Give us the proposal details! When? Where? How?
Darren and I are Peace Corps Volunteers in Botswana. We planned a trip to Cape Town, South Africa with my sister and brother. Little did I know that Darren had bought a Botswana diamond and colluded with my sister to plan an epic engagement. On our last full day in Cape Town, we had a fun-filled day swimming with penguins, running away from baboons at Cape Point (the Southernmost tip of Africa) and driving along the beautiful Chapman’s Peak coastline. I thought we were just making a quick stop at Chapman’s Peak Lookout to watch the sunset, at least that’s what everyone said we were doing! When we got to the lookout point, Darren said we should take a selfie. So we hiked to a nice point and pulled out the camera. There was a woman there too and she offered to take our photo for us, with her nice camera. She said she was a photography student and needed some practice and that she would email us the photo. So, I said sure! As she got ready to take the picture, Darren turned to me, wiped the hair out of my face, held my hands tight, and began his proposal. This woman was not a random student, she was a professional photographer who Darren had hired to capture our special moment! He proposed in Setswana, the language we’ve learned to speak in Botswana, and I said, “Yes!”
What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?
Since we’ve been living in Botswana for the past 22 months, it’s been really fun reconnecting with family and friends back home who are helping us plan our wedding from abroad.
How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning?
We created a wedding mission statement and listed out our shared values and vision for the wedding. When we have a hard decision to make, we use these tools to keep us on track.
What is your favorite part of using Joy for your wedding?
The website is really user-friendly! We’re going paperless for our wedding, so it’s helpful to have our Joy website to be able to keep our guests informed.
What piece of advice would you give couples to ensure that they use Joy to its fullest potential?
Start the process early, before you send save-the-dates. Utilize the help desk when necessary, they’re very responsive!
At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?
Many of the details of the proposal, engagement period, and wedding will be forgotten in time. But, the feeling of joy and happiness during all of these special moments will last forever. The process is joyful if you let it be.