Joplyn and Brennan

Where to Propose in Paris, France

How We Met

On the 4th of July in the summer of 2017 Brennan and I ended up on a mutual friend’s boat going out to Horn Island for the day. We had never met before but he instantly had my attention and I had his. We spent the entire day attached at the hip, swimming and shooting off fireworks once it got dark. The very next day, July 5th, 2017, we went on our first date to a little hibachi restaurant. After that first date, we were inseparable. We spent the last month of summer together before I had to move back up to MSU to start my sophomore year. Brennan drove up to visit me during recruitment week and on August 13, 2017, he asked me to be his girlfriend with a sweet little note and a freshly made bed. On the 13th of every single month, since August 13, 2017, I receive a bouquet of flowers from B. One flower for every month we have been together.

Brennan was always so incredible about driving up to see me when I missed him most. One time he drove all the way up to Starkville on a Tuesday, just to spend our first Valentine’s Day together. The next year was full of traveling, Brennan getting his own place, and getting our golden boy Jagger. In July 2018 we decided we didn’t want to live 400 miles apart anymore and rented our first house together in Hattiesburg while starting our junior year at USM. The school year flew by and then I got to spend the summer studying abroad in London, England. The last week I was there, Brennan flew out to see me and spend a week abroad. Once he got across the pond, it was the most relief/excitement we had both felt in weeks. We spent the week playing tourist and I finally got to show Brennan all of my favorite spots. We decided to take a day trip to Paris, France and on that day, July 2, 2019, Brennan got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever, in the city of love. So now here we are, starting our Senior year, just bought our first home, and loving on our pups. We got two years down and forever to go…

How They Asked

On July 2, 2019, Brennan & I decided to take a day trip to Paris, France. We got up super early, took an uber, a tube, and then had to RUN to our flight because we were (of course) late. Once we landed in Paris we had lunch at a sweet little restaurant, finished a bottle of wine, and then set off to explore. We ventured around the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars when Brennan mentioned wanting to see this big two-story bridge…so I mapped it out and very poorly, led the way. Once we arrived at the bridge, Brennan wrapped me in his arms and started talking sweetly in my ear, I just thought he was being cute… Then he got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever. WOW. Turns out he had planned this the whole time, complete with a hidden photographer and surprise engagement shoot in the city of love.

Wedding Proposal Ideas in Paris, France

Joplyn and Brennan's Engagement in Paris, France

I got the opportunity to spend my summer studying international business at Westminster University in London, England. I was away for 6 weeks, which was the longest Brennan & I had ever been apart. So when I finished all of my exams, Brennan flew out to meet me in London. We spent the week exploring and I got to show him all of my favorite places from the past couple weeks.

A couple of days later, on our two year anniversary, we did an engagement shoot around the Tower Bridge in London where we had been staying for the week. Brennan shared these plans with me earlier in the week, which was his plan to throw me off of any “proposal’ theories for our day trip to Paris. It worked.

Special Thanks

Lucia Neri
 | Photographer
Sam Spicer
 | Photographer