Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Will you marry me?


I'm sure that once you've read this story, you'll go "Awwwwwww!" On March 6th, I received an email from a young man in the U.S., Manu. He said something like, "My girlfriend, Smitha, and I have been reading your blog every day for the past two months in preparation for a trip to Paris. What she doesn't know is that I plan on proposing to her while we are there, in front of the Eiffel Tower. Could you happen to secretly be there to take a photo of us and then we can surprise her by publishing it on your blog?" My romantic soul couldn't resist, so, we arranged for a time and place (for me, this is the best place to propose in Paris!), and there I was last night (Monday) at 7:45 pm sharp on the Passerelle Debilly. By the way, we did not even talk. All this was to remain a secret until today! - so I don't even know if she said yes. I'm pretty sure she did though...who could resist a fiancé who does all this to win the heart of his wife-to-be? P.S. My camera could have done with a little more light, for sure, but it's enough to keep the memory.

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  1. That story gave me the chills! How beautiful! And what a great guy you are to take a photo.

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  2. One more thing, to the lovely couple - CONGRATULATIONS!

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  3. Ahhh Paris.. romance capital of the world. I hope one of these days my wife and I could be there to celebrate and savour life!

    Actually the grainy photo has an old world character. Nice touch!

    Mario

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  4. Congratulations to the lucky couple. Do you think they'll see the post tonight or are they busy "making sure"?

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  5. That was so sweet, I could puke. Just kidding! You are Cupid, Eric! That's really wonderful. I'm so jealous!

    How lucky they were that you captured the moment.

    Congratulations Manu and Smitha.

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  6. You're right Suzy, above all, congratulations to Manu and Smitha.

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  7. Now that I've accepted your request I can comment on the photo.

    aaaaahhhhhh! This is the most romantic thing I've ever seen!!!!! If Smitha didn't say yes to him, I will!!!

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  8. Oh look Eric, even Buzzgirl showed up for the event! What an occasion!

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  9. I am very cupid Buzzgirl! Isn't this story great? I'm sure everyone will be envious.

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  10. Ma femme et moi venons tout juste d'arriver en Californie il y a 6 mois, et ca me fait enormement de bien de voir des photos de Paris, je suis tres heureux d'avoir trouve votre blog,

    Stef

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  11. Oh Eric you are something else. How sweet of you to do this. You know how cold and wet it was outside and for you to be there was really special.

    Now, for all of you out there who want to know my answer, I hate to disappoint. I told Manu hell no! If he couldn't afford to take me somewhere nice and warm than I doubt he can afford to keep me in the style to which I've grown accustomed.

    Merci anyway !





    *wink*

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  12. This picture is beautiful even if you hadn't told us about the story i think is great. I am from Mexico and i love reading your blog. Keep the romanticism up! Congrats to the couple!

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  13. Ok, ok, well it was cold I have to say. And that rain just wouldn't stop. So she said "no", which just wouldn't do.

    So listen Eric, you obviously didn't stay around long enough. I was going to ask you if you wanted to grab a beer or something after I dumped her over the side of the bridge, but you were gone on that damn scooter of yours (you need to get the muffler checked by the way).

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  14. Well Manu, you see I managed to swim to the river bank where I kind young man helped me out and took me back to his place to dry off. I am now sitting out on the covered balcony sipping champagne while you're asking Eric if he "wants to grab a beer". Pffft

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  15. Manu and Smitha, we know this isn't the real you, but where could they be?

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  16. Yes, yes Eric, i will ! I bet i'm not the first to say that. I'll read the rest of your post and the comments then come back. I just wanted to rush in here and say YES. LOL !! Poor Eric i bet you're running for your life, as we write!

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  17. Eric, this photo is reminiscent of a Robert Doisneau photo.

    Although, I don't remember the subjects of those photos throwing each other off a bridge!

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  18. Well Suzy, just trying to keep us entertained while we await the lovely couple's appearance. It's sort of like the bad band at the wedding until the bride and groom arrive to greet their guests...

