How We Met
As most young people do these days, my fiance and I met through an online dating site.
I had tried the online dating before and was disappointed with the results. After I deleted my Plenty of Fish account for the second or third time, I talked to a friend who had recently started a relationship with a man she met through Plenty of Fish. On June 28th, 2013 I made a new Plenty of Fish account, but I wasn’t expecting to find my soulmate
I received my first message from Todd on June 30th. We had an instant connection and shortly after that first message we exchanged numbers and began texting each other constantly. Our first date was pizza and a movie on July 3rd, 2013 and we were an official couple on July 8th, 2013. This date was important, which Todd romantically pointed out, because it was both of our birthdays put together (July 19th + November 8th = July 8th)
Our first of many “I love yous” was said after two short weeks of dating. Conveniently it was Todd’s aforementioned birthday on the 19th and Krista wrote “I love you” in his birthday card (nice and passive aggressive on her part) and Todd responded with the first spoken “I love you”.
From then on we have been inseparable and completely in love. We are both incredibly sappy romantics, sometimes referred to as “gag-me romantic”. When waking up together in the morning, Todd would say things like “I must have died in my sleep last night, because I just woke up in heaven” and I completely love stuff like that.
how they asked
When the time finally came for Todd to ask me to marry him (after maybe one or two very subtle reminders from me) Todd planned the most unexpected and unbelievable international proposal ever!
Todd and I had discussed marriage in depth pretty much since day one of dating. So we actually had the majority of the wedding planned before the proposal even happened.
We both knew we wanted to get married and that we wanted our wedding date to be on our dating anniversary (which was on a Saturday in 2017). So we went ahead with the planning while I (not very patiently) waited for Todd to propose. I know now why it took him so long- the amount of planning that went into the proposal is incredible.
Knowing that I was expecting a proposal, Todd worked really hard to still surprise me in a big way. He told me that we were going on a shopping trip to the United States (we live in Canada) at the end of May and that I needed time off work and a passport.
I saw through the “shopping trip” lie pretty quick and guessed that it had more to do with him proposing than going shopping. This was good because I was able to get my hair done, my nails done, pack nice clothes and everything in preparation of the mystery trip.
The night before we were supposed to leave for our trip, we sat with my parents in their living room and Todd handed me an envelope. Inside the envelope was a flight itinerary for a trip from Toronto to PARIS!!!!
If you are reading this and you don’t know me I should probably explain how much I am in love with Paris. Audrey Hepburn is my idol in life and, at 26 years old, I still sleep with an Eiffel Tower duvet. Most of the things I own are Paris themed from our bathroom decor to our plates and placemats. I had never been to Paris but I had dreamed of going for most of my life and now Todd was making that dream come true.
The next evening we boarded a 7:40pm plane to Paris and I was so excited I felt like my lungs were going to collapse. After only an hour of sleep on the plane, Todd and I arrived in Paris at 9am local time and took a cab to the hotel. Our room wasn’t ready so we changed out of our comfy airplane clothes, stashed our luggage with the hotel and set out to explore Paris.
Todd had already been to Paris and so he led me on a walk from our hotel down passed the Arc de Triomphe down to Trocadero Square. As we walked between the buildings I saw the Eiffel Tower for the first time in real life and I started to bawl my eyes out. It is so much more magnificent in person than I ever imagined- even with it plastered on everything I own. We went to a food stand at the corner of the square where a photographer came up and started talking to Todd. Todd told me that he had planned for us to have professional photos taken in front of the Eiffel Tower. We walked down the stairs towards the fountains and stopped as the photographer positioned us for various pictures. When we got down to the first level of fountains the photographer told us to walk out on the wall for a picture, I didn’t notice at the time (because I was obviously overwhelmed) but apparently the photographer mentioned something about the lighting being good which was the code they had set up so Todd would know he was ready to photograph the proposal.
We walked out on the wall and the photographer asked us to hold hands and look at each other. This is when Todd dropped to his knee and said some very romantic things about wanting to travel with me forever and how much he loves me (it’s such a blur to think about now) he took the ring out of his pocket and asked if I would marry him and I said ‘of course I will’. He slipped the most incredible ring on my finger and the people nearby cheered and congratulated us.
The ring is a custom ring designed and made by my sister-in-law. The band is shaped to look like the Eiffel Tower. I’ll write more about it in the ring section.
So the man of my dreams made all of my dreams come true when he proposed to me with an Eiffel Tower ring in front of the Eiffel Tower- I still can’t believe it!