Joy Proposal Story: Erika & Taylor

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

    I come from a close family in Connecticut. Going to medical school in Alabama has been an adjustment but made me realize I wanted my family at my proposal more than anything! So on November 24, 2017, my family decided to come down to the Iron Bowl featuring Auburn vs. Alabama (WAR EAGLE). Taylor had made plans to go for a hike at Chewacla State Park the morning my family was supposed to arrive. As we drove to Chewacla, I remember texting my friend, Juliana, telling her that the proposal wasn’t going to happen this weekend. I was trying not to get my hopes up and Taylor was way too relaxed that morning for anything like this to be planned. As we arrived at the state park, we got out of his truck and I noticed he had one of his hands in his pocket. “Hmm,¬†interesting”, I thought. But, I refrained from saying anything for fear out of being wrong and feeling like a fool!¬†After all, it was November and it was a little cool out, especially for people used to the Alabama heat. As we hiked toward the waterfall we talked about the great times we had thus far together. With the waterfall behind us, Taylor got down on one knee and proposed!

    I said, “Yes!” immediately and he had celebratory champagne! With full hearts, we headed back to Taylor’s sister’s house and were greeted by his siblings, their children, and my parents, sister, and brother. That weekend we had and engagement theme tailgate and Auburn won the game! It was a great weekend and I am forever thankful for Taylor and especially my family who made the long trek to come down South to celebrate!

    What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?

    Picking out the vendors and planning with my mom.

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

    I honestly don’t feel any pressure of wedding planning. I’m in medical school, so after experiencing the stress that accompanies this, wedding planning was actually a nice escape. I planned everything in three weeks! I think it’s important not to go crazy with researching and taking forever to make decisions. As my mom always says, “What’s important is that you are getting married.” I think I’ve used that to be my wedding mantra and anytime I feel stressed about little details I remember that and it helps a ton.

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

    I like the breakdown and details of the website. It makes creating wedding websites easy!

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

    Have fun with it! Explore different options, share pictures and tell your story. It’s completely up to you!

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

    Although a wedding lasts a day, the joy two people share should last forever. It is a new beginning, a time to become one, follow Christ, and create a family.

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