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Joy Proposal Story: Mila & Will

by Allie Grampa

Will noticed Mila from across the room on his first day of work at a new co-working space. She caught him staring a few times—but he also caught her, so he hoped there was mutual interest. One day her company began packing up, and Will learned they were moving. Thinking he might never see her again, he mustered up the courage to ask her out. He was as nervous as a pagan in front of the Spanish Inquisition. With a little sweat on his brow, he asked to help her move her boxes. She had a look of, “What the hell is this guy doing?” After stumbling through some small talk, Will asked Mila to go grab a drink.

Her reply, “Okay.”

And since that day, they’ve been heading to the second star on the right, straight until morning.


Give us the details! When? Where? How?

After work on a sunny August Friday, I invited Mila out to Roosevelt Island where we had spent our second date. The sun was out, it was sweltering, but I was determined to make this happen. We made our way to the end of the island to sit amongst the FDR memorial that looked out South down the East River.




Once the moment was right enough, I got down on one knee and spoke my proposal in Bulgarian (Mila’s native language). Even though I butchered it, she smiled and said yes. I pulled a bottle of champagne and two glasses from my backpack and we toasted to our new adventure. Luckily, the passing park ranger didn’t see the bottle and we drank until the sun set.

Afterwards, she admitted to knowing what was going down. She’s aware I don’t do well in hot temperatures, but played along. That’s how I knew this is meant to be forever.


What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?

Getting it over with.

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

Planning early and accepting the fact that it may not come out perfect. Shit happens. The best we can do is be prepared for it. That, and alcohol.

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

Joy is knowing you don’t have to wear pants at home in front of the other person.





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