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  19. C'est gééééénial!! Je trouve ça fabuleux comme histoire, il n'y a rien de plus romantique que de faire sa demande en face de la Tour Eiffel ET être pris en photo par un paparazzi qui publie ça sur son blog! J'en perds mon anglais.
    Je voudrais qu'il m'arrive la même chose, je serais capable de dire oui à un inconnu. :)

    Congratulations to the two lovers, who, no pleased to be romantic, are also funny.
    When we look at her smile, we can't believe that she answered no.
    Ahhh un conte de fée avant de dormir!

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  20. Awwww!!!

    This is a very sweet jester:)

    Congrats to the couple!

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  21. I have an idea Michael - we can sing karaoke tunes until they show up. You go first.

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  22. 'Who could resist a fiancé who does all this to win the heart of his wife-to-be?' : so true Eric.
    I must say I haven't understood very well Manu and Smitha's comments? Wink ? So that was not them? Someone took their names?? ... It feels so weird after the romantic story you just described..;

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  23. ERIC

    There is a book here somewhere! Pay attention!

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  24. Yes Corinne, it is strange isn't it?!








    *wink*

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  25. OK, grâce à Guille, je viens de comprendre. C'était de l'humour.... Congratulations ! I was totally in the story and even didn't understand that was humoour! Shame on me:)Have to go to bed!!

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  26. I'm with Guille, "je serais capable de dire oui à un inconnu" if he proposes in front of the Eiffel Tower.

    Or anywhere in Paris for that matter!

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  27. Ohhh this is true romance of the modern day. The lovely couple photographed at the most important moment by Blog Baron Eric. Wonderful! I do hope she said yes. Perhaps if they have travelled to Paris, they are in a hotel and don't yet have access to the internet? Maybe tomorrow they will add a comment and tell us the answer. We await with bated breath! ..... sigh.... huh girls?....sigh....

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  28. I wonder who's going to do the screenplay.

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  29. Aaaaaaaaaaawwwww!!! Well done, it's a beautiful shot! And good for you Eric. That's sweet! Of course, now that you've opened the flood gates...

    Best wishes to Manu and Smitha, of course.

    Great post! I love it! :)

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  30. This is surely newspaper-worthy, this story, too Eric? I want to know how long you stayed there? Did you speak to them at all, did she know who you were? How many did you take before you were happy with the photo? How nervous were you? Oh sorry i must stop interviewing...

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  31. Tell you something else, this is a Zazzle moment. I can imagine the most romantic cards....sigh again...

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  32. NASTY MICHAEL !!! LOL!!!

    Stef: bienvenue en Californie. Hang on to your Euros! :-D

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  33. Psst Monica! You have to click the Passerelle link. You'll never guess what SUZY said! gossip gossip

    Guille you made me laugh, you were so struck with romance your tongue only worked in French. Ahhh. What better language for love?

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  34. Fantastique! Great Story. Great Picture. Great Fun. Eric ... you inspire all of us.

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  35. Add my name to the chorus of those above who just love this story! Monica and Lynn you just crack me up "accepting" Eric's proposal. Plus it's such a beautiful photo (even if the light wasn't perfect Eric) that the couple can always look back at and smile. Not to mention the fact that a bunch of strangers know their story now!

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  36. Lynn I went to the link.
    It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. I'm sure I'll dream of Paris tonight.

    I've got an idea Lynn. How about you and me (and Guille too if she wants) stand in front of the Eiffel Tower with a paper sign in our hands saying "Will Say Yes". Just like those people with signs that says will work for food...

    Who knows, maybe an inconnu passing by might like the adventure and pop the question!

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  37. Exactly, Katie, it's immortalised by Eric. How fantastic. This young man had a fantastic idea in doing this; i can imagine his lady will be so touched ooooooh i need to know what she said though!

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  38. He he Monica what a funny thought! We'd need to make it clear what we are saying yes to though and to whom LOL. Eeek!

    This is so beautiful. I too am full of dreams tonight, the romance of it all ahhhh.

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  39. Lynn, what better language for love than French? None. :) Le français est la langue de l'amour, profitons-en...

    I suspect you to look for some elements to write an article Lynn!

    Monica "Or anywhere in Paris for that matter" ... So I advice you not to meet Michael in Paris one more time. On ne sait jamais,tu ne pourrais pas dire non!!
    Your idea is great. But if somebody ask you?...LOL. Too young to be married!!

