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Nov 15, 2016

A Surprise Proposal in Paris

Why not start your engagement season in a place like Paris? This couple will have very fond memories of the day they got engaged thanks to the groom to-be’s surprise trip to Paris! Luxembourg Garden, covered in fall leaves, served as the perfect location for this surprise proposal in Paris. We know you want to find out how it all happened. The bride shares her side of the story, while photographer Katie Donnelly tells us what was happening behind the scenes!

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From Allie, the bride-to-be..

On a cloudy morning in October I didn’t walk into beautiful Luxembourg Gardens thinking my life would change forever. I was about 15 minutes into a photoshoot with my best friend who was living in Paris. Our photographer, Katie suggested we take a few individual shots as well (which I was totally into) – and that’s when the surprise of a lifetime happened. A handsome man interrupted my photo with an “excusez-moi mademoiselle.” It was then that the culmination of 5 months of discreet planning, scheduling and impeccable execution found me face to face with the man I was going to spend my forever with.

He travelled from Canada on the red eye the night before, and as if out of a fairytale, appeared. He was standing with me to tell me how much he loves me and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I later found out how many special people had to come together for this perfect moment to exist, half a world away from where we lived. That is exactly how I will remember that day, magical and perfect. And so full of love.

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From Katie, the photographer..

Matt and I connected through our mutual friend Rachelle (who originally had the idea of Matt flying to Paris to propose to Alli while she was visiting Rachelle). We sold the session to Alli as a best friend photo session with her and Rachelle. Little did she know that her amazing now-fiancé would be there waiting to surprise her! It was the ultimate proposal, so intimate and perfect for them. Afterwards we walked around the Luxembourg garden and celebrated at a local cafe with cappuccinos and of course, endless smiles!

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  • Allison

    This is too perfect 🙂

  • Jen

    Love this!!

  • Alicia

    This is soooooooo cute!

  • Marie

    her ring is BEAUTIFUL

  • Allie

    What an amazing proposal!!

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