Lexi and Josh met at the University of Arizona, their alma mater. (Bear down!) Josh was in med school at the time, and Lexi was an undergrad. The day after Lexi’s 21st birthday, they happened to go to lunch with mutual friends and ended up sitting next to each other. Josh had stayed up all night studying, and Lexi had stayed up all night celebrating with friends. They both considered skipping out on lunch—but it’s a good thing they didn’t!
Give us the details! When? Where? How?
Josh had started OBGYN residency in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I had started working in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche in Seattle, Washington. We were doing long distance on opposite sides of the country, but we did our best to never go more than three months without seeing each other. On one particular trip, Josh orchestrated a surprise with one of my friends. They all went up to Kerry Park, a lookout point with a beautiful view of the Space Needle, downtown Seattle, and the bay. Lexi’s friend suggested they take a photo with the city in the background. While she was snapping photos, Josh got down on one knee! We celebrated with champagne at a nearby park.
What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?
The best part about wedding planning is starting with a vision, and working with amazing vendors to see your ideas come to fruition. It is a lot of work, but we’re excited because it will e one of the only days in our lives where everyone we love and cherish will be in the same room!
How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning?
To stay sane during wedding planning, we do everything in bursts. When we know we’ll have some down time with our jobs, we focus on knocking some things off of the wedding to do list. Then, we take a few weeks off. Having a longer engagement has allowed us to do things at our own pace and also give us a break when we need it. A good workout followed by a glass of wine also helps us to decompress.
What is your favorite part of using Joy for your wedding?
Joy makes putting together a wedding website so easy. It’s user friendly, and the functionality is great. You can include fun content, and your guests are able to easily scroll through your website without missing anything important.
What piece of advice would you give couples to ensure that they use Joy to its fullest potential?
To get the most out of Joy, I would use it to minimize work you’ll have to do elsewhere. As an example, Joy is a great replacement for a wedding details insert or RSVP card that you’d traditionally put in your invitation suite. You can use the schedule, FAQ, and RSVP features on the site to replace those costly paper inserts and envelopes in your invitation suite. This is a great way to save some money and maximize the website’s capabilities. Maybe it’s the accountant in me, but any way you can save money while planning your wedding is a win in my book!
At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?
To us, joy is all of those moments that collectively define our relationship and our lives. We have celebrated each other’s successes, comforted each other during the hard times, and we have used every experience as a stepping stone in our personal adventure. All of these adventures collectively bring joy to us. Although our wedding day will be one of the happiest days in our lives, it’s just one day. After it’s over, the joy we’ve created and felt together thus far will remain with us through the next chapter.