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Joy Proposal Story: Emily & Mike

by Allie Grampa

Emily and Mike met at Boston Stoker, a local coffee shop in Englewood, Ohio where Mike was a barista and Emily was a regular. At the drive-thru window, they exchanged much more than a tall dark roast coffee and $1.65. They shared stories, laughs, and longing glances. That’s where their love first began brewing! (Get it?)


Give us the details! When? Where? How?

On June 25, 2016, my best friend proposed to me — but it wasn’t as easy as he’d hoped!

Coming from a divorced family, I often bounce around from house to house when I’m in town, spending time with both sides of my family. That day, I spent the morning at my mom’s and the afternoon at my dad’s. Later, since it was a hot summer evening, I decided to head over to my grandma’s house nearby to take a dip in the pool.

On my way there, Mike called and asked me to meet him at Boston Stoker for coffee. I’m not a fan of iced coffee, so I wondered why on earth he would want to meet for coffee on such a hot day. I kindly declined and told him my mom and aunt were at my grandma’s house and I wanted to visit with them and swim.

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After swimming and chatting for a while, my mom and I went shopping at a local department store that was closing in a few weeks. A couple hours of shopping later and we were in my car, leaving the parking lot when I receive another call from Mike. He asked what I was doing and if I was alone; I said, “Of course not! I would never shop without mom while I’m in town!” He asked me if there was anything he might like at the store, and I told him it closed for the evening and we were leaving. After hanging up, my mom and I ran some errands and finally arrived at her house to relax.

I had just sat down on my bed and was scrolling through Facebook when Mike called me again. He said, “Hey, what are you doing?” I told him we just got home and I was relaxing. He said, “Come outside – I brought you a cup of coffee.” I remember thinking how strange it was that he kept trying to get me to have coffee with him! Nevertheless, I headed to the front door and stepped outside.

Our love gives us joy, and just as our love will last forever, so will the joy it provides us.

I was telling Mike about all the deals I got earlier that night at the close-out sale, and said I didn’t know if the corn hole boards we planned to take back to Indy with us would fit in his trunk. He said, “Well, let’s just check.” So he popped the trunk and, lo and behold, a chalkboard was propped up with the words, “Will you marry me?” written on it.

After five years (and chasing me around all day), Mike got down on one knee, took my hand and slid the ring on it. I was overwhelmed with excitement and of course said “Yes!”

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I didn’t find out until later that Mike was also bouncing around from house to house that day, asking my family for permission to marry me. In the morning, he met with my dad at Boston Stoker, and in the afternoon he met with my mom, step-dad and grandma. His plan was to propose on the Fourth of July, but my step-dad told him my family can’t keep secrets and that he better do it soon. So he decided he would do it at Boston Stoker, a place that meant so much to us. But I ruined that plan and other subsequent plans until he finally tracked me down around 10:30 p.m. Although it may not have been easy, it was sure worth the hassle and will be a day we’ll never forget!

What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?

My favorite experience has been spending time with Mike, dreaming up our perfect wedding and watching it come together. We’ve gone to wedding shows together, planned by campfire, met with vendors, snagged wedding freebies and documented our journey in a shared journal. It’s been an amazing experience so far!

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

“Sane” is a relative term! I, like many newly engaged women, quickly went into wedding-planning mode. Luckily, I had a fiancé who wanted to be equally involved in the planning process.

Our lives quickly became dominated by spreadsheets, emails and phone calls, which was overwhelming to say the least. But within the first three months of our engagement, we researched, met with and decided on nearly all of our vendors, which took most of the pressure off our wedding planning. Now that we have the “big stuff” figured out, we can spend the next several months planning the small details.

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

It’s really nice to have one single place to organize and display the details of our wedding for all of our guests to see – including engagement photos, day-of timeline, wedding party, etc. I’m looking forward to seeing what our guests post in the “Moments” section!


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

Our love gives us joy, and just as our love will last forever, so will the joy it provides us.

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