I am enjoying the process of editing the trip photos and will be blogging about the whole experience over the course of the next few weeks. It was life-changing for me and I can't wait to relive it here with all of you.
Shall we begin?
On our first full day in France, we ventured to Versailles. Even though we only had three days to spend in Paris, we agreed that fitting in a half-day trip to the iconic palace and gardens was a non-negotiable must. (Especially for Tiho, although of course, I didn't realize to what extent).
I was completely stupified by the building facades. The palace exterior and grounds were rich with intricate detail. Positively awe-inducing.
We headed to the gardens and strolled aimlessly, simply taking it all in.
By this point, the sun was high in the sky and it was hot. I was feeling like all I wanted was a cold drink of water and a place to sit down. Tiho was getting nervous that I was going to suggest leaving before he had a chance to do his thing. We found our way to the flower gardens so I could take some photos while he quickly reconfigured his "plan," since the specific locale he had in mind wasn't going to work out. (Obviously, I knew none of this until later).
I swear to God, the world seemed to stop.
Because there he was: down on one knee, holding a box with a ring. With a big smile, he looked up at me and asked, simply, "Will you marry me?" I screamed and squealed and started jumping up and down. "Yes!"
He slid the ring on my finger (oh, the ring!) and we immediately embraced. I should mention that my man can kiss. Like, whoa baby. In that moment though, those familiar kisses felt brand new. This person--this man I love so much it hurts--asked me to be his wife. He is going to be my husband. I can't describe that feeling.
And that, my dears, is one of the thousands of reasons why I love him.
I am deliriously happy and can't wait to continue to share our love story as we plan our wedding in the coming months.
P.S. Remember the surprise french picnic Tiho planned back in February? Foreshadow.