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Joy Proposal Story: Molly & Chris

by Kelsey Vickers
Joy Proposal Story: Molly & Chris

How did the two of you meet?

Molly lived in New York, in a tiny apartment with a lot of oversized pigeons outside of her windows. She loved it there. One day her friend, Geraldine, asked if she would like to go to the Guggenheim for a mutual friends’ leaving party. Both Molly and Geraldine thought, ‘I can’t really be bothered’, but they agreed to go and even came up with an elaborate escape plan since it was rainy and they’d much prefer ordering Seamless and watching movies. An English boy met them in the gallery. He was working in Geraldine’s office that week, visiting from London, and she had asked him to come along. “He’s called Chris, or something?” she said. After spotting Chris take photos of the Guggenheim ceiling when he arrived and then eventually learning his name, Molly thought Chris was funny. They chatted as they passed by (and made fun of) the weird art. One joke, in particular, Molly thought he nailed, and she laughed a lot. Geraldine pointed out that she thought Chris liked Molly. Molly hadn’t noticed, at all.

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They left the Guggenheim and went for drinks with more friends. Molly was sat far away from Chris but decided to move and sit with him. They talked and drank ‘pickle-backs’ (whiskey + Pickle juice). Over the next few days, Molly and Chris spent a lot of time together. It turned out that when she was told Chris liked her, she realized that she quite liked hanging out with him too. Before Chris knew it his week in New York City was over and he had to leave. This made him sad. He really liked Molly, but then she was an ocean away. Chris texted Molly when he landed in London. He kept texting, messaging and calling. He visited again and stayed with Molly. She introduced him to Myrtle, her childhood stuffed toy. A big moment. They laughed and played tourist in the city. Chris wanted to go to the Statue of Liberty. “It’s 5°F!” said Molly. “Ok?” said Chris not knowing what that meant. They got nice photos and wind burn. Molly was sad to see Chris go but, he came back before Christmas and she took him to see the Rockefeller tree. Molly took her first of a long series of pictures of Chris taking a picture of the tree. Long distance was hard, but they called each other every day when they were apart. Molly went to visit Chris in London. She discovered two-level busses, found post containers, and realized that Chris loved Molly, and Molly loved Chris. Molly and Chris didn’t like saying goodbye, it always sucked.  Sometimes it sucked so much they were given free coffee by Pret employees. Chris didn’t want Molly to leave ever again. Then one day she got a job in London, and they happily, bought a lot of Ikea storage solutions and moved in together.

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

Chris realized he never wanted to lose Molly, he loved her a lot and couldn’t imagine not having her and her vast storage solutions around. He knew that he wanted to be with Molly forever. So at Christmas, he bought a very special present for Molly, and they flew to the States. He prayed that TSA wouldn’t search his bags in front of Molly and reveal the diamond! He made a book of every photo that he’d taken throughout their relationship, starting with the photo of the Guggenheim ceiling taken just five seconds before they met. The book told the story of all their ups and downs and even included a photo of her dad when he ‘got the nod’ from him. On Christmas morning Chris gave Molly the book. She read the book thinking it was a really great photo album (because that’s the kind of thing Chris would do) Then the book started to get extra special and it started to rain on Molly’s face. Chris got up, came over to Molly, got on one knee, and asked Molly if she would marry him. Molly sobbed, “Yes!”

What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?

Sending out our invites and realizing how much we are loved by all our favorite people around the globe. We get really excited just thinking about having all of them in the same room at once!

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

We laugh… a lot! We also take breaks to play Mario Kart.

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

Chris is a digital art director and I am in corporate marketing so you could say we’re very much the ‘Yin and Yang’ when it comes to creativity versus analytical. Joy meets all of our expectations for design and usability.  We love that we can feature all our favorite photography on the site and we can easily keep track of all our guests in one place. It’s perfect for us and really reflects us as a couple!

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

Read how to set up your guest list and ask a lot of questions before you jump in. Getting it right from the start saves hours of time in the long run. Oh, and really customize the questions you ask your guests. You can make it fun and very ‘you’ with a few simple wording tweaks!

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

Our wedding is the moment that marks the end of our time apart from each other, and the start of our life as husband and wife! (Best friends forever). We want the day to be remembered with joy by everyone who celebrates with us.

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