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  40. Where ARE Michael and Eric now? They are scared stiff now that Eric has awoken our romance genes! Hiding in the shadows, afraid of the YES word. lol he he.

    I would love to write this up Guille, if i were in Paree i would submit it to a local paper.

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  41. "Congratulations" (to the real) Manu and Smitha,

    Your story is so incredibly romantic. :*-) To plan such a special moment and arrange for Baron Blog Eric to take this photo is just divine. It takes my breath away. :*-) Wishing you enduring joy and happiness.

    Yours truly, Jennifer the Hopeless Romantic.

    Congratulations Suzy, you just caught the bouquet and won the GF award. ;)

    Eric, you photo is perfect! The bells from yesterday were actually wedding bells, weren't they? :)

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  42. Guille I figured you're too young to tide the knot. Me, I'll settle for romance in Paris, I don't really need a ring.

    The great thing about Paris is that the minute we get there we immediately fall in love... with the city.

    That's more than enough!

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  43. a beautiful photo and a beautiful story. i love the grainy quality of it, actually. it's reminiscent of some of the classic old shots of paris that are so full of romance. how sweet to see the world has such lovely people as you to do this for strangers :)

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  44. Eric I love this Picture..as many people have already said it was sweet of you to take the picture.Im so sorry it didnt work out for them haha LOL :]..... Congrats to the couple! Cheers!!

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  45. What a wonderful moment! Your photo's are always intriguing and I love your blog ~ someday I hope my husband and I can see Paris in person!!!

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  46. Eric I bet you are so proud and so touched by this couple story aren't you? I'm always amazed by the wonderful things your blog provide to people all over (me included).

    This more than proves that you're blog isn't just another one in this internet world. You blog is THE BLOG.

    Congratulations to you for achieving so much, for being so generous to us all and for making this couple's most important moment in life even more unforgetable.

    Congrats Smitha and Manu!!!!
    Do show us your wedding pictures!

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  47. His plan was impressive, but for you to do this for complete strangers says a lot about your character and your heart. Awwww, quite lovely of you.

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  48. What a guy!

    O, and Manu sounds quite nice, too . . .

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  49. C'est tres gentil, mon ami. I'm choking, it's so beautiful.

    Ok, now. Monica, you brat, I'm outing you: she's married, everyone! Hah! C'est vrai, when she's bad, she's horrid!

    Really nice story, Eric, and the photo is perfect.

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  50. Ok, ok, I'm sorry. I'm just hurt because I sent you all those picnic photos and you didn't even tell me you got them. Sniffle, sob. And after that beautiful story by Eric. Oh, I just can't take it.

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  51. How wonderful to hear of a Hollywood moment in real life! Kudos Eric for making that happen... and such the romantic photo.

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  52. You are Not only a friendly Parisian,you are a Romantic One...
    and That's a wonderful thing you did..
    What a nice memory you give them.. Bravo.

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  53. Eric, you got a picture with a halo around Manu's head (rightfully so!), and I think there's a bit of a halo around yours as well. I think I'll dream of this picture tonight.

    That does it. If/when Mr. Perfect and I ever get to take a honeymoon, we're bringing Eric.

    Shout out to Stef. Hello!

    (Aside to Michael. The phrase is not "making sure." The phrase is "making love." Do I have to tell you everything?)

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  54. Lovely gesture Eric. Beautiful photo. All French men are romantic at heart, n'est ce pas?

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  55. Wonderful story and great picture. When Louis la Vache first saw the photo, he thought Eric had done a retro-WWII-era shot.

    Best wishes to Smitha and Manu from the rather-recently wed Louis la Vache.
    http://pour-la-famille.blogspot.com/2008/02/ntre-mariage-dans-lglise-4-novembre.html

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  56. 'Love is space and time measured by the heart.' (Marcel Proust)

    If Proust is right, then Paris is the perfect place in which to consolidate - and consummate - a romance. As a city in which time and space are perfectly attuned to the charmed gait and timeless intimacy of lovers, it provides a stage on which there is always room for another Romeo and his Juliet - or, as in this case, another Manu and his Smitha.

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  57. What a kind thing to do; such a cool gift for them! (For us, too) And such an atmospheric photo. Like a scene in a movie.

