The Whole Sparkling Story…

{Celebrating after Anel proposed!}

As most of you know, I spent the last 10 days in France. The trip was absolutely incredible: Three days in Paris, roaming the streets, seeing the sights, and then 5 days in Provence, soaking up the sun, frolicking through lavender fields, eating ridiculous amounts of fois gras, and drinking wine with every meal.

The best part of the trip, however, was my birthday. We spent the day eating breakfast at Laduree, snapping photos on a boat ride around Paris, climbing the Eiffel Tower, roaming the Marais neighborhood, and having one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten in my life at Guy Savoy. Then Anel and I went for a romantic stroll to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle at midnight…

We found a quiet spot on the Seine that was somehow void of any tourists. We were sitting and taking in our spectacular view of the spectacular tower, feet dangling over the Seine, when he asked me to hold his camera battery for a second. As you may have guessed, it wasnt a battery at all. It was the most gorgeous, sparkling engagement ring I had ever seen!

The waterworks commenced and I almost missed his proposal because I was crying so hard. As soon as I said yes, the tower started sparkling. It was truly magical and absolutely perfect! We are both so happy and excited to start planning the wedding and our life together!

Here is the day, documented in photos.

{Macarons, pain au chocolat, and other goodies at Laduree}

{Champagne, mussels with mushrooms, chocolate cake, and a nervous Anel at Guy Savoy}

{The proposal!}

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  1. Karen said:

    Soooo romantic!
    Congratulations Julia & Anel!
    much love and happiness to you both!

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  2. Nichole said:

    Congratulations!!! So happy for you!
    Your ring is beautiful and I love a great engagement story.

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  4. Terra Rose said:

    How absolutely wonderful! Very excited for you both.
    Wishing you a life full of love!

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  5. Julia I am so happy for you both! Anel is an incredibly blessed man. Big hug and kiss to you! XOXO

    7.19.11 · Reply
  6. So happy for you both; wishing you all the best! xoxox

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  7. My hubby and I ate at Guy Savoy years ago, before we had children, and we STILL talk about what an amazing meal it was! Congratulations.

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  8. Jessica Sturdy said:

    Omg this is so sweet!! How have I never heard this story before?! Love it. 🙂

    8.26.13 · Reply