Friday, June 8, 2012

My Love Affair With Paris

Paris...
The City of Love will always hold the most special place in my heart...
For 14 years ago, my husband Tom surprised me with the most romantic wedding proposal there ~
And I am sharing it with you from my little "memento" book
 I had made...it seems so long ago,and yet I feel as if I were there right now!

We were there for my Mother's birthday...both she and my sister lived in Paris for several years...

En route to a touristy visit to la Tour Eiffel...
(or so I thought...)


At the table reserved at Jules Verne, near the top, a magnum of champagne arrived in front of me...I was not paying too much attention, the poor waiter...(and poor Tom!)...The cork was popped, and the bottle was set in front of me... I finally saw that there was a bracelet (similar to one of my Grandmother's that I had always wanted) on the neck of the bottle...I took it off, and looked at the engraving on the inside...

"Marry me...Love Tom"

And that was the beginning of one of the best days of my life...the champagne continued to flow, we were flying high...!


xox





We had the most amazing dinner that night at Buddha Bar, and danced on the tables...even my Grandmother!

Tired as I was, we were up bright and early the next morning, to shop for my ring (he was smart enough to let me choose)...
Off to the vintage jewelry shops we went...
and fell in love with one right away!




Of course the following days my mind was filled with nothing but weddings...and that continued for quite a while ( 15 months, poor Tom)...

My beautiful ring that I adore ~



And that is my love story with and in Paris...
I just love romance!

Please visit all of the other fabulous bloggers celebrating Anita from Castles Crowns and Cottages' "Simply Irresistable" party celebrating Paris and love HERE ...

The party goes on from June 8 to June 15 ~

My Pinterest Boards are all Paris themed this week too..
Follow me and I shall Follow you down the Champs Elysees!

xo,
Nathalie

37 comments:

  1. Such a beautifully romantic post...and touching photographs and your ring is exquisite...so pleased I've found your lovely blog.
    I'm joining the party in Paris...please pop by ;-)
    Catherine
    http://www.catherinerobinsoncashmere.com

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  2. Thank you for sharing your romantic trip to Paris, how fabulous!!!!

    ~ Violet

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  3. Oh chere Nathalie, your beautiful love story made me cry!
    How wildly romantic!!
    Just beautiful....thank you so much for sharing this precious memory.
    Have fun in Paris today, sweet friend!
    Bisous,
    - Irina

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  4. Nathalie... this Paris post was perfection... What a wonderful memory and thank you for including us... Happy weekend... xv

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  5. It is great to met you here in Paris ....enjoy your stay...what a great party !!!! love Ria...xxx

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  6. Nathalie this is the most romantic story ever!! This journey to Paris with my blog friends is so wonderful!

    Anita's Parisian Party
    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  7. This is by far the most romantic post I have read so far! You lived every girl's dream on this day of 1998; a girl could't ask for anything better, indeed! Thank you for sharing and thank you for visiting me ( it was quite a challenge get my family involved in my Paris picnic, but we certainly had fun :)
    What a wonderful idea of Anita to connect us all throughout the City of Light

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  8. This is a wonderful party to hear all Paris stories. I adore your engagement story and pictures. So exciting and I felt a tear well up too. How special to get to pick out your a vintage engagement ring in Paris! It is beautiful! I've been to Paris three times but am ready to go again.

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  9. nathalie, this was so sweet. thank you for sharing your pictures... i love to see "real" pictures with other pictures as well.. makes it personal and special to me!
    hugs~

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  10. ANOTHER HEART felt and original post!!! Oh Natalie, I am having such a blast here this evening! I had a late start since I had to be in my classroom today! But I am done with school now!!!!

    This is so fun. Your own Eiffel Tower experience that has now lasted a life time. You can truly say that La Tour is part of your lives.....WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    MERCI MON AMIE and see you again; this is only the beginning for me as I take the week to savor you all! Anita

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  11. Hi Nathalie,

    Was lovely to meet you and discover your blog.
    Also to read the romantic way your husband proposed and loved seeing your beautiful photographs. Love the fabulous vintage ring.

    Happy weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  12. Hi Nathalie,
    What a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing your Paris memories with us. Your is truly a romantic Paris.

    Great to meet you and now following!
    Have a great weekend :-)
    Di
    X

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  13. Oh this post is wonderful, told so beautifully and the pictures to go along with the story completes the fairytale!!

    LOVE your ring!!

    What a special story you have to tell!

    I am now a follower, and I would like to invite you over to my blog to be entered in my blog giveaway.

