Kristen and Max

Kristen and Max web-34How we met: Max and I met at the beginning of our first semester of college.  Despite having very different majors, by chance we ended up in the same room for orientation.  This is where Max first saw me and as he always says, it was love at first sight.  I did not get to know him until weeks later.  By our first kiss, I knew he was the one.  And since our first date we’ve been in love.

After college we both moved to pursue our studies and we dated long distance for over two years.  One thing that makes us unique is that we are an interfaith couple.  We practice different faiths and find beauty in each of our worldviews.  Sometimes that is not easy for others to understand but it is something that has only brought us closer.  Through it all he is always by my side. Max is the sweetest, kindest man, and I am so blessed to call him mine!

How he asked: When we planned our trip to Paris I was secretly wishing and hoping that it would be the place where Max proposed. Everything about Paris is so utterly romantic. Our trip took place at the end of November so it was a bit chilly, but still nice enough to walk around every day and explore bakeries, museums, and cafes.

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Max let me know he wanted us to visit the Eiffel Tower at a certain time.  Right away I thought this was strange because Max is more of the spontaneous type and does not plan things down to the exact hour.  Nonetheless, I assumed he was being sweet because he knew the number one thing I wanted to see was the Eiffel Tower light up at night.

It was only the third day of our trip and we were spending the day at the Musee d’Orsay followed by a visit to the Jardins du Trocadero- a lovely garden that has an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower.  I was so focused on getting to the Eiffel Tower on time to see everything light up!  We rushed to the metro and hopped from train to train slowly making our way to Trocadero.  The whole time Max was so calm.  When we arrived at our final destination he walked rather slowly and casually through the metro tunnel as we made our way outside.  Little did I know, a photographer was waiting for us to arrive and Max had to walk slowly in order to make eye contact with her as she would be following us all the way up until the big moment!

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Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time was breathtaking.  The crowds were large, but not too crazy.  Max had his arm around me and we were just gazing, taking in the stunning view.  I thought we should move so I could get better photos with my phone so we made our way down a long set of steps where amazingly enough, not a single person was standing.

We stood there, arms wrapped around each other, and Max started to tell me he wanted to spend his life with me.  What happened next was the most magical moment of my life!  He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife! I saw my gorgeous ring and just froze.  I was weak in the knees! I said, “YES!”

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We hugged and kissed.  Seconds later Max whispered in my ear, “Do you hear that noise?” Suddenly my ears focused in on the sound of a camera shutter clicking!  Lindsey, a local photographer who specializes in proposal photography, was standing there snapping photos of us.  I will cherish these photos for forever!

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After the proposal we took a walk to a Christmas market that was going on near the Arc de Triomphe.  We got hot chocolate, gifts for family, and had a lovely dinner.  It was a day I will always remember.

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A fun fact I like to share is that earlier that day at Musee d’Orsay all jackets had to be taken off before entering through the metal detectors.  I didn’t know it at the time, but my ring was in Max’s coat pocket!  He had dashed over to a line far away from me to go through security so I would not see my ring!

Photos by Lindsey of Pictours Paris