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Nora’s side: The best proposal ever…
Dan and I decided to go on an impromptu vacation in June 2011. Our destination was a first for both of us: Paris, France! We enjoyed hectic sightseeing for the first couple of days of our trip. Then, on the morning of Saturday, June 18th, Dan handed me a pair of train tickets. I was overjoyed to discover that we were going to Giverny for the day. My great uncle was a painter, and many of his paintings are from the French countryside. In addition, one of my favorite artists is Monet, and I knew that his gardens were in Giverny.
So off we went on our early morning trip. We strolled through the quaint town to Monet’s maison. We meandered through his breathtaking gardens which were in full bloom. When we reached a secluded area with a bench, Dan wanted to sit down.
He proceeded to set up the automatic camera. We took a picture and then he wanted to sit down again! I wasn’t all that suspicious, but asked him why we couldn’t rest just a little further down the walk as I knew that Monet’s waterlily garden was nearby.
Dan insisted that we sit down again and he then said “I have something for you. ” He proceeded to pull out a sheaf of papers from his backpack. He read me a beautiful poem about the enchantment of Monet’s gardens and falling in love. At the same time, he was digging in his pocket for something. He pulled out a little plastic bag with a tissue in it and began to unravel the tissue very slowly. As he did this, he got down on one knee, and asked “Nora, will you marry me?” I said “Yes!” Then I promptly burst into tears. A small crowd of French ladies gathered around to admire the ring.
We eventually found our way over to the waterlily garden and it was every bit as beautiful as Monet had depicted so many years before. Now, whenever I look at the flower pattern on my ring, I am reminded of Dan’s beautiful proposal in Giverny and our engagement among the blossoms!
Dan’s side: Just the missing details…
As you might expect, my side starts a bit earlier than Nora’s. I spent many long months trying to find the right moment and location to propose. When we decided to go on a trip, I immediately got excited. After a couple hours of considering our options, we chose Paris! From that moment on, the rest of our lives was set in motion.
I had three weeks to ask Nora’s mom and dad for permission, pick a setting, stone and have the ring assembled and work out the details of an unforgettable proposal. Fortunately, I had some help. Nora’s parents were thrilled at the news and we celebrated together. With the help of Nora’s mom, I was able to keep Nora in the dark about my intentions. A family friend of Nora’s helped me pick a stone and setting to create a beautifully unique combination to fit Nora’s taste. For proposal ideas I searched the web and found many ideas for where to propose in Paris with ALL of them being deemed cliche’. During this search however, the name Monet popped into my mind. I knew he was one of Nora’s favorite artists and I found that he had lived and worked not far from Paris… a distinctive yet personalized location!
I then told Nora that I had made reservations for dinner for that Saturday night. If she had any suspicions, she would expect it at dinner (or so I hoped). Everything was set except for a smooth transition from sight-seeing tourist to love struck proposer. After a great deal of searching, I found the perfect poem to read. It was an amazing connection between Monet, the beautiful garden, love, Nora and myself. And she said “Yes!” My proposal was complete!
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I would love to tell you our story. It’s a long one but I will try to shorten it to 500 words.
Originally, Gerry, my fiance and I met through eHarmony in 2004, although we never actually met. We were matched up, corresponded through multiple choice questions and that was as far as it got. Bad timing.
Then in 2005, we met again on Jdate but this time we actually had a date and met! But that didn’t get off the ground because, again, bad timing. Very bad timing! The day after our date, my fiance’s mother passed away unexpectedly! She wasn’t even sick! My fiance actually called to tell me this because he didn’t want me to think he was blowing me off which I thought was so nice considering what he was going through. With all that he had to do, we just went out one more time but his head wasn’t in it and I had 2 jobs at the time and was going to school at night so it just didn’t work out.
