Elise and DeSimone

How We Met: We met on NYE 2010 in a pub in Paris.  He is Australian and I am American. I walked into the bar, spotted him, and [with a little liquid courage] I walked across a table just so that I could sit next to him.  Only minutes before midnight, we ran up the hill to the the Sacre Coeur and he kissed me at midnight as fireworks exploded over the whole city of Paris. We high-fived when we parted ways but stayed in touch over the next 6 months.  After he came to the states on a previously planned trip, we met up once again and he spontaneously bought me a one way ticket to Australia. Five years, four cities, three continents, two pets, and one proposal later I’m engaged to my best friend and the man of my dreams.  He still makes me swoon everyday!

How He Asked: It was his 30th birthday and we planned a trip to the Bahamas to celebrate. We boarded our ship and as night fell I started to feel really sea sick. We went to the top deck of the boat to get some fresh air, and I decided to lay down in one of the beach chairs. He asked multiple times if I would stand up near the railing with him and told me that he promised I would feel better if I did. I rallied and gave myself a mini motion sickness pep talk so that we could enjoy the last few hours of his 30th together. When I got up, I asked him if he’d had a good day so far – he said, ‘almost,’ and then told me that the only thing he wanted for his birthday was for me to spend the rest of his life with him. He then got down on BOTH knees and asked me to marry him. How did I get so lucky?!