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Joy Proposal Story: Maria & Luke

by Cali Pitchel

How did the two of you meet?

If your mom ever tells you, “You’ll never meet a good guy at a bar,” don’t listen. In June of 2015, I randomly ended up in a Midtown East bar with some girlfriends. It was one of those nights that was supposed to be “just one drink.” Before I knew it, I throwing back PBRs and playing skee ball in Brother Jimmy’s.

The three margaritas in me decided to text my ex (we were still friends) and invite him to come hang. Worst decision ever? Just wait. He asked if he could bring a friend. Sure! I love people! The two showed up and I thought, that kid he brought is cute. We got to talking, played some more skee ball and talked about donuts.

Joy is finding the small things in life and your relationship that remind you how blessed you are and having those realizations everyday after your wedding day.

I asked for his number to text him the name of my favorite donut shop in NYC and we quickly realized we shared the same area code. The next day I received a text from a 570 number. It was an image of donuts. He had went to the exact place I recommended he try before flying back to Pittsburgh. (He was in the city for work and was living in Western Pennsylvania at the time)—and he got the exact donuts I told him to.

Ladies, what man listens like that?! I knew I wasn’t letting him get away and apparently he felt the same way about me too.

Mandy Fierens

Mandy Fierens

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

This past August, Luke came to visit me in NYC right after I had decided to make the move to Pittsburgh. Like always, we made plans to go to my favorite doughnut shop—the very same shop that I originally told him to go to the night we met. We always made that a thing we did whenever he came to visit.

Mandy Fierens

Mandy Fierens

Once we arrived, he told me he ordered a box of doughnuts, which seemed a bit odd to me since we always just order from the front case. He went to the window and picked up a box and then walked over to where I was sitting at a table. He seemed off and was just holding the box and not opening it.

It was totally unlike him since he would normally already have crushed an entire doughnut already walking from the cashier to sit down. I started freaking out thinking, “What the hell is in this box?” He sat across from me and reached out and grabbed my hands and kissed me. I was totally freaking out inside. He opened the box and boom—every girl’s dream was inside. Four doughnuts that read, “Will you marry me?”


Mandy Fierens

Now what girl says no to that?

What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?

Choosing a venue and having that moment where you realize, “this is it.”

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

I don’t. I’m crazy.

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

Insanely user friendly and clean lined formats!


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

Have fun with it! Use it and include all or as little information as you want! It will be as great as you make it to be.

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

Joy is finding the small things in life and your relationship that remind you how blessed you are and having those realizations everyday after your wedding day. Start each day with a joyful heart and you’ll be surprised how beautiful life can be.


Mandy Fierens


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