How We Met
Romain (a tall, dark, and handsome French chef) and I (a blonde half French, half English girl) met for the first time two and a half years ago. We ran into one another the same week I had just started working at a Patisserie in Barrington, Illinois and Romain had just moved from Dubai to start working a new baking research and development job in Cary, the next town over. He came into the Patisserie to inquire about buying yeast through the owner, and I ended up helping him every week.
After 6 months of seeing each other and making small talk every Saturday, Romain slipped me his business card, and let me know if ever I was interested in having a proper conversation together over drinks or coffee, to give him a call. I waited over 24 hours, so as to not seem super eager (which I was), and I sent him a message. We set a date for the coming Saturday at the local coffee shop in Barrington, and talked for over three hours before we were kicked out by the staff saying they were closing. The rest was history. From that day on we have had so many amazing adventures together, and supported each other through thick and thin!
How They Asked
Romain and I were headed to France together this past August, for two weddings of his best friends. We had this trip planned for a long time, and we were excited to be back in France for two romantic weekends full of love and weddings. So when Romain took me for a stroll in the fortified city of Langres, France and got down on one knee, I was in complete shock! Romain is a true French man. He is very romantic and truly knows how to plan beautiful magical moments. Unfortunately, though, some events outside of our control, with our airline, caused the original Paris proposal to change. But, I think how our engagement story could not have been more perfect or romantic.
Romain wanted to make sure that the engagement happened early on in our trip because we were visiting family and friends, and since everyone was fully aware a proposal was on the way, he knew that he was on a deadline or the secret could have been revealed by mistake. So on August 4th, 2018 Romain took me on an early morning walk just the two of us around Langres.
As we were messing around, taking pictures and enjoying the lovely scenery, Romain started walking down a small cobblestoned alleyway near a church. The walls were all covered in ivy and there was a sweet aroma from the morning mist and beautiful flowers everywhere.
We were alone, and he took me in his arms for a very tender embrace, and then got down on one knee and asked “Veux-tu m’épouser?” I think I was very much caught off guard and completely overwhelmed with emotion that I could not utter any words. Completely speechless. Apparently, I kept staring wide-eyed at him, so he stood up, to make sure I was ok… which made me realize that I still hadn’t responded at all. He got down on one knee again and asked a second time to which I finally responded “OUI!”
I believe I startled giggling like a little girl and then burst into the happiest of tears.
The rest of the day was such a blur… I think we both were riding on a high. The bride and groom for the wedding that was going to take place that same day had asked me to sing for their wedding ceremony. So we had to rush back to the house to get ready but my nerves for the singing had vanished. I did tell Romain though, that I couldn’t see him during the ceremony because I would just start crying while I sang beautiful sentimental love songs, and that would not be a pretty sight. The atmosphere at the wedding was so full of love, I was crying on and off the whole day. We were able to celebrate with so many friends and enjoy the amazing champagne in the Champagne region. It was such a whirlwind experience. The rest of our time in France we were visiting other family and celebrating another wedding of another one of Romain’s best friends, so it truly felt like a continuous two-week celebration of love and happiness.
I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have found my best friend and partner for life in one amazing man. I am so incredibly looking forward to our wedding day in Paris this July!