Natassia and Christian met at an auto supply store where Christian was working in December 2009. Natassia needed to have a headlight replaced, and she stopped at the auto parts store on her way home from work. She walked in the store and looked for any available person. Christian just so happened to be the headlight aisle. Natassia asked Christian if he would help her find some replacements and if he could install them for her. With a smile he picked a set out and headed outside. (Mind you it was the coldest day of the year.) Christian replaced the headlights with a smile—and frozen hands. When he was done he asked, “Since I changed your headlights, do I get to take you on a date?”
Give us the details! When? Where? How?
We planned a trip to Bend, Oregon. Christian is really into fly fishing and as a surprise during our trip I planned for him to meet up with a guy that is a well known fly fisher named Kyle. Kyle said that he would love to take Christian out to fish. I was planning on getting my nails done, having a massage and doing some shopping while Christian was out with Kyle for the day. Christian heard about my plans and contacted Kyle right away, saying that he planned to take me fishing so he could propose. I’m kinda stubborn and was bummed that he insisted I go along on this fishing trip—it was supposed to be a surprise just for him! After a few days of prodding, I finally agreed.
The morning of the big day I slowly pulled on my fishing waders, we loaded the boat, and headed off. After a couple hours of repeated pulling off to fish, we stopped off at what was going to be our lunch spot. Kyle is a great photographer and was talking action shots of us fishing the entire time so when he pulled out his camera and started shooting us I didn’t think much of it. Kyle was multi-tasking, cooking lunch and shooting us, and Christian suggested that I fish a particular area of the river in front of him. I made my way up to were he suggested. Kyle was stilling shooting us fishing, with my back to Christian at this point. He asked me to turn around so he could change my fly set up.
I turned around to Christian on his knee in the middle of the Deschutes River with bright blue skies shining, asking me to marry him. I said, “Absolutely!” and “Yes!” all at once! So many emotions rushed through me, I was so in shock and embarrassed that I gave him such a hard time about messing up the plans. We got out of the river and stood on the river bank where he put my gorgeous ring on my finger. I gave him a hundred million kisses and soaked everything in. The moment was perfect, something that only movies are made of.
What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?
We are pretty laid back couple, we like the outdoors, fly fishing and beer, lots of beer. We are having a great time planning a great party for all our family and friends that interprets our hobbies and interests.
How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning?
We drink beer!
What is your favorite part of using Joy for your wedding?
I like how simple everything is, from the lay out, to the themes.
What piece of advice would you give couples to ensure that they use Joy to its fullest potential?
If your looking for something that gives your wedding the cool factor, use Joy. Its simple and easy. Its at least one thing that I don’t have to worry about.
At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?
Christian and I are big believers of our faith. We have God at the center of our relationship, so we can have a fruitful marriage. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…” Joy is a fruit of the wedding process.