Give us the proposal details! When? Where? How?
I knew how I was going to propose three years before I actually did it, which was good because it took a lot of planning! I arranged for a ten-part scavenger hunt around the countries at Epcot. Each clue had a puzzle relating to parts of our lives (lyrics from our favorite song, a custom crossword, word search, etc.) with special charms for our anniversary present. I proposed in between France and England, the two countries we’ve been to together. We celebrated with a dinner at Monsieur Paul but the long day in the heat and all the excitement caught up with Emily and she got sick!
Emily proposed the following September. Originally, she was going to propose at Letchworth State Park, a place we had frequently gone camping in and loved. Alas, it rained! So on Monday, Emily planned to take us to the art gallery, except it was closed on Mondays. Finally, she settled on the Botanical Gardens. We took two trips around while Emily worked up the nerve. Finally, after finding something on the ground that needed to be picked up, she used that opportunity to propose!
What has been your favorite experience planning the wedding?
We really enjoy planning things together. Because we are a queer couple, we get to make a lot of our own traditions as we go along. Our wedding will be completely and totally us!
How do you stay sane under the pressures of wedding planning?
We have season tickets to a local theatre so we have planned date nights about once a month. We also have a great support system of friends and her family, so we reach out when we need to.
What is your favorite part of using Joy for your wedding?
It’s great and interactive for our guests!
What piece of advice would you give couples to ensure that they use Joy to its fullest potential?
Take chances and play around with it!
At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?
No matter what happens on our wedding day, the love the two of us share and the love we share with our family and friends will last forever.