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Will you marry me ?

What I love hearing about most every week on Un Beau Jour are the wedding proposals which accompany Monday’s post. I also love watching them all over the internet, especially in videos.

I’m also always really moved by the crazy and imaginative ideas and gems conjured up by future husbands-to-be. They’re often a well thought out trap to surprise their girlfriends, or a planned special moment.

There’s this well known proposal accident ( very questionable but fantastic all the same), the recent marriage proposal snapped by a passer by, the ‘magical’ proposal between Sean & Andrea (Andrea’s reaction always brings a tear to my eye), a crazy proposal on a wakeboard.

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It’s cute to watch, but don’t put yourself under loads of pressure, what matters is that you touch the heart of the person you love.  Don’t propose to a shy person in public for example ;)

And sometimes it doesn’t always go to plan, which happens a lot, but I’ve noticed that future brides-to-be are just as moved…

So here are the most beautiful marriage proposals seen on Un Beau Jour ( and feel free to tell us about them in the commentaries )


Amandine & Julien

Photo Julie Cerise

“We left for China last June for 3 weeks and at the very end of our travels we decided to go and see the edge of the Gobi desert, in Dunhuang.

It’s an incredible place with an oasis right in the middle of huge sand dunes. It hasn’t rained in years in that part of the world. However,we discovered that place in a downpour, alone, wrapped up snugly in our gore tex, sheltered under our umbrellas.

And, it was on top of a sand dune, far from the rest of the world, in apocalyptic conditions that Julien proposed to me.

It was a really moving moment: even though we had spoken about it several times and I knew that it would happen one day or another, but at that precise moment, it was a complete surprise. He then told me that Plan A had been to propose to me on the Wall of China, which we had visited a few days earlier, but the crowd had put him off. On arriving at the desert,  he told himself that this time the rain wouldn’t stop him from asking! And it’s still an incredible memory! ”


Audrey & Frederic

Photo Elodie Winter

“It took place one evening on the 14th July at my parents house. I had a throat infection and was looking at the symbolism of different precious metals and stones online when Frédéric gave me a small red box. He had made me go around so many jewellery shops earlier on in the week but we had returned empty handed. We kissed on the balcony with fireworks exploding in the distance (yes, a total cliché…). We couldn’t wait to tell my parents the good news, who had gone out for the 14th July.”


Romy & Sébastien

photo sarah scott 2

“The marriage proposal took place unofficially, in the dry heat of a bathroom in June. To be more precise, in the privacy of a noisy ventilation system which meant we were sheltered from our (previous) flatmates and their eavesdropping.

Officially, it happened in the scorching heat in the Gracias quarter of Barcelona in August. To be more poetic, under the idyllic inspiration of excellent  blood sausage and wine at a restaurant called Cal Boter.

We then organised the wedding in 5 weeks.”


Lani & Arnaud

photo xavier navarro

“Arnaud proposed to me on my 30th birthday. I was working on a huge presentation for my job, it was an exhausting month, and everyday  I couldn’t wait  to come home and lie down.

However, on that evening, Arnaud had given me strict orders not to come home before 9pm. It was my birthday, so spending an extra evening at work was out of the question, so I left early and spent an hour wandering around our district. I remember I was a bit angry at him for making me hang around like that. When I came home I found Arnaud in our marvelously tidy flat,  (though we had just moved in), filled with candles, and a bottle of champagne on the table. It was our first meal together at our place.

When we had finished eating, he told me to open my present: a packet containing boxing gloves. I said to myself  ” What a great present for my 30th birthday”. He told me to try them on, and asked me “Any good?”, it was in the box that I found a smaller box, with a ring inside. It took me a few moments to understand what was going on… When I realised what was happening, I took him in my arms and cried.

He told me the boxing gloves were because I shake up his life!

I didn’t sleep at all that night, I kept waking up thinking how crazy it was that we were fiancés!”


