Give us the proposal details! When? Where? How?
Jarvis planned to propose while he and I were at my parent’s cabin, just the two of us for a weekend. It was my birthday weekend in June, but it was raining the whole day. Jarv said he wanted to go for a walk but it was absolutely pouring outside. I thought it was a bit weird but didn’t think too much of it. Finally, he said, let’s just go and so out into the rain we went. He wanted to walk down to the lake but there was a recent development that went in between our cabin and the lake so we’d have had to walk a large distance around. Not wanting to get too far away from the cabin (he’d arranged for his parents to follow us out and photograph the moment), he suggested we turn around and get some pictures in front of the lake. Then, standing out in the rain, he told me he loved me and that he’d continue to love me “more and more every day,” then he got down on one knee. He said many other beautiful things about how excited he was for our future together, but the moment was such a blur I can barely remember. Some onlookers thought it was a joke so they shouted, “Don’t do it!” and then “OH ####” when he pulled out the ring and they realized it was real. I cried, said yes, he cried, the people (now a crowd) cheered. His parents caught the moment on film (although they expected us to be down at the lake so the images are fuzzy from the long-distance lens), and left us a bottle of champagne. We decided not to tell anyone until we got home as we wanted to see their excitement in person and so we reveled in our little secret for the rest of the weekend. Needless to say, it was the best birthday ever.
What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?
Telling everyone we got engaged.
How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning?
I like to remind myself it’s about our marriage, not the wedding. Whenever I get overwhelmed I remind myself that at the end of the day, he and I will be husband and wife and that takes the weight off of everything.
What is your favorite part of using Joy for your wedding?
The ability to customize and add lots of photos!
What piece of advice would you give couples to ensure that they use Joy to its fullest potential?
Spend time exploring the features available to you!
At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?
When you take a step back and realize how much work and planning goes into a single day, it seems absurd! The details, stress, making sure everything is perfect. When I look back on the day, I know that the details will fade but the moments of pure joy and celebration of our love story will shine through.