- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
My boyfriend (now finace!) and I just got back from Paris where he proposed to me! We had been in Parisfor three days already, and I had a feeling that he was going to propose because the trip had been his idea all along and it seemed very suspicious for us to run off to Paris for spring break (we are both teachers). We went to Versailles on the last full day of the trip, and at the time he had still not proposed. I was starting to think that maybe I had just been fooling myself.
Out in the parterre near the Fountain of Latona, I noticed a couple trying to take a “long arm” picture of themselves and I offered to take a photo for them. My boyfriend then asked if they wouldn’t mind taking a picture for us. Actually he said, “Take a couple of pictures!” Suddenly he got down on one knee and pulled out a white vintage ring box which looked totally in place at Versailles. He opened it and inside was a gorgeous vintage ring, sparkling away in the afternoon sunlight. I can’t really remember what he said, I was too shocked. I’m pretty sure I said YES though! 😉
I am absolutely in love with Versailles and the 18th century in general. I was a history major in college and now I’m a high school social studies teacher. I’ve read a few books about Versaillesand biographies about Marie Antoinette. I love Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette movie. That morning we had gone on a small tour of the private apartments of Louis XV. It was already shaping up to be an amazing day.
After he proposed we rode bikes around the gardens, visited Marie Antoinette’s hamlet and the Petit Trianon. We had lunch by the Grand Canal. It was just a magically perfect day with a warm breeze and not a cloud in the sky. The weather was perfect, especially for Paris in March.
As for details about the ring, it’s an early art deco ring (1920’s) with a .56ct old European cut center diamond, four smaller diamonds surrounding it, and two half moon emeralds on the sides. The ring has a very low profile, which is something I really wanted in a ring. The mounting is platinum with really delicate filigree work. I wear a ring size 4.5 for reference. I absolutely adore it. I could not think of anything more “me.”
Anyway, thanks for reading!
I was so stunned! I also look really awkward here…
On top of some of the world famous Laduree macarons in Marie Antoinette’s gardens.
On the second floor of the Eiffel Tower..
And this one just for good measure! 😉