    Here's to Smitha and Manu! (Pop! Bubbles... Clink.)
    MZM

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  58. Well Petrea, I was trying to be discreet. Maybe their parents are reading this???

    It's almost 7am here now, so am guessing we have a few more hours before the two of them show their heads here.

    JEFF...you're going to be in big trouble when Monica awakes and reads your comment. Oh, do I feel for you...

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  59. Bien Sur!!! Of course I will!! LOL!!

    Ohhh, "L'Amour, L'Amour...Toujours l'Amour"!!

    Can anybody guess which famous "cult" movie this is from?? A big fat Chocolate Easter Egg goes to the winner!! ;-) LOL!

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  60. You're right, Michael. Oooh, Jeff.

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  61. Tonton Flaneur: "The Women", d. George Cukor, 1939?

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  62. Eric, A magical post! A romantic first in PDP history. How fun that Manu and his love were enjoying your blog so much that he thought to invite you to chronicle such a lovely moment in their lives. Will you be taking the wedding photos, too? ;^)
    High marks to Michael for the creative writing!
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  63. Awwwww...absolutely love it!!! and congrats to the lovely couple.

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  64. What a wonderful story and how cool that you went along, took the shot and never even spoke to the happy couple - like a stealth bomber!

    Strangers in the night.

    Congrats to the young couple but even more to you, Eric. x

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  65. You were right Eric, I did go..."Ohhhhh" and my dragged my husband to read it too...it is so romantic.
    Thank you Smitha and Manu for giving Eric the opportunity to share this moment with us.

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  66. What a wonderfull :)
    did it work? SUCCESS?

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  67. Yes, oh dear indeed, Jeff. Take cover. You know not what you've done...

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  68. I have to confess this is a beautifull and very romantic story... Congratulations to the lovely couple and to Eric for this great picture !!!!!

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  69. Wow!!!

    So many people claim of giving Aaaawwwweee moments... but you surely did it... The pic and the sentiments behind it are so

    awwwwwwwwweeeeeeee

    :-)

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  70. Paris... a city for lovers! It seems things happen not only in movies! Best wishes for the couple!

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  71. Perfect.


    Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio

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  72. A beautiful photo with an even better story to match - how wonderful!

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  73. A perfect photo, a wonderful tale.Your'e too modest, no extra light needed.


    Thmanks Monica for confirming Marie-Antionette Austrian link.

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  74. Eric, bless your heart! For the sake of romance, thank you for doing this and sharing this with us!

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  75. Michael will you do me a favor and explain (not here, of course!) to Jeff why I'm not as bad as he thinks...

    ;)

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  76. superbe ce b&w, je lui trouve un coté photographique des films de Marcel Carné. On s'imaginerait bien Gabin et Michele Morgan............

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  77. Oh my gosh, what an awesome story and great photo of course! That needs to be on Oprah or something...wow!

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  78. This blog is very interesting. I love Paris!

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  79. Eric - you are Robert Doisneau!

    And what a fabulous story. How proud you must be - hope to God she said YES. how could she not?

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  80. YOU MADE ME CRY!!!!!!!!!.........

    (now, to compensate me, could you please help us supporting Kissimmee's membership to CDPB?? Thank you... Merci...)

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  81. What a lovely romance story. One I'll never forget. Thany you for sharing this with all the bloggers.

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  82. I too thought the picture was beautiful even before reading the story! How sweet of you to be willing to go do that for them! And how sweet is that man for even thinking of it! Who said men are romantics?

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  83. Today on my "Winning Attitude" post was the following comment: "Hi Mel,
    I have a suggestion for a Winning Attitude Award recipient, and I hope this is the correct spot to do so. I have been visiting this man's blog daily because the author/photographer presents dazzling gifts to his readers every day. The post for March 25th - and all the comments it has generated - is a perfect example! Please consider
    http://www.parisdailyphoto.com/

    Thanks much,
    Lydia"

    Well, with an endorsement like that I had to take a look. She was right. Your blog is amazing.

    About 3 years ago my wife and I took a 10 day vacation to Paris. We stayed at the Hilton about a block from the Eiffel Tower. It was my first time in Paris and I had the best vacation ever. What an amazing city; "The city of lights."