    XOXO
    Dessa Rae

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  14. i am dabbing my eyes with my handkerchief.. this is such a beautiful beautiful tale. your husband sounds like an absolute dreamboat and what a very special lady you are!
    this is one of the happiest and most romantic stories i have ever heard and it does the heart good to read. you are such a beautiful couple too!
    thank you so much for your kind comment, it was a joy to find it this morning and it's even more of a pleasure to come here and find your sweet blog.
    thank you so much for sharing this wonderful and momentous occasion with us, am still dabbing my eyes here.
    i shall be back to read more posts in the future.
    my warmest wishes to you xxx

    dorothy

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  15. Bonjout Nathalie!
    What a absolutely beautiful Love Story!!! We are a family of wedding photographers and hear them all, but this is the BEST!! You were [ are] a darling couple, too. And I love your ring! I have a '30s Art Deco wedding ring,as well!
    I will follow you and look forward to reading more lovely stories like this!
    Amitiiiés!
    dawne

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  16. Bonjour mon ami! That is a lovely story, I began to tear a little too!
    Anita's Parisian soiree is so wonderful.. meeting many new bloggers with the same passion for Paris.
    xoxo, B

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  17. What a lovely story... I got engaged in Paris as well... the surprise of my life! It was a great time but no pictures to show! It brings back so many memories. Thanks to Anita for bringing us all together in PAris!

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  18. Salut ma chere amie!
    Oh my goodness...look at all of these lovely friends...this is great fun! MERCI ANITA!
    Your family is from Quebec...
    Thank you so much, Nathalie, for the message!
    I visited Montreal many years ago...I fell in love with it as well. I would LOVE to go back and explore more of the area, so very beautiful.
    And Italiano...let's see if I can remember...come state oggi ragazze? hee...
    That's about all I remember from college..I'd love to take it up again...la bella Italia!
    Ciao, bellissima! ;)
    xoxo,
    - Irina

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  19. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL ROMANTIC story!!!
    I love adore this....what a Great guy to go that distance to Propose!!!!
    Nothing more then that for creating lasting memories!!!
    hugs,
    jamie--mimi
    love this fun party we are all having!!

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  20. Love your Paris love story here! So pretty, the way you presented it - very nice! Will follow you along - thank you for visiting me!

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  21. Oh, that made my heart sing when I read about the champagne bottle and the bracelet, and the fact that it looked just like your grandma's made it even more special. What an original idea your husband thought of. It is a reminder to me that my daughter will be going to this romantic city and will be making a memory or two herself. Thank you for the beautiful story. It's so nice to meet new friends.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  22. G'day Nathalie.
    After the buildup to the purchase of the ring, you had me hanging on every word!
    I am SO glad that you posted a pickie of your amazing engagment ring, to share it's beauty and uniqueness with us.
    Your wedding propsal was so romantic! LUCKY girl! What fabulous memories for you.
    Great Paris post!
    ~Vicki

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  23. Awe...I'm a sap for romance as well! Thanks for sharing your special engagement in Paris. Your ring is GORGEOUS I might add.

    I'm having fun visiting the party participants. I hope you have a lovely week!

    Heidi

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  24. Hello sweet Nathalie, how wonderful to read this beautiful love story. Talk about a dreamy engagement. Oh my!! I felt like I was reading a beautiful romance novel. I am so happy to have met you through Anita's party...and thank you for stopping by and saying hello, love.
    MUAH!
    Marcia

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  25. Bonjour Nathalie,
    A perfect and very romantic addition to dear Anita's Paris party.. You both look so happy, what a beautiful couple you make.. I love how he proposed to you..
    Thank you so much for your most welcome visit and kinds words about Bebe..
    Wishing you a beautiful week.
    Penny

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  26. What a sweet couple and story! Hi Nathalie! I really had just written about the many people I know and have heard of who have started their lives together at, on or near the Eiffel Tower and then I came over and read your post so had to add you in mine! Such a lovely story! I'm late to the party so just starting to make the rounds now. Luckily we have a week! Happy Party Time! Thanks for coming by. Have missed you!
    A bientot!
    Kirsten
    P.S. Now I really want to know more about what your mother and sister were doing in Paris and how long they were there!

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  27. OH La La!! what a wonderful and romantic love story!! Truly a magical moment for you both. May you be blessed with a trip to Paris in the very near future...Hugs xo HHL

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  28. how beautiful, how romantic...! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story Nathalie, you guys make a gorgeous couple xx

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  29. What fun...and sooo romantic...I have nver been but I am wishing! xoxoo

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  30. Hi ~ What a beautiful post on Paris!!! You have a very special husband indeed to purpose to you as he did, the bracelet idea is so beautiful as well.

    God Bless You Today & Always~
    Michele
    Pearl 13.1

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  31. Ah, c'est tres gentile to see and hear about your own Paris story! Lovely pictures. Also very nice to discover your blog, merci Anita for "introducing" us all to each other.

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  32. That is a lovely story of Paris and love. Merci, Mary

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  33. Dear Nathalie,
    What a glorious story of your engagement. It is something to make you smile for years to come. I too have many fond memories of Paris, but none quite as romantic as this.

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  34. Oh so wonderful and romantic.Loved hearing your story-Thank you-Denise

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  35. Hi Nathalie, your name is beautiful. That's why my daughter is called Nathalie :) I love your story and photos. What a wonderful engagement!!!!!!!!!

    Kristin xx

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