Ahhh! I can’t believe I’m actually writing this post. Steve asked me to marry him on September 3rd in front of the Eiffel Tower on our first night in Paris.
Steve and I talked about marriage frequently. We also live together and have been together for four years. Although it’s not a total shock, I was surprised when he got down on one knee.
JUST A TRAVEL DAY
We took a morning train from London to Paris. We dropped off our bags at our apartment in Le Marais before joining my friend Candace and her travel companions for brunch a block away. Throughout the day, I kept telling Steve how we shouldn’t expect much from the first day. “We shouldn’t even count it as a day,” I said.
After brunch, we freshen up and explored the area. We were walking around Île de la Cité when Steve saw the Eiffel Tower for the first time (from a far). He literally gasped at the sight. I was so happy to see him this excited. After a visit to Sainte-Chapelle and Shakespeare and Company, Steve suggested we go home and get ready for the night. Again, I told him it was fine if we didn’t go see the Eiffel Tower on our first night. We can chill around the area and rest up for tomorrow. He said he wanted to see the Eiffel Tower every day. And although I told him that was not realistic, I was excited that he too was excited to be in Paris and eager to see the Eiffel Tower at night.
On our walk back to the apartment, I get a text from Sister B saying something like “Nate wants a nice picture of in front of the Eiffel Tower so make sure to dress nice.” Nathan is my nephew and godson. We used to watch an Eiffel Tower time lapse video when he was a younger and I always told him we were going to go together. So I wasn’t weirded out by that comment.
GETTING MY FAMILY’S BLESSING
Sister B knew Steve was going to proposed to me in Paris. The night before we left to Europe, Steve stopped by my parents’ home to ask for their blessing! I had no idea. I was too busy running last minute errands to even think about it. My mom said Steve messaged her on Facebook if he could come over but not to tell me. My poor parents thought Steve was going to share bad news or something. Spanish is their first language so Steve had asked Sister B to stay and help him translate in case he needed it. Sister B said Steve looked so nervous. She was so confused.
Then, Steve pulled out a note written in Spanish and read it to my parents in Spanish (I know!!). It was the sweetest, most romantic thing ever. I cried when my mom and Sister B told me and showed me the photos after we got back to Chicago. Ever since then, Sister B and Steve were communicating about the proposal.
The actual proposal is kind of short. Originally, we were planning to walk from Le Marais to the Eiffel Tower but the walk was long and it was getting late. We took an Uber and walked around the Eiffel Tower until we found a good spot to sit. It was the warmest night that week so thankfully I wore this red Reformation dress.
We literally had just sat down and Steve said “let’s take a picture.” We had been taking selfies since we got off the Uber so I’m like yay more pictures. I’m always skeptical of handing my phone to strangers for photos – especially at night and in a foreign city. I looked around until I saw two people who looked friendly. Surprisingly, they were Latinos too. The woman was living in Paris but originally from Latin America like her friend who was visiting. We chatted with them for a bit and then got ready to take a photo.
We took the photo and then Steve said “one more thing. and the got down on one knee and opened a jewelry box. Honestly, I blacked out for most of the proposal. Thank goodness the woman recorded it because everything is still a blur.
The first thing I said when he opened the box was “baby, baby what are you doing?”. And then Steve said the sweetest words. We kissed. We swings me around and then I heard a ton of cheering. It was pretty dark out so I didn’t notice how many people were watching us. We thanked our “videographer” and her friend for capturing one of the biggest moments of our life. Afterwards, we drank wine while watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle.
SHARING THE NEWS
After we got to the apartment, we Facetimed and called our family and closest friends before we shared it on social media. It was so exciting to share this moment with loved ones even though we were so far away. We wanted to enjoy our trip, so we held off on wedding planning until we got back home. Now we’re in full wedding planning mode!