Finding true love is often a journey. For Joie Hale and Nick James, both 23, that journey began six years ago shoulder-to-shoulder on a bumpy yellow school bus. Nick said he knew from day one that Joie was the one destined for him. Since then, they have enjoyed other travels together, most memorably a fun road trip to Nashville. After an elaborate proposal with a bonfire and custom lighting in February of this year, the couple looks forward to seeing where their journey together as husband and wife takes them. In their own words, here is their Diamonds Direct Love Story.
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of each other?
Nick: We met in high school and have been best friends since.
Joie: We are high school sweethearts who met on the school bus.
What is your favorite thing to do together as a couple?
Nick: Going on road trips
Joie: Going to dinner and a movie
Please explain your most memorable date.
Nick: Our day trip to Nashville (ate local bbq and each bought a new pair of cowboy boots)
Nick: She is Smart, funny, and beautiful
Joie: He is Easy going, funny and optimistic
Can you each tell me about the proposal from your own perspective?
Nick: I had our favorite pictures printed on canvas, built a lit walkway in my backyard and had a photographer hidden waiting for us to arrive. I walked her out the back door, down the walkway of pictures and got down on one knee.
Joie: Nick proposed on a rainy night in February in his backyard. He had created the perfect set up including pictures of our favorite moments, string lighting and a bonfire. The rain let up long enough for him to get down on one knee, pop the question and take a few celebratory pictures. This long awaited moment was definitely worth the wait. I can’t wait to spend forever with my best friend!
What was your experience like shopping for the ring at Diamonds Direct?
Nick: Kimberly was a huge help and walked me through each step of designing Joie’s ring.
Joie: The ring is perfect and it fits my personality so well! Kimberly helped Nick custom design my ring and it is absolutely stunning!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given about love/relationships?
Nick: Say I love you each day
Joie: Never go to bed mad