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.
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 )
“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! ”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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!”