    Now to get back to Lydia's comment. I have a site that is "Dedicated to the Pursuit, Capture, Care and Feeding of a Positive Mental Attitude." It is called "Attitude, the Ultimate Power." Once of the awards that I created is called the "Winning Attitude" award.

    I don't know how you feel about blog awards, but I would love to present it to you. It comes with no strings and no tagging requirements. If you are so inclined, come on by and pick it up: http://mondaymorningpower.blogspot.com/2007/11/winning-attitude-award.html

    I will certainly be visiting your site on a regular basis.

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  84. Fantastic! What a great romantic story.

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  85. I adore the fact that you only "intruded" on them as invited by the gentleman. So very charming of you to capture the moment in their hearts through your lens !

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  86. How incredibly romantic! I definately said, "aaaaawwww!!" and Eric, that was super sweet of you! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  87. Eric

    You went way beyond the call of duty for this shot! Brilliant stuff and it's this type of thing that draws me to your site every day.

    I actually think it might be better never to know the answer in order to maintain the mystique of it all!

    Richard

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  88. I love this blog. I know you probably won't get back to me but it's always nice to hear from a blogger all the way from Vancouver, Canada! :)

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  89. You have outdone yourself on this post. Very very impressive.

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  90. Brilliant! I actually like the idea of not knowing what was her answer... :~)

    Igor

    www.citydailyphoto.com

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  91. If she didn't say yes yesterday she will when she sees the blog...
    Aren't we all so romantic...hoping she will say yes!

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  92. What a wonderful story - you are such a romantic, dear Eric! Congratulations to the happy couple - what a brilliant way to commemorate your engagement! Best Wishes!!

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  93. Hey j.z., maybe Eric will be too busy to respond, but the rest of us welcome you to PDP. Join the circus, but you have to supply your own rend nose and big, floppy shoes.

    Bienvenue.

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  94. I hope they invite you to the wedding and not just to take photos! Congrats to them and God bless your romantic soul.

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  95. Thanks Cali for your comment ;)
    Do we know her answer yet? Have they checked in here? Oh the suspense is awful.

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  96. Wonderful story and the perfect shot to remember the moment! Well done!!

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  97. I literally did say "Awwww" after I read the story even with your warning at the beginning of the post :) Lovely story, precious picture and wonderful help you have given the nice couple...

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  98. Lynn, I keep checking in also to find out the answer! Such romantics we are. Spring is definitely in the air.

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  99. Okay lucio crispino...where do I send the egg to?? It was "The Women"...too funny.

    Not to be bitter, but wasn't it Bob Dylan that wrote the song.."love is just a four lettered word"??? I believe that Joan Baez was the one that made it popular...ahhhh...the sixties.

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  100. After looking at the color photo on the Passerelle Debilly once again Eric, I think this has to be one of the most beautiful photos you have ever posted here! It really evokes the beauty of Paris and the romance which is so widely associated with it...Superbe!!

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  101. Ah, the bloggers are a collection of Romantics. The answer has to be "yes!", with a few shedded tears to accompany the two breathless voices.

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  102. Eric,
    You rock!!!
    Absolutely beautiful -- the story, the picture, especially your generous and romantic heart.
    I can't wait until I am in Paris in April. I am already passionately in love with Paris, thanks to you :)

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  103. That was so beautiful, I think I'm gonna cry!! :)

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  104. I don't know...

    Don't you all think it's a bit strange that Manu contacted Eric to take this photo in secret so that he could show his possible-bride-to-be the results on the blog and we haven't heard a peep out of them?

    I hope the news isn't bad...

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  105. My guess is that they are... "celebrating" and haven't made it to an internet cafe to check the site.

    That's my theory.

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  106. Michael, you're pessimistic: just look at her smile!
    If you are right, this photo becomes something horrible...

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  107. Well Buzzgirl, I was just thinking that it's been a whole day and even in Paris we have WiFi or computers in hotel lobbies. I'm just concerned that's all...

    Guille, I haven't become pessimistic...I've become "French". ;-)

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  108. If the WiFi is in the lobby, following my theory, they still don't have access because they haven't left the room!

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  109. I agree Michael, I find it a little suspicious too...