Angeline & Alexandre

Laurianne Conesa (9)

“It was on the 7th July 2011 in Lisbon, during a festival at a Foo Fighters concert, when the song Everlong was playing to be more precise.

He wanted to propose to me during the song ‘Next Year,’ which is our song. What’s more, I spent the beginning of the concert helping Alex try to throw pieces of paper onto the stage asking the band to play Next Year, because he was going to propose, and I didn’t suspect a thing.

When he realised they hadn’t picked up his bits of paper and that they weren’t going to play it, he fell back on this song, also very well chosen!

I had waited 8 years for that moment, and he really had chosen the place, the evening and the ideal moment, it matched us well, and was what I wanted, it was very us!”

Retro wedding

A small photo shoot with a retro inspired theme by Amandine & Arnaud, the pair in charge of aat traiteur.

I really like it when the bride isn’t necessarily all in white, as a symbol for our times it seems to me to be a bit outdated, so when someone dares to do away with it, I applaud them.

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At the helm of aa TRAITEUR are Amandine & Arnaud, a pair that wouldn’t work without the other… One wish unites them : to make people happy, their service is about more than just catering.

They have a soft spot for a retro style and they enjoy mixing atmospheres, furniture and antique china.

They offer to help you organise your reception (both as Caterer and Wedding Designer).



Artistic Direction :  Aat Traiteur

Video & Photography : La Paire de Cerises
Setting : Vrai Studio d’enregistrement Eric & Hervé
Models : Prescillia & François, Amandine & Pierre-Damien
Hair : Retro Hair Paradise
Makeup : Melle TheoLegrand
Jewellery : Pas Si Sages
Dress : Rockaround Tallulah
Caterer : aat-traiteur
Flowers : Fleurs de Fée
Vélo : IndianMotorcycle Lyon
Papeterie: Parenthèse Poétique
Déco : Atmosphère Mariages

Party bags

So this is the moment I’ve been waiting for to make party bags. I really like the idea of a hundred people re-living their childhood at the same time, and in the space of a few seconds. I can picture handing everyone a party bag, the amusement in the guests’ eyes, and the surprise. On the day I get married again (with the same husband!),  party bags will without a doubt be on the list. It was after discovering these fabulous boxes, in the shape of a cone, that I finally threw myself into the project.

Here, I had the idea of something a bit festive and childish, but in reality we can make them in a thousand different ways, especially if your wedding theme has nothing to do with childhood.

Material needed :

- As many boxes as you have guests (these ones here, for example)
- Colour co-ordinated tissue paper
- Glue gun
- Angel hair
- Small gifts, obviously!

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The way to go about it is really simple, so I won’t go on and on: choose your gifts, wrap them prettily, assemble the box according to the instructions, and close everything up. For the small angel hair pompom, all you need to do is take a good pinch of angel hair and roll it gently between the palms of your hands until you have a slightly ruffled looking pompom. Then, glue it on using the glue gun and there you go!

A few little extra tips :

I found the boxes at Selfpackaging. Take your time going there and having a look because they offer a great variety of boxes in every shape possible, and in an array of colours. The quality is impeccable and you won’t need much instruction on how to assemble them.

If your budget won’t allow you to invest in a large number of boxes, you can even make big paper cones yourself, inspired by the pochette surprises that you used to find in all the bakeries in France several years ago. It will take longer to do, but the final result will be just as pretty.

The small gifts!

Yep,  this is the difficult bit: finding the right gifts for a wedding day. Here, we chose party bubbles to go crazy with when the couple leave the town hall, sweets to snack on (THE typical present), an indian headdress for funny photos ( if you manage to find different things for all your guests, even better) and temporary tattoos around the theme of love ( we used the ones from Tattyoo, on sale on their website).

But, you could also slip a little card inside so that the guests can write a message to the married couple,  or a wine glass marker, a painkiller for the morning after (haha) or a tea bag… the possibilities are endless, so have fun!


Are you gifted with your hands, have any DIY ideas or tutorials and want to share them on Un Beau Jour? Send us an email with a little project idea to