Nicole + Michael
location: VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTER
date: august 12 2017
To the most beautiful woman I know:
Today I get to marry my best friend. The coordinates on this little gift are for Koh Chang, which started as just a really fun trip but ended with me falling in love with you. I can’t wait for many more adventures like that one and to continue falling even deeper in love with you.
You are my heart and and soul and I can’t wait to call you wifey.
from michael to nicole
the proposal story
WE WERE GOING to a wedding in Italy, visiting a friend in Barcelona, and then finishing our trip in Paris because Michael was presenting at a conference. It was an amazing two and a half weeks and our trip was winding down, with only days left in Paris before heading home. our last stop on the sightseeing tour was the Louvre and surrounding gardens. We took the subway to the stop at the entrance of the park and started walking through the park. When we walked down a small path, there was a violinist sitting on a bench playing music.
As we walked by him, he started playing “All of me” by John Legend, which always makes me cry.
I thought it was a really sweet moment and then Michael asked me if I wanted to dance. As we were dancing, he started to talk to me but I kept interrupting him to ask if he had euros to tip the violinist.
Finally, he said, "Nicole, focus!"
and finished his speech. At the end, he said he had a question to ask me. And that’s the moment I knew. He got down on a knee, pulled a ring from his pocket, and asked if I would marry him.
TIME: 10:00 am
location: downtown vancouver
TIME: 12:00 PM
VENUE: 1st floor Burrard Foyer
I promise to respect you as an individual, a partner, and equal knowing that we do not complete but compliment each other."
TIME: 4:30 PM
VENUE: Ocean Terrace
I promise to foster and cherish a relationship of equality, know that together, we will build a life together, far better, than either of us can imagine alone."
I promise not to complain too much when you ask to take another photo for the Instagrams, or when you come home with yet again, another throw blanket and decorative pillow. I promise to keep tickling you and telling you stupid dad jokes because I will also never stop loving that big, boisterous laugh.
TIME: 6:00 PM
location: Ocean Foyer
TIME: 6:30 PM
"I promise to slow dance with you on the street and do body rolls in the kitchen. I take you as my wife and pledge a vow of honesty and fidelity. It is one I give willingly, easily, gracefully, at this moment and for our whole lives."