Give us the proposal details! When? Where? How?
Labor Day, 2018. We were leaving Ryan’s family celebration in Pecos, New Mexico. We had to stop by his grandparent’s cabin on our way back into town since grandma heard a rumor that water and power folks changed the gate lock after checking the meter. This was actually true, but Ryan used this as the perfect cover to go to the cabin. Turns out, there was a new lock on the gate and we had to break into the cabin. We had our puppy, Lando, which escalated the logistics a bit. I was trying to climb over the gate and Lando zoomed through the gap which knocked me over and I fell pretty hard. I was laying on the dirt, covered in pine needles and spider webs, assessing how hurt I was while Ryan looked on in horror thinking that this proposal might not happen. I was pretty grumpy, so I told Ryan to just go ahead and do whatever he needed to do while I took Lando to the river, trying to gather myself, dreaming of the ice and ibuprofen back in town. Ryan was up on the second-floor balcony and yelled down for me to come up and see the view. I hobbled up the stairs, opened the door and he was already on one knee.
It’s pretty hard to surprise me, but he pulled it off! To be honest, I blacked out due to sheer joy. I remember he asked, “Meghan, will you marry me?” I said, “Yes!” and pulled him up and then we hugged and kissed. Then, the ring somehow was on my finger. Did he put it on? Did I? I have no idea! But it was such a wonderful, perfect way to start our married life together.
What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?
I’m an event planner, but planning our wedding has been so different! My favorite part is finding ways to include details that are uniquely Ryan and I and not buying into the wedding industrial complex. Oh, and the dessert samples don’t suck!
How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning?
Reminding myself how wonderful it’s going to be when all these parts of our life come together! Our friend’s college meeting childhood friends, our families coming together, etc. It’s so wonderful to think this is the one time these intersections will happen all at once and it’s going to be awesome!
What is your favorite part of using Joy for your wedding?
Joy is simple, functional, aesthetically beautiful, and has just the right amount of customization where we’re not going crazy about every detail. I would never be able to make a decision otherwise!
What piece of advice would you give couples to ensure that they use Joy to its fullest potential?
Explore and click on everything! Read the guides, they are very helpful and when in doubt, use the chat function. The Joy staff is wonderfully helpful and extremely responsive.
At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?
We tell ourselves this often when we get stressed with planning. After everything, a wedding is just a day. But the memories we create, the connections that we foster, and the love that we share is what will last and are what is most important.