How We Met
We first connected on Facebook. Gotta love social media for connecting so many couples! I (Noël) reached out to her through personal message about a Great Gatsby event her family organizes every year. We had a little back and forth conversation but that was it. We officially met on 11.11! (2016) Six months went by and I (Christine) saw him at a Friday night weekly salsa event in town. I told my friend, “Give me a minute, I think I know that guy”.
So I went over to introduce myself and the conversation went a little like this:
Noël: “Oh my gosh, it’s you!”
Christine: “ummm yeah…”
Noël: “You don’t remember me, do you?”
Christine: “I do, I just thought it would be weird if I said, oh my gosh it’s you”
We both laughed and then danced two bachatas.
I (Christine) found out he spoke French and quickly realized he was an amazing dancer. I was hooked from the first minute we met. For Noël it took a little longer (but not much). I (Noël) invited her to another salsa event a week later and a week after that we went on our first official date at a local jazz night. We had a very real conversation about future goals, relationships and even kids.
The night ended with our first kiss.
Four months later, Noël was participating in the Gatsby event he originally asked me about. Crazy how life comes full circle and yes, the rest is history!
How They Asked
We were on a 2 week trip to France, the first week with family and the second week was a group travel experience we organized and hosted. On this particular day, we were visiting Monet’s house and garden in Giverny, a small town in the north of France. We toured the house then went to the gardens, saw the water lilies and crossed the bridge.
We decided we needed a picture from this iconic location for our travel Instagram (were bloggers/influencers). So Noel set up Christine’s dad with the camera and then joined Christine in the shot. Christine was just acting fun and not realizing what was going on until Noel started talking about their future. Then he pulled Christine over to the other side of the bridge and got down on one knee! (See video above for more detailed story)
The next day we went to the famous Musee D’Orsay in Paris and took a picture in front of Monet’s original painting of the water lilies from his garden we got engaged the day before! It was so romantic.