    Bravo Eric! Quel talent! Only you can do this! It's brilliant and really sweet! I love it.
    I think you will inspire many other couples to do such a romantic and original surprise...

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  110. Oh, how lovely!! Tres manifique!

    I did say "Awwww!" and had to share it with my husband. Such a lovely and romantic story it is just lovely!

    Congratulations to Manu and Smitha!! May your marriage be long and happy!

    Eric, what a special thing to do for them! You are definitely more than just a friendly Parisian, you are a friend!

    Christie
    Struck My Fancy

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  111. Well I won't pass up a dialogue with Buzzgirl if I can get it.

    So...if your theory holds true, this couple stayed in their room ALLLLL DAAAYYYY and did what? Write post cards? I'm just confused Buzzgirl.

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  112. But whatever is the end (good or bad) for this couple, I find the whole story great, very entertaining. Now we are all wondering what happened to them. Wow! this post becomes a captivating story and a series!
    Great! So when do you think we will have news?

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  113. Quand on est à Paris, on fait l’amour, n’est-ce pas? C’était vrai pour moi…and I didn’t get engaged !

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  114. Michael, you dared! French are NOT pessimistic! Non mais!
    They stayed in their room all day long?...So I guess they had to send thousand of postcards!

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  115. Buzzgril! ça ne se dit pas!blushing blushing.
    LOL

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  116. That is so romantic and what a great story!

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  117. That was so sweet of you Eric! I only hope to have someone do shomething that special for me one day...
    I love the little Eiffel Tower symbol that shows up next to the url in my address bar now, what a perfect touch to your blog!

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  118. Justine, you're lucky, in my adress bar, I have a "B"...
    ;)

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  119. Guille,
    It's just a very simple little image http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y48/starlight0229/pdp.jpg

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  120. Hey, not cool, I wanna see the Eiffel Tower, too!!! Does that show up on only on a Mac?

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  121. Oh it's cute Justine! But why have I this little boring orange "B"?..You too Tomate?

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  122. Hi Eric,
    nice foto!
    How lucky they were that you captured the moment.....
    My wife was in Paris and I hope we can make it possible again together...
    Gerhard Kaiser - Google me

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  123. I hope the news are good...

    Maybe, Eric knows the answer now and is preparing a new post with a message from Manu and Smitha?

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  124. I have the Eiffel Tower in my address bar too. Cute!

    So I've been gone all day and now it's 12:30 in Paris and the happy couple haven't shown up yet??

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  125. Tomate, I'm actually not on a mac right now...
    Guille, I don't know why you don't have it... all I did was refresh and there it was...

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  126. Oooh dear Michael, perhaps i am a little worried as you are. Nothing yet. I do hope the news will be good. Eek for Manu...

    Oh and Michael, if the other theory is correct, then yes of COURSE AALLLLL DAYYYYYYY in the room! They have lots of wedding invitations to write, silly!

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  127. OK, here I am! I won't be able to answer everyone, I'm afraid, but I'm glad you liked the story - I was sure you would actually.

    FYI, I did not hear from them but... I had an email from Manu's cousin who apparently checks PDP too. He just said they looked cute, but I don't think he heard from them either.


    Bienvenue à Stef et à sa femme, les Californiens ;)

    Michael, did you already hear about identity theft?! I think that is what you did LOL...

    Guille "Je voudrais qu'il m'arrive la même chose, je serais capable de dire oui à un inconnu. :)" C'est facile, l'adresse c'est Passerelle Debilly ;)

    Vicky Yeah, right! ;)

    Lynn, here is the I stayed 30 minutes roughly. I Arrived a little early, put my hood on so that I could not be recognized, then took a few pics of just anything to keep me busy.
    A 1st couple showed up but I realized pretty quickly it was not them, then @ 7:40, coming from nowhere, here they were.

    He knelt down 2 or 3 secs - I unfortunately missed that part - and handed out the ring - (well, as far as I could see, because it was really dark and I was busy taking pictures.)

    I then took a thousand pictures, knowing that very few of them would be OK because of the lack of light. I also took some with the Eiffel Tower in the background (like the one on the making of).

    I did not want to be too visible as Smitha would really have wondered why this doggy guy with as hood was taking that many photos of them LOL

    That's it!

