Stephanie and Will
how we met
Stephanie and I met by an act of fate. We started working at the same company in the summer of 2014 but did not really get to know each other until November of 2014. We both attended a happy hour in honor of a coworker who was leaving the company. While at the happy hour I was flirting here and there with her and teasing her about a few things. I wanted to know her a little more and find out if she was available so I made a comment about people being single and she indicated she was in fact single. I was shocked and more than a little excited but I played it cool. She ended up messaging me and sending me a flirty message so of course I asked for her number. We never looked back after that.
Our first date was to a popular Mexican restaurant for dinner and drinks. We hit it off immediately and couldn’t get enough of each other. We soon were spending a significant amount of time together and got to see each other both at work and at home. Stephanie is the most genuine, loving, caring, selfless and inquisitive person I’ve ever known. I was in love with her beautiful heart immediately and could not get enough. I introduced her to my family after only a few dates and they loved her as well. I knew she was the one so quickly that I knew it was meant to be. Deciding on a Paris engagement was destiny.
how he asked
After several months of dating, Stephanie opened up about her grandmother (who she called mamere which is mother in French but as a young girl she couldn’t pronounce grand mamere) who had recently passed. Her mamere was a world traveler who had been to every continent and hundreds of cities throughout the world. Her favorite city in the world by far was Paris. She visited Paris over 20 times in her life and brought Stephanie when she was 11. One of her grandmother’s dying wishes which she told Stephanie verbally and left in her will was to have her ashes spread at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Her mamere wanted nothing more than for Stephanie to find love and marry the man of her dreams. I could not imagine a bigger sign or a more perfect moment for a proposal than in Paris in front of where her grandmothers ashes would be spread hours later.
We planned a Europe trip which included a stop in London prior to a Paris train ride. I googled surprise engagement photographers in Paris and happened to find Lindsey who turned out to be the perfect photographer for the moment. I also had to find a ring so I contacted my best friend in the world whose father is a close family friend. They custom built a ring just for Stephanie in a classic, elegant style and I knew she would be blown away. Lindsey and I communicated back and forth for months prior to the engagement and when the moment finally came, she captured it flawlessly and beautifully. We are so thankful we found her. On our trip we had zero sun the whole 5 days prior to the engagement but on the morning of, the sun was shining brightly and the clouds cleared.
We like to think this was her mamere smiling down on us. It was a truly spectacular and emotional moment. After the proposal we went on a personal Eiffel Tower tour where we had a moment at the top of the tower and sprinkled the ashes slowly in to the brisk Paris air. Her dying wish had been fulfilled and it happened to be on the most happy and sentimental day of our lives.
We were thrilled and happy to honor her life with our love and leave her ashes in the city she loved more than anything else, besides Stephanie. We are so excited for this next chapter and will always remember Paris as the most beautiful, romantic city in the world where our own personal fairytale became reality.