Shannon and Michael

imageMichael and I met my senior year of high school. I knew the moment I met him, there was something different about him and I wanted him in my life. His sister introduced us, even though I was only 17 at the time and he was 22. We emailed for a month straight, and then finally met in person for the first time at my school’s homecoming basketball game. I just happened to be on the homecoming court that year and it could not have been a more perfect time to meet. I’ll never forget the first time I laid eyes on him, it was like love at first sight. We hit it off immediately and had such a fun time that night. And the rest is history…he’s now my best friend and love of my life.

Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been really obsessed with Paris and the Eiffel Tower and my dream was to one day get engaged there….but eventually I realized that would probably never happen. ;)

It was the summer of 2014 and Michael had been telling me for weeks about this conference he was speaking at and asked me to go with him. I got off work and agreed to go. It was a formal event, so we were both dressed up in nice clothes. The church he was speaking at was about two hours away, but seemed like much longer! When we were finally about ten minutes away, Michael pulled over to put his suit and tie on, at what seemed to be this small little park. When he got out of the car, he told me that he had been to this park before and wanted to show me because it had a beautiful view up this hill. We were almost going to be late, and it was the end of June so I was already complaining about how hot it was, the last thing I wanted to do was walk up some big hill in super high heels. He eventually got me to agree to come with him, butimagethen he said he wanted to blind fold me to make it more exciting when I see the beautiful view for the first time. I kept hesitating at first, but finally agreed to let him blind fold me. I grabbed on to his arm and he began to lead me up this giant dirt hill. We finally reached the top and he placed me at this certain spot and told me not to move. Michael took the blind fold off of me, and I opened my eyes to this giant Eiffel Tower standing in front of me, over looking this beautiful lake. Still having no idea what was going on, I just thought he was showing me this beautiful Eiffel Tower he came across. I began to freak out, going on and on about how beautiful it was. Before I could get any more words out, Michael grabbed my hands and all the sudden, our song began to play and I looked around and noticed I was standing in the middle of all these candles lit around me. He began to go on and on about how much he loved me and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Right at the end of his speech he said, “Your dream has always been to get engaged in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower and we’re actually in Paris, Michigan right now!” I started to cry as he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I never in a million years thought I would meet a guy who is so caring and thoughtful and did everything he could to make my dreams come true. I now believe in fairy tales….