Sean and I met in college (my senior year, his sophomore). We dated long distance for two years before moving in together in May of 2012. I may have dropped a few hints that my dream would be to get engaged in Paris (or anywhere!) so we could have a few days to soak it in and celebrate before the craziness of wedding planning began. When we planned to spend Memorial Day in Paris in 2015, I immediately texted all of my friends with the hope that this might be the trip!! Well, it was, but it almost didn’t happen at all!
The week before we were set to leave, I ended up getting my current job at Hearst Digital Media and resigned from my former company. I was taking time off between jobs, so I had the whole week to shop, outfit plan, and get ready to leave. Literally all the time in the world to do anything.
We were flying a pretty random French airline called XL, so we decided to get to the airport super early, just in case of any delays. Of course we ended up being the first in line, and when we were called up to the agent, we eagerly presented our passports. She scanned Sean’s passport and gave him a boarding pass, then looked at me, and said “we can’t let you get on the plane.” My stomach completely sank. WHAT?! We said there had to be a mistake, of course I was getting on the plane, etc, etc… what was she talking about?!
Well, it turns out that since my passport was expiring in August, France wouldn’t let me into the country. Apparently different countries have different rules for passport validation, which we learned the hard way! After hours of trying to find a solution, we left the airport. Little did I know that the whole time, Sean had my ring floating around in his pocket! He completely kept his cool (I did not).
We ended up going to the passport office at 6am the next day to try for an expedited passport. After we bought two one-way tickets to leave that night (and handed over a small fortune to get the expedited passport), we were on our way!
We arrived safely at our Airbnb which was on a beautiful street (Avenue Matignon) right off the Champs-Elysees. The apartment was perfectly French, complete with a balcony overlooking the Eiffel Tower. We promptly showered, ventured out for cheese and champagne, and set it up outside. Sean proposed shortly thereafter, and we spent the most magical weekend exploring the city. He surprised me with an engagement photo shoot on Sunday (which he had rescheduled due to the passport incident…). It was the cherry on top of a perfect weekend, crazy story and all. We will cherish these memories forever! I can’t wait to go back someday (maybe for an anniversary?!) and hopefully stay in the same apartment.
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