So as you all know, I just got back from Paris, and I’m ENGAGED! I’ve been with bae for almost 8 YEARS. This is going to be the most out of the box wedding ever. Shaan is Hindu and I’m Muslim, and we are going to be combining forces, and traditions, and hopefully having the party of the century.
A little back story-
I have known Shaan (bae) since 1st grade, but we didn’t start dating until senior year of high school (it turns out he was at my 5th grade birthday party when my mom invited my whole class…haha). We had almost every class together senior year, and our connection really started during first period Food’s class (LOL). Although we didn’t go to prom together, we started officially dating the night of prom. From high school, we ended up going to different colleges, and did long distance for 3.5 years. Yes, we made it all throughout college without breaking up, and we both wouldn’t have had it any other way. A lot of people ask me if I feel like I didn’t truly live college to the fullest, and I always tell them I did that AND more. I had an amazing time at school, and Shaan and I both led very independent lives while maintaining our strong best-friend connection. After college, I moved back to Chicago, got my first big girl job, and got a studio downtown. Shaan did the same, and we both realized we were ALWAYS together after work, so we moved in together, and 3 years later, WE GOT ENGAGED IN PARIS!!! Shaan is truly the light of my life, and the best person I have ever known.We have been through so much together, and have grown together in so many ways. I can’t wait to call him my husband!
How he proposed-
Well first off, we just took a trip to Puerto Rico earlier in the summer, so when Shaan told me he thought a quick trip to Paris to end the summer would be a good idea, I did think it was a bit random. Nevertheless, we woke up in Paris on Friday August 25th, and I put on my best outfit (obvi to get some blog pics in), and we made our way to the famous Eiffel Tower where I set up a tripod to capture some cool shots. During this time, Shaan said “hey, why don’t you put the camera in video mode, and screenshot images that you like from the video.” I was like damn, good idea! So, I proceeded to put the camera in video mode and went on posing in front of the camera (lol). Shaan came up next to me and goes “man, isn’t this a beautiful spot.” I agreed, and that’s when he got on one knee and pulled out the ring! EXTREMELY well played on his part, but I will say, nobody is laying their eyes on the video we captured that started with me posing like an idiot, to him on one knee proposing! LOOLLLL. It was a beautiful proposal, and the ring is DAMN GOOD.
My thoughts on being engaged-
Ok so, I have never been one of those people who dreamt about their wedding when they were little. The truth is, I don’t know the first thing that goes into planning a Pakistani wedding let alone an INDIAN AND PAKISTANI WEDDING (fml). The day after getting back from Paris I was already receiving tons of phone calls from family asking when I was going to plan this ceremony and that ceremony. Needless to say, feeling overwhelmed is an understatement. I just want to enjoy being engaged for a bit! Especially since its been 7.5 years in the making. So, I’m taking it one day at a time. I mean, you can’t plan the party of the century overnight. 😉
Now, a little bit about my favorite spots in Paris-
We had so much fun visiting the Sacré-Cœur Church , and we highly recommend going to the Terrass hotel terrace to watch the Eiffel Tower light up at night.
Of course, Laduree! I highly recommend the raspberry macaroons, and the buttery croissants!
Le Chinon has amazing pizza. Better than I’ve ever had. Oh, and do not leave without trying their sundae’s.
Al Caratello was TO DIE FOR. We loved it so much, we ate their twice. The best pasta dishes EVER.
For our engagement dinner, Shaan took us to KONG- which was featured on Sex and the City. It was a beautiful restaurant with amazing cocktails, and great food.
Shaan and I danced the night away at Moulin Rouge the night of our engagement. Good music, and good prices.
Needless to say, Paris was a dream.
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