There is nothing more special than a thought-out, well-planned proposal. Except, of course, a thought-out, well-planned proposal that also occurs in a palace!
From the very beginning, we knew Josh had fantastic taste. He wanted nothing but the best of diamonds for Lauren’s engagement ring, and the custom design that he picked spoke to a clean, elegant style. He worked with our sales team to pick the perfect stone, and before long, the ring was complete. But Josh was just getting started.
Josh took Lauren to Paris, and as though that wasn’t romantic enough, he had a huge surprise planned for her during the trip. We’ll just let Lauren tell the rest of the story.
“There’s a particular chapter from our recent trip to Europe that would appreciate my perspective – and that’s the first day of our trip and first day in France.
Instead of exploring the romantic streets of Paris, Josh said that he made plans for us to go to dinner with some of the Paris members of the Chaine des Rotisseurs (international food and wine group of which Josh is a member). I thought it was interesting that the Paris chapter was suggesting that we dine in a Paris suburb considering the fine culinary options at hand in the city (required a 45 minute train and a cab ride) but went along with it. As the cab approached our destination we were greeted by a procession of trees and a gorgeous palace on the horizon. I saw clearly why the Chaine would want to have a dinner at this magnificent place.”
“Some of the palace staff informed us that our dining companions were running late but had arranged for us to get a private tour of the palace as we waited. I found it strange that we had a Chaine photographer follow us down the pathway and into the main palace doors, but figured that they really take their chapter seriously, especially the treatment of their out-of-town guests! Once in the palace our tour guide explained that the palace was named Vaux le Vicomte and that it was Louis XIV’s inspiration for Versailles (used same architect and garden designer).
Each room was more awe inspiring than the next. When we entered into the Hall of the Muses, the most magnificent room yet, the guide excused herself for a minute. As I was admiring the amazing ceiling frescoes and the fact that Voltaire had held private performances for the French royals in that very room, Josh suggested that I sit in one of the throne-like chairs. Naturally I objected (how could I sit on one of these treasures!), so Josh had to find the guide to tell me that it was okay. Even with permission, I sat down nervously, still taking in the splendor of the room and the rare privilege of the experience. My reverie was, however, interrupted as I heard a swift movement and to my amazement saw Josh kneeling before me.”
“My immediate response was to laugh – I thought he was kidding – but I quickly realized that the man I love was actually proposing to me in that most perfect moment. In awe, love and complete shock I said yes.”
“After saying yes, he opened the box to reveal the engagement ring, which, how can I say it, is as extraordinary as the way he proposed.”
“Still on a cloud, I followed Josh and the guide to complete the tour, which included access to the tower which gave us the most breathtaking view of the palace gardens. To conclude the tour, the guide led us into an intimate salon. They served us champagne and hor d’oeuvres and let us spend some time together to let the whole surreal experience sink in.
After about an hour the guide then escorted us to dinner, but not before introducing us to the current owner of the palace who congratulated us and exclaimed that although many weddings had taken place at the Vaux over the last 400 years or so, ours was the first engagement! After a beautiful dinner with some fantastic wine, we walked outside to greet the palace in the evening.”
“The palace steps and grounds were lit with hundreds if not thousands of candles, and we were told that there would be a fireworks show. Inebriated with joy (and likely that champagne and wine recently consumed) I stepped onto a grassy step intending to step down further to find a good seat for the show, only to realize that that step was in fact a very tightly leaved hedge. I then immediately fall (literally) head over heels for my new fiancé leaving one of my heels on the ledge where Josh (and I previously) stood. But for a few minor scratches, I was miraculously unscathed and was ready to have Josh find his way down to join me.
We stood side by side next to that hedge as we watched the skies light up.
As I leaned on my fiancé’s shoulder, still in a dream-like state, I felt so lucky that I found an amazing partner with whom to share an extraordinary reality.”
Since Josh and Lauren are local, we were also lucky enough to meet Josh in person during the process, and we can definitely tell you that Lauren found a keeper! We wish them all the best and hope to become a lifelong jeweler for them as they build a life together.
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