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BunchesDirect is currently can running a contest for the best engagement story we can find. The winner will receive a $1000 Shopping Spree for Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect!

We’ll be unveiling the entries over the next little while as we receive them. Here’s Ashley S’ entry., with a story that has us feeling a certain ‘joie de vivre.’

 

On March 7th 2013 my life changed forever! But that’s only half of it.

When my fiancé, Eric and I tell the story of our engagement we always hear the same two responses, “Awe” and “Oh My Gosh! That’s hilarious!” We took a two week vacation roaming around Europe. First main destination! Paris, of course! Yes I know, “Awe, the city of love and light!” However the adventure of traveling to Paris and the proposal is the hilarious part.

To begin we had a two hour layover in Chicago. As we were finally buckling up in the plane to head to our flight destination, London, our excitement level was insane; even though we had eight hours of being on a plane ahead of us. As we sat their waiting to hear, “Cabin door is closed” over the intercom, we started to think, “What is taking so long?” After what felt like a life time we were told we had to get off the plane and wait in the gating area until further notice. After FOUR hours of moving to three different gates we finally were able to get on a different plane. Come to find out the reason we had to deplane was a broken intercom speaker. It was torturous! By the time we got on the plane we were exhausted. Did I mention I very much dislike flying and I refuse to get out of my seat for any reason what so ever?! Yes, I didn’t move from my seat for the entire flight. That was fun!

Eight exhausting hours later we finally landed in London rushing around the entire airport trying to figure out how to get to the train station. Upon arriving at the train station we started to feel a little relief, but of course that didn’t last long. We ended up hanging out at the train station for six more hours before we were able to get on our three and half hour train ride to Paris.

The time came! Paris!! We took a taxi ride from the train station to our hotel, which was only 3 miles from the Eiffel Tower. I have to say, New York City taxi drivers have nothing on Paris taxi drivers. I was terrified for our lives. The driver was a nose hair close to hitting everything in sight.

Ashley & Eric at the Eiffel TowerWe arrived at our hotel, took a much needed shower then headed to see the Eiffel Tower. Oh my how breath taking the tower is. I was in a complete “Awe” moment. Mesmerizing!! Eric and I were all snuggle-snuggle while looking at the tower from a distance. Eric was standing behind me; I noticed he was breathing very heavily and shaking. I thought to myself, “Holy crap! what’s wrong with you? We’re in a foreign county. Please don’t get sick on me!!” I turned to him to make sure he was okay. He then knelt down on one knee and said, “I’ve been waiting awhile to do this… Will you marry me, Ashley?” “Yes”, I exclaimed as I’m balling my eyes out. The fun doesn’t stop there!

After taking a couple photos we hunted for somewhere to eat dinner. Apparently all the restaurants in Paris close at 9pm. We searched and searched, passing by every closed bar, restaurant, and café in the entire vicinity. Where were we to eat? Our engagement dinner was at the nearest McDonalds. I never thought that the golden arches could ever feel so romantic but in fact when under a Paris night’s sky it is. Good stuff, huh?! As we were eating Eric decided to tell me I was carrying the engagement ring the entire time in my book bag. I had no idea! Needless to say, I love sharing my engagement story and will forever remember this perfect situation. It just goes to show you that no matter what may happen in life your outlook on a situation can change bad to good to great in a matter of hours.

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BunchesDirect is currently can running a contest for the best engagement story we can find. The winner will receive a $1000 Shopping Spree for Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect!

We’ll be unveiling the entries over the next little while as we receive them. Up first: Brittany E., with a cold-weather proposal that is nonetheless very heartwarming:

 

March 5th, 2013 was a cold and snowy day, here in Wyoming. We had just had a big snow storm, and the whole town was covered in that fluffy, white snowfall. My town is a small town, and we live right next to a mountain. The amount of snow that we were graced with was enough to make our little town look like a picture for a Christmas card. It was beautiful. But it was spring!

My boyfriend, Mike, had been planning to take me on a picnic on the mountain, for the weekend, and the snow was always too cold for me. He drove me up the mountain anyway. On the way up, I kept making suggestions for us to stop at, but he kept turning those down. I was so hungry though! I just wanted to stop anywhere and eat! He could see that I was getting a little frustrated, but he wanted the perfect place to eat, so we could have the perfect view. I thought he was nuts. We are just eating. I hadn’t eaten all day, and I was grouchy, so I finally just made him pull over to a place that most people probably didn’t know was there. It was a small opening, surrounded by trees…and a radio tower. It was the least romantic place on that mountain. But I was so hungry and I didn’t know we needed a romantic place. I had no idea what was about to come.

After we finished eating, Mike suggested that we go on a walk. Again, I refused. “Babe, it’s freezing out there. We also have no idea what is beyond those trees. Let’s just go home,” is what I probably said. I am a big baby when it comes to the cold. However, Mike insisted that we go for a walk, and we made a compromise. We would go for a walk, but in a place that we are both more familiar with.

So, he drove us down to a place that people in our town call “The Falls”. In the summer, and most of spring, it is a small place surrounded by trees that has a little water fall off of the mountain. It is actually beautiful, surrounded by green trees, with a bridge over a small stream that is positioned just in front of the water fall-that is surrounded by rock. It really is a small piece of heaven. We couldn’t drive very close to the place, because it was closed due to the snow. So, we parked the car and got out. Mike wasn’t wearing his coat, so I went to the back seat to get it and he promptly said, “No! I will get it!” I would later find out that that is where he put the ring he proposed to me with.

“Babe, I am right here, it’s fine, I can get you your coat,” I said. He wouldn’t let me get the coat. So he grabbed it himself, and we set off on our small hike to The Falls. On the way, I noticed that Mike was a little quiet, so I tried to see what was going on. He insisted that it was nothing and that he was just thinking. We finally got to the spot. I am very terrified of being on bridges, so Mike had to coax me out to the middle of it, holding my hand the whole way. I felt safe with him though, so when we got to the middle (my least favorite place on a bridge) I was able to relax as he stood there behind me, holding me.

The view that we had was amazing. There was a blanket of snow all around us, covering the trees and the ground. The waterfall was frozen in motion. The only picture that I have of that moment is the one that will be in my mind forever. I turned to Mike and hugged him, and then he took a step back. He started talking about how he wanted me to help him with his plans, and then he got down on one knee. I was like that waterfall, frozen in motion. We both forgot what he said, exactly, except for the ending when he said, “Brittney Elliott, will you marry me?” I grabbed him off the ground and pulled him to me and told him that of course I would.

We didn’t tell very many people right away because I wanted to hold on to that moment, just for myself, for a little bit longer. It was the perfect proposal for me. I am a very private and shy person, so having that intimate moment with just myself and my best friend, and love of my life, was the perfect moment.

- Brittany E.