Give us the proposal details! When? Where? How?
Dan proposed to Kassie on June 17, 2017, in Brooklyn Bridge Park. We took the ferry there from Jersey City for reservations at our favorite special occasion spot, the River Cafe, to “celebrate Kassie’s admission to the bar” the following week. Note the use of quotes! Unbeknownst to Kassie, Dan had picked this night to pop the question and had planned the whole night down to the last detail. His biggest challenge was getting Kassie out the door so that they would be on time! Near the water, against a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline, with tourists from around the world as his witness, Dan got down on one knee and asked Kassie to marry him. Of course, she said, “Yes!” Dan even got a professional photographer to document evidence. After a special dinner, we celebrated over beers nearby at the 1 Hotel’s pop up beer garden, but couldn’t sit around for too long because Dan had arranged for some of their closest friends to meet at Bowery Electric in the Lower East Side, Kassie’s favorite bar, to share the wonderful night with them as well. To top it all off, a bunch of friends stuck around the following day, and we all ate tacos at our favorite restaurant and went to the Mets game together, making it the absolute perfect weekend! (Except the Mets lost).
What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?
Dreaming of the details (I am glued to Pinterest now!). Also, sharing the planning experience with my friends and our moms. I have a few other close friends planning weddings at the same time and it has been so fun to go dress shopping and bounce ideas off of each other as we plan together.
How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning?
Wedding planning is crazy stressful, and we both have insane professional schedules that are not conducive to planning. So, we deliberately planned a long engagement to give us more time to pick venues and vendors, plan details, and save money. We are having a destination wedding so that decision really helped mitigate the pressure. I also highly leverage our moms, and they have been a huge help! Delegating whatever you can is key.
What is your favorite part of using Joy for your wedding?
I was drawn to Joy because of its beautiful, sleek, and highly personalized interface, which blows even some of the paid websites out of the water! There is so much that I want to share about our story in terms of words and photos. Joy makes that possible without looking clunky, cheap, or cheesy.
What piece of advice would you give couples to ensure that they use Joy to its fullest potential?
Definitely make a Joy account early to get a feel for what Joy offers, then build the website over time. Joy offers so many amazing features and creative freedom that it really makes you excited to want to spend time sharing your story and building your page. I was someone who got engaged and thought making a wedding website was cheesy and a chore, but Joy has totally changed my outlook on that!
At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?
Joy is remembering and cherishing how we felt in the moment, looking back on our wedding day with a huge smile.