Give us the proposal details! When? Where? How?
A few months ago we were living in British Columbia and we were going on a canoeing camping trip. We drove out to find a spot on Kootenay Lake that someone had told us to check out, and after some difficulties, we managed to find somewhere to launch the boat. We parked, got all our stuff in the boat, and began to paddle. About halfway across the water we started to get rained on but it didn’t matter, it was still so stunning. Every way we looked we were surrounded by snow capped mountains, clouds passing quickly over their peaks, and a huge beautiful lake. We didn’t know exactly where we were going, but we pointed the boat straight across the lake and ended up arriving at a gorgeous little, secluded beach which we had all to ourselves. It was a damp night, but we built a fire, got cozy and roasted all kinds of snacks over the flames.
The next morning we woke up to find both of our sleeping pads had deflated, we had a pretty crummy sleep. With that, the rain, and the fact that we were technically parked in a “no overnight parking” spot, we decided to pack it up a day early after breakfast. I got another fire going while he made breakfast on the little camp stove and we sat by the fire, enjoying our coffee and breakfast as the clouds started to separate and the air started to get warmer. As I was looking for more wood to add to the fire, Josh started to tell me how he loves how capable and strong I am, how I make him want to be a better person, and how great we are together. I think at this point I knew exactly where he was going with this, but I wasn’t about to stop him. He then reached into his pocket and pulled out a beautiful little mountain shaped wooden box, and said, “Will you marry me?”
He opened the box, revealing a stunning vintage ring with a ruby in the middle, which he told me after, was my grandmother’s ring that he had changed to a ruby, and the original diamond from it is going to be added to her wedding band (talk about dreamy!). Oh, and I obviously said, “Yes!” We packed up our campsite and headed back to town to get tacos and tequila shots in celebration.
What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?
Looking at pictures of other magical weddings and getting all kinds of inspiration! Then, finding really unique ideas and following up on those ideas by finding estate sales and really good deals on little things that will take some time to collect.
How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning?
So far, with a year to go in the process, I haven’t been very stressed out yet. We found a venue so easily it seems too good to be true and we’ve already started collecting little things that will make our day very unique and special for us.
What is your favorite part of using Joy for your wedding?
I haven’t been to many weddings yet and I’m the first of my friends to get married. So, it’s really nice to have some of the little details in the planning part there for me like the schedule, travel details, and Q & A part was really helpful for understanding what kind of details are helpful for our guests!
What piece of advice would you give couples to ensure that they use Joy to its fullest potential?
I’m still pretty new but I’d say make sure to personalize the design of your site as much as possible and use things like the Q&A section. Get your site going in advance so you have a lot of time to play around with all of the features. Oh! And if you’re using a hashtag for your wedding, try to think of it really early on so you can use it as your URL too!
At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?
The wedding is only a party, the real thing we’re celebrating is our partnership. That’s where real joy is found!