Eiffel Tower surprise proposal in the spring

March 25, 2020

Eiffel Tower surprise proposal in the spring

This was a memorable Eiffel Tower surprise proposal in the spring.

This will be one of the most memorable Paris surprise proposals of my life as a Paris surprise proposal photographer. For many reasons. The most obvious one is that it was the very last surprise proposal I had just before the travel restrictions set in for the coronavirus situation. Despite the fact that Americans could still come to Paris, they’d risk quarantine upon their return home, so most of my clients postponed their surprise proposals. Also, the week before, the Seine river had reached its crest, which isn’t at all unusual in Paris in the spring, particularly after the rains. Fernando had chosen the riverside location for his proposal and we almost had to change it, but then the flood waters went down slightly.

As I was walking to our meeting point, on a mild March day, the spring blooms just starting, the most exciting time of year in Paris, if you ask me, I kept thinking and worrying about so many things. Thinking about the people so impacted  by the virus, the health care workers, the fear, the anxiety, and also wondering what I would do when I had to stop doing what I love so much. That being, photographing wonderful clients and capturing their Paris surprise proposals. I knew this proposal would be the last one for a very long time and I felt so melancholy.

But that ended when I met Fernando and Megan. Fernando explained to Megan that I was a Paris tour guide, and we’d be taking a walking tour of Paris. Coming from New York, they’d arrived to Paris before some of the restrictions came into play. Fernando is a cardiology nurse in New York and Megan is a respiratory nurse. They met at work. I began giving my tour, and I have to say, I think I’m quite believable as a tour guide because I in fact, was a tour guide for year at Warner Bros Studios in Los Angeles. I spoke about the Eiffel Tower, and a few other things and then asked the couple if they’d like a souvenir photo with the Eiffel Tower in the back. Megan had no idea what was going on. I asked the couple to face the Eiffel Tower, this allowed Fernando to remove the box from his pocket and then he turned to Megan.

The violinist approached and began to play the most divine music, as Fernando got on one knee and proposed. Megan, of course, said yes. It was so incredibly sweet, and afterward they toasted their engagement with some fine French champagne. I so enjoyed meeting and chatting with them, and of course capturing their special day.

Because some pretty trees, including a magnolia tree and cherry tree were blooming on the other side of the river, close to the Eiffel Tower, I asked Fernando and Megan if they were up for a walk cross the Iena bridge. The sun was out, and getting ready to set, and the blooms were gorgeous. It was an absolute delight! I loved this couple and I wish them so much happiness.

Being that it was a nice evening, I walked home, which took me over an hour. I felt warmth in my heart, and some sadness. How long would it be until I could welcome beautiful couples like Fernando and Megan to Paris? I love what I do, I have a passion for it and a passion for serving the people I’m fortunate enough to meet and who hire me to be there on their big day. I’m profoundly grateful to have this opportunity and I can’t wait to welcome tons of couples to Paris and help make their dreams come true!