Janet Van and Philip

How We Met

The first time we met was on a gap-year straight after finishing high school, but although we both knew who the other person was, we weren’t really friends. After completing the gap-year, we both went on to study at two different universities. After 3 years, I got a call from a mutual friend of ours, asking if I would be willing to work on a youth camp with him and Philip (my fiance).

It was while working on this youth camp together, that our story really began. At first, it was strictly professional, but as the months went on we both fell in love without voicing it. Eventually, I scraped together enough nerve to ask him to be my date for a sorority ball. That night we both realized how the other one felt and the rest is history!

How They Asked

After dating for 5 years, we went on a trip to Paris with his family.

One evening he took me to see the Eiffel Tower light up with all the thousands of flickering lights! As I positioned my camera to take a photo, he got down behind me on one knee. When I turned around and saw him with the ring I was stunned! After managing a “Yes!” he got up and I ( like most girls) burst out in tears! He replied by saying: well at least you didn’t faint!!