Kelsey and Blane
How We Met
We were introduced by my best friend who was dating her roommate. It was my second week of college, and I was definitely NOT looking to get into a relationship. We were at Denny’s late on a Saturday night and she looked at me and said, ” I have someone I want you to meet!!” We went over to their house, but he wasn’t home yet so we hung out in the living room for 20 minutes until he got home. When he walked in the front door, yet whole universe stopped! I remember what he was wearing, what he smelled like, and the smile he had when he walked in. I knew right then and there that he was my person!! Years later he admitted to me that he was in the middle of dinner with friends when his roommate texted him: ” you HAVE to come home. There’s some girl here to meet you!” He dropped everything, left his friends at dinner, and rushed home. We stayed up until 5 in the morning the night we met talking about everything and we say we both went to sleep knowing that we found the person we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with! He asked me to be his girlfriend two weeks later and we dated for over 5 years before he asked!
How He Asked
We were on our first international vacation together, starting in London and ending in Paris! We spent the first days in London exploring the city and seeing all of the sights: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the British Museum. The days were beautiful and the nights were romantic! We arrived in Paris on Wednesday and took a quick tour of the city before going to bed. His alarm woke us up at 8 in the morning on Thursday and I said, “it’s my vacation! I don’t want to wake up early!” So I lounged in bed while he got up and got ready. He kept telling me to hurry up because he wanted to get a Parisian breakfast, but wouldn’t tell me where because it was a surprise! So I eventually got up, took my time getting ready while he paced around the room, checking his email every two seconds, and use google maps. I didn’t think anything of it, I had just assumed he was looking for directions to the breakfast he had planned! We finally left the room and began walking. We walked across the oldest bridge in Paris, passed the Notre Dame, and walked across the river bank of the Seine. He took me down a bridge to be next to the water of the River. We were walking and I asked if he was taking me to a breakfast on a boat?? And he said “yes I am! You figured it out!”
We kept walking because he said he was looking for the boat but it “under two more bridges.” We got so far down the river bank that there was no one around us, just someone up ahead who was taking photos of the scenery. My boyfriend turned to me, and said “I didn’t bring you here for breakfast, I brought you here to ask you to spend the rest of your life with me” and got down on one knee!!
He pulled out the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen and put it on my finger!! I don’t even remember what I said because I was crying my eyes out from happiness!!! Next thing I know, the man with the camera came running over to us and said with the cutest French accent: “Kelsey, Blane, Congratulations!!!” Blane had arranged a photographer to capture his proposal and spent the morning coordinating with him where he was supposed to meet us! We took our engagement photos in front of the River Seine with the Notre Dame in the background. It was the happiest day of my life!! After we finished our session and we’re walking away, he told me that he knew from the second we booked our trip that he knew he wanted to do it in Paris.
He spoke with the photographer for weeks before planning the perfect time and location to ask, and worked with a jeweler to get me the ring of my dreams, all within a few weeks!! He pulled off the best surprise proposal I had ever heard of, and it was mine!!!! I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with the man of my dreams and return to Paris on our honeymoon to celebrate where we decided to spend the rest of our lives together!!