. I had my private moments, moments with my family, and moments with my best friends. It was perfect!

What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?

I would say talking more and more about our futures and spending time with my mom. I am the youngest and the only girl, me getting married is really special for my parents!

How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning?

I don’t! I am a people pleaser, so I am very afraid I am going to hurt someone’s feelings or disappoint people. Chris is my rock! He brings me down to remind me that what they think, doesn’t matter. What matters is us!

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

How simple it is and how I am able to make it my own. We are getting married in a unique space and it’s just family at the ceremony, so I am able to share all of that information without having to mail six or seven forms and letters in the invitations.

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

Don’t think it has to be perfect the first time you make your website. You may continue to make edits and add things, and that is totally fine! We are always learning new things.

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

While the wedding is very important, it is only the beginning! All rom-coms end with one big wedding, and never talk about what’s next. While I am excited to get married, I actually think more about what comes next! Building our careers, buying our dream home, and having kids. I can’t wait to see Chris as a father and having our own family, our own joy!

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