Oana and Fran

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How We Met

We have met at a party 8 years ago in northern France, being exchange students both of us. We became very fast madly in love with each other, but life kept us apart until recently when we could move together to Paris, the most romantic city in the universe.

Oana means everything to me, she is the smartest, most caring person and I’m deeply in love with her.

I hope it is not a problem if I tell the story from the perspective of the gentleman.

how they asked

My name is Fran and I’m a wedding photographer in Paris. I capture surprise proposals on a daily basis as my job and I thought it is going to be very easy. But as we got closer to the date, my nervousness only grew

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We have been together for 8 years and we were never enthusiastic about getting married. Until recently. As I take engagement photos and photos of beautiful diamond rings, my girlfriend always comments on them. Recently, every time she saw a ring she would say something about it and then show me the one she liked. It started to become not only a subtle suggestion, but an “In your face” invitation to propose :)

We are very busy with our jobs and we love to travel and she is crazy in love with the beach. So I knew that the perfect proposal would be on the beach, ideally at sunset. So we booked our Christmas and New Years Eve trip to Palawan, the Philippines.

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I kept the ring in my pocket/bag every day, looking for the perfect moment that never came, until 2 days before the end of the trip. We took an Island Hopping tour in El Nido, one of the most romantic places on the earth. It is magical, with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters, everywhere you go you feel like you are on your own secluded private beach. When we arrived on the last beach, called Seven Commando Beach, I took her for a romantic stroll on the beach and we looked for shells.

As I wanted the proposal to be perfect, I wrote down a few things that I wanted to say during the proposal. So I told her what made me fall in love with her the first time we met and about when I realized that she’s the woman I want to spend my life with. My heart was beating so hard, I thought it is going to brake my chest.

Finally, I took the ring out of the pocket and placed it in a shell. Went on my knee and asked her to marry me. She said yes, bursting into tears and I couldn’t wipe the big smile off my face :) We were engaged !

Before our stroll on the beach, I asked our friend who is an enthusiast photographer, to take a few paparazzi style photos of us. Little did she know that the photos will turn out to be our proposal pictures

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