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Joy Proposal Story: Karen & Calvin

by Cali Pitchel

How did the two of you meet?

We were introduced in 2009 at a club through mutual friends but we didn’t really get to know each other until a summer cottage event and Cuba trip that year. We quickly became friends but it stayed that way for quite a while. We both loved to try new things, we got along well and eventually became really close friends. At the time though, we were dating other people. It wasn’t until we were both single in 2015 that our relationship started to become more than just friends. After he confessed his feelings, I was still doubtful and hesitant on viewing him as more than a friend. Slowly, he prevailed my three rejections and we started dating. Just as we started, about 6 months into our fresh relationship, I moved away to Seattle for a new job. We decided to try a long distance relationship and travel to see each other every 2-3 months discovering new places!

Rosanna U

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

On the fourth and final day of the Machu Picchu Inca trek in Peru, I was getting a little anxious… thinking to myself “is he going to propose?”. He acted completely normal during the entire trip so I was doubtful if he was actually planning anything! We arrived at the sun gates to get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu. When we arrived, we broke off from our trekking group for free time alone to explore and I thought, “This has to be it!” I waited as we wandered and even sat under a tree… but nothing happened. We were then leaving Machu Picchu and I figured he didn’t intend to propose this trip… I woke up the next morning knowing we’re heading back to Machu Picchu and hiking the ‘Machu Picchu mountain’ but I tried not to think about a possible proposal to avoid disappointment. We climbed 1.5 hours of uneven steps to the summit for an aerial view of the ruins.
When I wasn’t expecting it… on top of Machu Picchu, with one of the most breathtaking sceneries I’ve ever seen, he proposed.
When we reached the top, the sun was shining and the fog lifted to reveal a spectacular view of the mountains. After taking photos, resting and eating snacks, our friends headed back down and Chi was getting anxious to pop the question. Chi told me to face the mountain to take a photo looking out to the mountains. So I posed facing outwards with no expectations. I turned around and thought I saw Chi tying his shoe lace… I had to do a double take. YES! He was in fact, on one knee with a ring in his hand and nervously asking me to marry him. I smiled and laughed hysterically before saying “Yes”. It happened so fast… but it was magical and perfect. When I expected it, it didn’t happen and when I wasn’t expecting it… on top of Machu Picchu, with one of the most breathtaking sceneries I’ve ever seen, he proposed.  I’m so thankful for that!

Rosanna U

What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?

Dress shopping!

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

I’ve got 1.5 years to plan,  so that’s been helpful!

Rosanna U

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

It’s really nicely designed and quick to customize, plus the fun companion app!

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

You can customize the CSS!

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

The wedding is just one day but the memories will be forever cherished!

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