    Katie "Not to mention the fact that a bunch of strangers know their story now!" Yep. Exactly 2 560!

    Monica "...with a paper sign in our hands saying "Will Say Yes". You crack me up! And yes I am proud and touched by this story;)

    Jennifer "Eric, you photo is perfect! The bells from yesterday were actually wedding bells, weren't they? :)" Eh eh... I did not think of that, but I like it!

    Jeff, you sent me picnic photos? When? Your last email was sent March 18 and has not photos in it?!

    Petrea "That does it. If/when Mr. Perfect and I ever get to take a honeymoon, we're bringing Eric." Er... That is a nice thought but I don't think so LOL!

    Mme Benaut "ll French men are romantic at heart, n'est ce pas?" Totally! It's in our genes!

    Tonton "Can anybody guess which famous "cult" movie this is from?" Er... Star Wars? Rocky IV?

    Kim "Will you be taking the wedding photos, too? ;^)" I don't think so ;) As far as I understand the wedding will take place far from Paris...

    Rose, you're welcome!

    Sailor girl. Cry?! Really? I don't understand this Kissimmee membership?!

    Monday Morning Power. Well I'm honored. Whom should I thank first? Lydia or you?

    Coucou Jz! (See I got back to you;))

    Tonton (on the photo of the Passerelle). Yes, it's nice I must say - shame I had to use the might shot settings - it makes the photo very grainy. If you pay attention, the small couple at the bottom of the photo is Manu and Smitha.

    Buzz Girl. LOOOOOOOL on "If the WiFi is in the lobby, following my theory, they still don't have access because they haven't left the room!" and yes, "Quand on est à Paris, on fait l’amour, n’est-ce pas?" bt if I remember well, you did not exactly test the local products did you?!

    Dorothée. "I think you will inspire many other couples to do such a romantic and original surprise..." I hope so - but I won't always be there to takes photos!!

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  128. Have you noticed that Eric is quiet too? Maybe they loved him so much, they packed him into their suitcase to photograph their honeymoon!

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  129. Silly me, yes, I see it now.

    Guille: You can see it if you use Mozilla's Firefox browser instead of Explorer. (Il faut utiliser Firefox de Mozilla plutot que l'Explorer de Microsoft pour la voir.)

    Here is the website to get the US English version (but you can probably google it and find the French version easily):

    Voici le site pour telecharger la version US de Firefox.

    http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/?from=getfirefox

    Voici le site pour telecharger Firefox version Fr. (en principe):

    http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/?from=getfirefox

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  130. It's late...Sure Eric is out tonight, drinking some cocktails in a classy and trendy "ice bar" or something like that...

    Zut alors, tout le monde a cette fichue Tour Eiffel? (Sorry for it Pontgirl).

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  131. Justine, yes, I see that now :)
    It's a browser issue, I think, not a Mac v. PC issue.

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  132. Tomate, merci, j'ai les deux mais j'utilise Explorer que je préfère.
    Je vais essayer, juste pour le fun.

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  133. I guess they left Eric behind then. Ok.

    Manu KNELT DOWN?.....sigh.....
    He GAVE HER A RING........sigh.......

    Oh this is toooooooooooo romantic. I love it.

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  134. I knew you'd like this little "detail" Lynn!

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  135. Yeahhhh, little eiffel tower! I erase the "bloody" eiffel tower :s

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  136. Yes, it's tomorrow, already, and the suspense is killing me and tous le monde !

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  137. I do, i do, Eric!! You know me well. ... sigh again.... Anything else? Could you glimpse the ring at all? Solitaire, three stone? sapphire, another gem, what? Ooohhh this is unbearable. Did they walk off hand in hand or had you disappeared into the shadows by then?

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  138. "Michael, did you already hear about identity theft?! I think that is what you did LOL..."

    MICHAEL!!! It was you the Manu and Smitha's comments? Are you kidding? Shame on you!!
    LOL

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  139. Guille, Michael is totally shameless. He does that kinf od thing to us you know.

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  140. He did? He didn't! Noooo! Michael? No! Did he?

