It wasn’t a dream; Although, I had never experienced a more surreal moment in my life. The beautiful man that I had met in a ceramics class just a few years earlier, became my best friend. And now, has given me the greatest gift of my life. Todd, my now fiancé, a painter and musician by trade, invited me to join him in Europe for a week, this past July. When we landed in Paris, little did I know that he had been keeping secrets from me. 

After we freshened up at our hotel, (which was just 500 meters from the Eiffel Tower) Todd and I walked hand in hand towards the tower, and were soon greeted by about 80 thousand other attendees. It was Bastille Day, Frances’ Independence Day. The cool night was complemented by music on loudspeakers. We pressed close to the tower. After just a short time, the most spectacular fireworks I have ever seen commenced, in tandem with the cheesiest funk songs on the radio. Just our style. To my utter shock, half way through the display, Todd spoke into my ear, “Ali, you are my best friend and I love you. Will you marry me?”

He bent down on his knee. I said yes, and he placed a 2 karat black diamond ring on my finger. The emerald cut white diamonds down each side were a wonderful tribute to the beaded mil grain white gold. I kissed him and cried. This was the most perfect moment I was ever given.

 

 

After the fireworks, we drank Bellini’s and had snails at a cafe that was just a short distance from the tower. We called our families and told them the wonderful news. The waiter wished a congratulations and a happy life; then gifted us a copy of the cafe menu. (In French, of course.)

Then we walked back to our hotel, where Todd opened another bottle of champagne. He had been keeping other secrets from me. Todd’s next surprise was that he had booked a photographer in London to shoot engagement photos for us. The following week, Todd and I posed in front of Westminster Abby and the London Eye. I can’t wait to show my fiancé off to the world. And I can’t wait to be his wife. He is everything I could have ever asked for.

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117 comments
Sazzbass
Sazzbass

Beautiful, I wish you a wonderful life together :~) XX

ashspeary
ashspeary

How wonderful!  May you have a lifetime of happiness!

lynsusie
lynsusie

May God bless your marriage!  As that old triangle illustration goes, you realize that as you each draw nearer to God, you will draw nearer to each other.  How perfect is that!    

Pamk
Pamk

So romantic, congratulations!!

AikGLariosa
AikGLariosa

awesome! I'm just a filipino guy who listened this guys music and now I get to read about God's awesome plan for his marriage! awesome indeed!

KristaAtkinson
KristaAtkinson

congrats to one of my oldest and dearest friends, Todd! Can't wait to meet your lovely fiance!

JenniferDowell
JenniferDowell

This couple is amazing. Their story is one of a kind. They are both two of the most wonderful people and they deserve every bit of happiness. The fairy tale as to how things worked out for the two of them is as unforgettable as a book would tell. I adore you both and wish you nothing less then a mountain of happiness. Congats!

pwod6
pwod6

Congratulations!!!! Todd I can't believe that you kept this a secret for so long!!!! So excited to see you build a romantic life together!!!!

 

pwod6
pwod6

So very romantic!!!!!!! Wishing you both a wonderful wedded life! Can't wait to hear where you go on the honeymoon!!!! You are such a cute couple!!!

NikkiKing
NikkiKing

Amazing story!! U guys are adorable together!!

NancyToddRopp
NancyToddRopp

Congratulations!! I hope you have many years of happiness together!!

ValerieBrooksWallin
ValerieBrooksWallin

What a sweet story from two SIU alums! Many, many years of wedded bliss :)

Swalls
Swalls

Congratulations!

jaredn12
jaredn12

Congratulations! I can't believe, looking back now at that ceramics class, that I was a witness to the initial sparks that would spark your great flame of love. Todd, you are a very lucky man and I'm so glad to see you doing it in style; don't lose that touch. Ali, you carry your beauty with much grace and I'm sure you will only bring joy to Todd through, what I hope will be, many many years together. I wish you two all the best.    Your friend, Jared S. Newman                   

DonaldGray
DonaldGray

That is Great even better than the movies, and there i thought that this kind of tales died out. Congrants Todd & Ali

Seetho
Seetho

That Todd sounds like a weirdo. Congrats to them both and may they be happy forever!

MattBasta
MattBasta

Congratulations!!!  What a romantic dude!

MariaHill
MariaHill

That is too cute! Every girl wishes that would happen to her. Too lucky!!

jwg1979
jwg1979

Im happy for you guys!!!!

CDONI
CDONI

Congratulations! How romantic!!

CassieAndrews
CassieAndrews

A complete fairytale. Congrats to the both of you!

Gabriellenicole
Gabriellenicole

This is the most romantic love story. I'm so happy for you two,may you have a long and beautiful marriage together. Best of wishes Allison and Todd!

JoshuaClifton
JoshuaClifton

Love stories are better when they are real and happen to great People! 

ambearnoel
ambearnoel

Oh my goodness! That is the most precious thing. Makes me so happy.

SarahBurnamTowle
SarahBurnamTowle

Awesome engagement story!  Best wishes for a beautiful life together :)

EthanHunt1
EthanHunt1

such a beautiful story! Congrats. Wishing you guys a very Happy marriage.

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