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HowTheyAsked Platinum Proposal: Bryce and Manal

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We planned a trip to Paris, France because it’s known as the City of Love. Manal and I are huge on photography and love to schedule photographers to take our pictures when we travel. for Manal, it was totally within our norm to be dressed up exploring the city with our photographer. We have this cute idea of making a travel book for our future children to have and see how cool their parents were back in the day!

It started off like any other photo shoot day. Manal had her stylist come to the home and style her hair and I went out to the local barber to get a fresh haircut. Afterward, I headed back to meet Manal and then to the first destination stop to meet our photographer. Unbeknownst to Manal, the photographer and I had been discussing how to capture the big proposal and when to make it happen. We decided on the Louvre. Throughout the day at various sites, we took stunning pictures and the photographer would occasionally ask Manal to take individual shots. This was to throw her off so she wouldn’t have any idea when I was planning the proposal. The plan was to take pictures of Manal alone so the photographer could make sure he had the perfect lighting. Also, this would give me time to get the ring and gather up my confidence.

Then we were finally at the proposal location and the photographer asked to take Manal’s picture alone. I knew this was the moment. I casually walked over to my bag and grabbed the ring. A rush of emotion swept over me at this point. Deep breaths and determination helped me take the last step. Looking over at her and seeing the essence of her beauty, I felt like the luckiest guy in the world. I stood tall and walked into position of the frame. One last deep breath and I began—or so I thought. As I began to state the words I rehearsed, I got very emotional, to the point of tears. Manal was so confused and I’m standing there in tears trying to speak. She quickly asked, “Babe, what’s wrong?” I responded, “Babe, you know you mean the world to me and I could not see myself without you.” (It comes across a lot smoother when you type it compared to when I said it in the moment.) I finished by getting down on one knee and asking her if she would marry me.

Bryce and Manal2

Meanwhile, the photographer was capturing it all. Manal was shocked and surprised to the fullest extent. Her eyes filled with tears and I  responded, “Don’t cry, you don’t want to ruin your makeup…but can you give me an answer, please?” It seemed like the longest five seconds of my life. She said she would always say “Yes!” and reached in to embrace me. She looked at the ring again and remarked: “This can’t be really happening.” But it was! The photographer took a few more pictures before Manal kindly said, “Okay, the photo shoot is over—I’m engaged! I want to savor the moment.”

Bryce and Manal

 

Special Thanks

PHOTOGRAPHER: PhilArty

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Stacy (Tasman) Stahl is the founder of HowTheyAsked.com– the digital destination for all things marriage proposal. How He Asked, acquired by XO Group, Inc. in September 2016 to allow The Knot to better serve its audience even earlier in the wedding planning journey, provides a platform for couples to share their engagement stories and has built a community of love-obsessed readers by sharing the best ones on their website and social media channels. With a library of 10,000+ proposals, the site also provides education, inspiration, and tools to help soon-to-be proposers plan their own life-changing moment. Stacy is now an expert in the pre-engaged world, and you can follow along with @HowTheyAsked's half a million Instagram followers.

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