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Joy Proposal Story: Elaine & Shawn

by Kelsey Vickers
Joy Proposal Story: Elaine & Shawn

How did the two of you meet?

We met online and had our first date three days later. Elaine and Shawn’s first date was the week before Christmas in Old Town Alexandria. Before going to dinner at Chart House, we walked around to see the Christmas lights. Elaine quickly began to regret wearing wedged boots, since Old Town has so many cobblestone streets and uneven brick sidewalks. But, she decided to use this oversight to her advantage and grabbed Shawn’s hand to help her balance. After admiring the gorgeous lights and enjoying a delicious meal on the waterfront followed by a few cocktails and endless conversations, we both knew we had found someone special.

Give us the proposal details! When? Where? How?

On a beautiful and unseasonably warm Saturday in February, Shawn set up a day date to go hiking at Sugarloaf Mountain, a hiking trail that we had not been to together. We both really enjoy hiking, especially since we can bring our dog, Zoey. Elaine assumed this was like every other hike, but Shawn knew it was going to be extra special. Shawn packed champagne and a really pretty ring. When Elaine started getting hangry, she requested to stop and have a snack. Shawn decided this was his moment. Shawn got down on one knee to get the “snacks” out of the backpack. When Shawn turned around, Elaine thought he would have a bag of almonds in his hand. To her surprise, it was a diamond ring. We hugged, kissed, took a few selfies, and let the precious moment soak in before Elaine chowed down on some almonds.

What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?

Working together to create one hell of a party! From the smallest details to choosing the perfect words to profess our love to each other, every step in the planning process has brought us that much closer together.

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

A lot of hugs and communication.

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

Being able to custom design and create our wedding website. Plus, it’s free!

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

Have fun with the website and use all available capabilities. This is your time to shine and share any and all information with your family and friends. Take advantage!

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

Our wedding is just the beginning of a celebration of two becoming one and finding joy in each other for a lifetime.

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