Eddy and Elhana

How We Met: The funny thing about how we met is that we were around each other many times through mutual friends and family, so we knew of each other, but never really spoke to each other before. Out of the blue one day he messaged me and we started talking about his motorcycle and I said “Take me for a ride one day”. In which he replied, “Will do, be ready!” I never thought much about it until one day I got a message “This weekend let’s ride!” We spent our first date riding on his new motorcycle around Chicago. It was my first time on a bike, and instead of sitting in my seat, I was so scared, I made him share his seat with me! Since it was our first date, he didn’t say anything about it.

But eventually it came out how painful it was. During that time, I was getting ready to leave for vacation in Montenegro for seven weeks. Coincidentally, he had already booked a “boys trip” to Montenegro as well. Even though we didn’t spend seven weeks together in Montenegro, we did spend two weeks together. Two weeks is all it took for us to fall madly in love with each other. It’s safe to say that it went “boys trip” to “couples trip” real quick. I guess one could say our love began on the shores of the Adriatic Sea in a small town in Montenegro. This is special to us because that is the exact place each of our parents fell in love and eventually married.

How He Asked: We’re a couple that likes to travel. After visiting Dubai, Amsterdam, and Paris this summer we decided to return to Paris to revisit some of the places we had the pleasure of seeing our first time there. We always wake up early to take pictures because we find that the early morning time is the best time if you want to beat the crowd. We dressed up a little (Nothing unusual since we do this occasionally) and walked towards the Eiffel Tower. After taking a few pictures of each other, Eddy asked me if I wanted a picture of us two and I said yes.

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So he asked the closest lady to us if she could take a picture of us. She took my phone and captured one picture of us and then Eddy looked at me and in the way he said my name I knew what was about to happen. He got down on one knee and honestly to this day neither of us can remember what was said.

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After we finished crying and hugging, I looked back to get my phone and I saw the woman no longer had my phone in her hand and instead had her professional camera out with her! Eddy had planned this all way before! He prearranged this photographer from Chicago and sent her a photo of us so she would be able to recognize us. He specifically picked the spot in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower called Trocadero after a club in Montenegro where we first went out together!

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He put much thought and detail and after processing it all, naturally….I started to cry (happy tears) again.

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