Then in April of 2009, I decided to send Gerry an e-mail because I was wondering how he was. Well, he was in a bad relationship and I was having one bad date after another so we remained friends sharing our horror stories until October of 2009. Gerry found himself single again so we started spending more time together until November 15, 2009 when Gerry kissed me and the next day I was invited to his family Thanksgiving dinner. Must have been some great kiss because exactly 2 years (and 1 day) later, Gerry proposed to me.
We had planned to have a 2 year anniversary dinner, but being a teacher, I had parent teacher conferences so we planned our dinner for the next night, November 16, 2011. That night ended up being very meaningful to me because it was my aunt’s birthday who passed away in 2005. We were very close so it meant a lot to see Gerry that night. Anyway, Gerry came to my apt. with a dozen red roses. I thought they were beautiful and thanked Gerry but had no idea what Gerry was planning later in the evening. As a matter of fact, I was going to have a “talk” with him that coming weekend about where the relationship was going after 2 years.
After dinner, we came back to my apt. where I was going to make Gerry a chocolate smoothie with the chocolate I bought in Colorado over the summer. I couldn’t get the can opened so I asked my strong man to do it as I left the room for a minute. While in the other room, I heard the top of the can hit the floor and thought there must be chocolate all over the room so I came running in.
Gerry was in the kitchen down on one knee and there was no chocolate anywhere so I asked, “What are you doing down there?” See how clueless I was? Gerry had it all planned out what he was going to say but with that question, he got flustered and the only thing he could think of was, “I want you to marry me!” Of course, I said, I mean, screamed, YES!
And that’s how it all happened. We are planning on getting married on June 3rd, 2012, less than a month away! I can’t wait!!
Thanks for listening to our story.
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I met my fiance 12 years ago with a group of friends. I never thought we would start dating because we were so close and i didn’t want to ruin our friendship. You know how that goes. So We have been dating for 6 years now. We are attached at the hip. 3 years ago my fiancé Phil started asking if I ever wanted to get married. I said yes, I have a timeline of events I would like to happen. (ha ha, silly now that I think about that) A few months later I started dropping hints. He completely ignored me! This was very frustrating. We started getting in fights about every little thing. Between me and u that’s because I was being very bitter about my hints not working. one night my friends invited me to sushi. My fiancé joined us since I didn’t know it was supposed to be just a girl thing. So before i know it, all my girls started making fun of us. They said we could never do anything without each other and it was lame. They wouldnt let it go and just kept rambling on and on. Just as I thought it couldn't get any worse, an ex boyfriend walked by and my friend shouted at him and said, "hey Janine, didn't u hook up with that guy?!" I put my head down as he walked over to say hi. They then invited him to join us for a drink. Can you believe the nerve. I was so mad that I pulled my friends aside and yelled at them for making my fiancé uncomfortable and told them they were being ridiculous. They actually yelled back and said I shouldn't keep anything from him and I should be happy to tell him about my past. I responded angrily by saying, I want to marry that guy and I would tell him anything, anything at all. So any secrets they thought they were keeping to go ahead and spill it now because I never want secrets between us. Then my fiancé came and got me and in the moment I started yelling at him telling him if he does not want to marry me then I need to know right there and now because if he didint then I am making a fool out of myself and blah blah blah. I turned to walk away and when he grabbed my arm to pull me back, he was on one knee with a ring in his hand. He asked me to marry him and be his wife forever. He said he wants to spend the rest of his life with me and not to care what anyone said. Even if they were my friends. He gave me a hug and whispered, i bet they are just jealous. I cried and happily accepted his proposal! My ex quickly headed for the door and my friends were all just smiling at me. They looked pretty dumbfounded, but then again, so was I. He made me totally eat my words and my friends too. I guess he had it in his head differently to propose that night but he thought that seemed like a pretty good time to do it. Plus my friends never made fun of us for being together after that. He he! I couldn't be happier. Since then we tease each other about how I beat him into submission by telling him to either marry me or don't. So we thought it would be funny to get the wedding cake topper with a ball and chain around his ankle and I have the key or the one where I dragging him back or carrying him. We think those are so funny! Thank you for hearing our story!
Phil C & Janine L