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Joy Proposal Story: Kevin & Jamie

by Cali Pitchel

How did the two of you meet?

We met through a dating app called “Bumble”.

How long have you been together?

We’ve been together for 9 and a half months!

If you can start your life together with joy and continue to find joy in each day (TOGETHER), I promise you will have joy for a lifetime.

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

Kevin and I knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together just a few short weeks after meeting, but we really felt that we should go through the dating process before getting married, because (as second timers) we know marriage is hard and we wanted that full experience with each other. I knew it was coming. We’d designed a ring and it was in the works, but the when and how…that was a surprise! We had a long weekend planned in San Antonio, just the two of us, and our first trip away together without all four of our kids. I was SO sure it would happen that weekend, but when I finally got the nerve to ask Kevin if the ring was ready, he told me a story about how the ring creator’s wife had gone out of the country and passed away, and the designer hadn’t heard from him in over a month. I lost my first husband, so of course I was devastated for him and decided to drop the subject. I mean, that’s not a story that Kevin would ever make up, so I bought it. Hook, line and sinker.
I was speechless, teary-eyed, and then I dropped to my knees in front of him.
We got to our hotel in San Antonio and there was this beautiful courtyard outside of our room. We decided to explore the Riverwalk a bit, but detoured into the courtyard to have a look around. He turned to me and began telling me how much I mean to him, which honestly isn’t out of the norm for us, so it didn’t set any alarms off…until he said he couldn’t wait to spend the rest of his life with me and in my head I was like, “WAIT a minute. This isn’t…is it? This can’t be, but wait…” Then he got down on one knee, offered me the ring, and asked me to marry him. I was speechless, teary-eyed, and then I dropped to my knees in front of him, because… well, he’s my equal. I am no better than he is and I wanted him to feel that. Then I finally remembered to say yes and suddenly people started clapping behind us. We had no idea a small family was watching, so that was fun (and a little awkward). From Kevin’s point of view, he’d planned to find a small, secluded courtyard on the Riverwalk where he could ask me, but the one outside our room was just the perfect spot. He didn’t want to wait until later in the weekend, because he wanted us to be able to celebrate and spend the weekend together as an engaged couple!

What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?

As I said before, this is the second time for both of us. Our first weddings were both very traditional and personally, I didn’t plan a lot of mine and neither did he. We love that we’re doing this OUR way. Almost every decision we make is made together and it’s perfectly us. We want to have fun. We want to celebrate. We want to just BE together with our family and friends. To see that come together is just so insanely exciting!

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

GREAT question. Not only are we planning a wedding, we’re blending our families, building a house, selling a house, and moving all 6 of us (plus a great dane) into Kevin’s small, 3 bedroom home for a few months, until our build is ready. Sanity? We’re really not sure what that is anymore. 😉

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

I love all the little personal touches. It’s a really great website and I really hope our friends and family take the time to load their pictures from the wedding day. I love that it will forever capture the details.

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

Explore the website, read the blog, and HAVE FUN!!

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

Honestly, that’s exactly what I was going to say in my last response. Weddings are so wonderful (or should be), but weddings are a bit of a fairy tale. Joy, love, marriage…those are what last forever. Marriage isn’t easy. Marriage is HARD, but if you can start your life together with joy and continue to find joy in each day (TOGETHER), I promise you will have joy for a lifetime.

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