Elizabeth and Matt

Engagement Proposal Ideas in Nice Côte d'Azur, France

How We Met

February 2017: We both swiped right. Thanks, Bumble.

March 2nd, 2017: After almost an entire month of witty banter, Matt finally pulled the trigger and asked me to dinner at Maison Premiere in South Williamsburg – a short walk from my apartment. So there I was, walking into this romantically lit oyster bar, squinting to see if I could recognize him from his Bumble profile. I scanned the room for a few minutes before he rounded the corner from the back of the restaurant. There he was standing tall, dark and oh-so-handsome. “Wow”, I thought, “he is so much more attractive in person.” Little did I know, Matt was having similar thoughts.

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We sat at the oyster bar in the back room and the conversation flowed seamlessly. We discussed our families, love for traveling, and even discovered that we had both lived in Africa around the same time during our high school years. Hours had passed and we hadn’t even noticed. Matt walked me the three blocks back to my apartment and left me with a hug. A hug??? I thought to myself, “Well, that was an interesting way to end the night.” Little did I know, Matt was so nervous to kiss me that he pulled the gentleman card at the last minute. My friends convinced me to give him another shot, so I did, and 8 days later we had our second date.

March 10th, 2017 – On our 2nd Date, at Momo Sushi Shack, we shared a plate of gyoza and laughed as we fumbled with our chopsticks and sliding sushi. Once we realized we had shut down the restaurant and the wait staff was hovering patiently waiting for our leave, we paid our bill. It was clear that neither of us was ready for the night to end, so we decided to brave the brisk New York evening and walk the two miles back to my apartment. Once we got there, I pulled out my Snapchat glasses and started recording a very awkward giggle from Matt. Finally, he kissed me, standing on the stoop of my apartment building. Not to be cheesy, but sparks *flew*! We parted ways and Matt rode the subway home, unbeknownst to him, completely smothered in my bright red lipstick. He sent me a selfie once he got home and realized he had journeyed the entire way home looking like a zombie. After laughing hysterically, we immediately made plans for the following day.

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March 11th – Our 3rd Date was to The New Museum to see the Raymond Pettibon exhibit. We wandered the floors of the museum hand in hand deciphering what each piece was supposed to represent. From there, we left and had dinner at Kings County Imperial Co. in Williamsburg. We dined on soup dumplings and fried rice until we were ready to pop.

From then on, we were pretty much inseparable. A year later, we moved into a beautiful, garden floor brownstone apartment in Prospect Heights and never looked back.

Elizabeth's Proposal in Nice Côte d'Azur, France

How They Asked

I work in fashion and travel to Europe often for work. I was being sent to France in the last minute work trip.

France has always been a special place for us since he joined me on a work trip to Paris not long after we started dating. That trip really solidified our relationship.

Matt was planning to join me this time, but later decided he was too busy at work and couldn’t come. Well, at least that is what he told me.

Paris welcomed me with chilly temps and drizzles of rain. I saw couples cuddled under their umbrellas and wished Matt had been there with me. But, as one knows, Paris in the rain is better than no Paris at all. I had my day of work and the next morning headed to the next stop on my itinerary, Nice – Côte d’Azur.

My flight was delayed and then the rental car computer system crashed. I waited two agonizing hours in a winding line to get my rental car. Finally, I arrived at my hotel to check-in.

Upon check-in, the Concierge alerted me that I was expected at dinner at 9 pm that evening. I was sure that she had mistaken me for someone else. She confirmed that my parents had booked a surprise dinner for me. Still confused, I texted my Mom to ask if this was true. She immediately replied that she and my Dad wanted to surprise me since I was traveling alone. I joked with her that I thought Matt was going to pop out with a ring. She smoothly played it off and hoped that I wasn’t disappointed with my “surprise dinner reservation”.

Because I was running behind, I threw my stuff into my room and headed out. Once I was done for the day, I decided to have a drink by the beach to watch the sunset. Not long after taking the first sip of my Aperol Spritz, Matt text me asking what I was doing.

I told him I was having a drink by the beach. He asked me for a selfie. Which I reluctantly sent, even though I was jet-lagged and makeup-less.

Much to my surprise, he sent one back. I stared at the photo in disbelief. It was a photo of him in a suit, standing on a beach. I could immediately tell it was the same beach I was on, as it was a rocky beach, not sand. I replied to his text “ARE YOU HERE? WTF!!!”. He then responded, “Turn around”.

I whipped my head around without even thinking and there he was, striking the navy blue suit and a bright beaming smile. He was waving me over, as I sat there stunned. Finally, I snapped out of my shock enough to walk out of the restaurant and over to him on the beach.

Burying my head into his chest, I kept asking him what he was doing. Obviously, I knew what was happening, but couldn’t believe my dream proposal was coming true.

Matt got down on one knee. He had prepared an entire speech but lost it all in the moment.

I eventually found my words and said yes while he slipped on the most beautiful ring I had ever seen.

Meanwhile, a lovely photographer Matt had hired was quietly capturing every moment. Now we have the most special photos to look back on and remember the most magical day of our lives thus far.

Special Thanks

Christina Panaite
 | Photographer