Ashlee and Rick | Eiffel Tower Marriage Proposal
How We Met: My fiancé and I met in 2009 after our paths crossed several times in Oklahoma City. On my birthday that year, we had our longest conversation up until that point and realized we had so much in common there must have been a reason for always running into each other. For the next four years, we were inseparable.
Rick’s brother-in-law is a Captain in the United States Air Force and he and Rick’s sister were stationed overseas at a base near a small town in England for the past few years. Although they enjoyed seeing new places, being away from home made them both a little homesick so it was our intention to visit them at least once while they were there if we could.
I had never been to Europe so I was very excited for our possible trip. After years of discussing the idea, the timing finally worked out and we decided to book our plane tickets. We all four spent months sending emails back and forth to plan an itinerary and eventually everything was set for what was sure to be the trip of a lifetime.
After arriving, we were able to spend several days with them in their home and drive to tour parts of London. Then, the plan for our last stop was to take a train and spend a couple days in Paris, France. I now know why they call it “The City of Love.” It was romantic in every sense of the word. We had such an amazing time taking in all of the sights and learning so much about this beautiful city.
The misty morning of our proposal began with Rick and I taking a short visit to the Louvre. We had been traveling for several days by then and I was exhausted. But, we only had a short time in Paris so I was going to make the most of it. After the museum, we walked to the nearby Ponts des Arts bridge, also known as “Lover’s Bridge,” where couples attach padlocks to the railings of the bridge and throw the keys into the Seine River below. So, then the “Love Lock” is meant to symbolize a new beginning and eternal love for the couple. After writing our initials on the lock, I was about to close it in place when Rick stopped me and reminded me to write the date on it, casually saying that we might want to remember when we were here. Really, though, he knew what he was planning for later that evening so he wanted to make sure the special date on which we made the commitment to spend our lives together would be on our lock.
That evening Rick planned a champagne cruise for all of us on one of the many boats on the river which would end near the Eiffel Tower. Afterwards, Rick said that since we were dressed nice he wanted to get some pictures at a certain secluded spot he knew of where we could take the perfect picture in front of the Tower. As we started walking to the spot, the clouds opened up and it began to drizzle. I knew we had dinner plans right after and I was concerned that my hair would be a mess so I told him that I would much rather we skip the pictures and go right to the restaurant. He pleaded with me to follow him and at that time the rain was starting to let up so I agreed. When we arrived at the perfect spot where we could be alone with the Eiffel Tower in the background he handed the camera to his sister and brother-in-law. They moved a distance back and began to snap pictures of the two of us. At that moment, he turned to me and said he had a question to ask me. He dropped to one knee and reached into his jacket pocket pulling out a white box that held the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. I don’t remember much of what he said next because I was in such shock but I do remember he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. The moment was so surreal. I can’t even remember if I actually said YES!
Looking back on it, I still can’t believe that he was able to pull off such a perfect proposal. Our moment was like a scene out a movie that I never dreamt would happen to me. It was definitely the perfect way to start the rest of our lives together.