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  141. how nice of you to do that for them. You are kind. I love Paris it's been awhile since I visited & your pictures bring back lots of lovely memories.
    Thx
    Ciara

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  142. Such joy comes from this photo thanks

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  143. Alas yes, it was me who stole their identity in the beginning to keep the guests entertained like at any wedding. I had only expected that the couple would appear much sooner to tell us the news.

    Any news Eric? Maybe you could drag them out of their hotel room and take an "after" photo too!

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  144. Romantic Eric! The best part of the photo is the mystery that surrounds the answer!

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  145. Great story and great picture for a great photo blog

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  146. Goodness they've taken soooo long in getting here, Michael, the type of photos Eric will be taking makes the mind boggle. Perhaps they'll suddenly turn up in front of his camera, clothes askew, hair all ruffled, puffing and blowing their excuses?

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  147. Hey Lynn, sometimes people like us have to live vicariously through others! *wink*

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  148. I love it! You are fantastically reliable, and personally I think the shot is great. Even without the light, you can see the happy expression on her face.

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  149. Indeed Michael, it's the closest i'll get to a proposal in Paris.

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  150. Hint; Hint; she says !!

    Michael, you're just a little devil, - you are !!!

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  151. Eric; you said "genes" ? !!!
    A little play on words, je pense.
    Vous, les gens français êtes incorrigibles et les plus humoristiques! C'est pourquoi nous venons à Paris!

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  152. Just loved the story and pasted it up on my blog. And have been passing the love story to everyone I met. And yes congratulations to this fine couple. Wishing you the best in your journey through life together. Elaine Cooke

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  153. Hi all the way from Arkansas. Love the blog, keep up the good work. This is awesome. Thank you, for capturing love and romance in full bloom. Wish the couple all the best. I know you mentioned light, but it couldn't have been more perfect.

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  154. Monsieur le President finished his speech with "Long live the United Kingdom, Long live France!" and got a standing ovation in the House.

    I think he may be allowed extra pudding tonight at the Castle.

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  155. oops wrong post. he he my day off is turning out to be quite fun.

    Where ARE you, lovers? No i don't mean the Sarkozys.

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  156. Oh my heart aches with the romance and timelessness of this story. How sweet! Don't you feel a little curious to meet them?

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  157. That is incredible. My trip to Paris was never THAT exciting! That is so nice of you to do that!

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  158. What a wonderfully romantic story. I love the photo -- it's beautiful!

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  159. This is the most romantic story I have ever heard. Thanks for sharing it.

    This is my first visit on your blog, but I'm definitely coming back! I love it already.

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  160. Quelle jolie histoire d'amour... Yes you are right how could she resist ... i wouldn't. Marvelous story and you are so sweet to do that.

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  161. beautiful....
    manu and smitha: kidhar ho? congratulations to both of u'll
    - kunal
    http://mindlessmumbai.blogspot.com/

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  162. yes!! i could now comment!!! weee
    gosh!!
    i love the story..
    its the sweetest thing!!
    how nice of Manu!! and how nice of you too Eric for granting Manu's request!!
    Bisous!

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  163. Wow! What an awesome story to tell their kids! I love all your photos of Paris.

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  164. Eric, this has got to be the best photo blog assignment of the year!

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  165. Awwwwwwwww! Tat's the most romantic thing i've seen/read ever!

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  166. I definitely went, "Awww!" That is such a wonderful story. One day, I will go to Paris!

    Your photographs are amazing, by the way.

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  167. First visit..and already saying Awwwwww...you hv got the most romantic assignment on the planet :)

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  168. Awwwwwwwwwwww, you touched my heart, Gosh it would have been so romantic and I cant stop thinking of the smile on Smitha's face....

    Cheers!!!

    BTW, One day am sure I shal visit Paris!

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  169. Thank you so much for doing this and sharing this with us. You almost got tears to my eyes!!

    This is like a dream.. i would want to come true for myself.. aaaawwww!!!

    Coincidently i went through this blog for the first time today, and tommorow i have my visa interview with the french consulate.

    This makes me want to be in Paris even more.

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  170. That is so great that you did that for him...how romantic...now I'm daydreaming about love; thank you!!!

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  171. Wow ! I'm jealous lol so romantic , good job Eric ! You have got a wonderful heart :)

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  172. Amazing story!
    So,there is such a souls-like me?! XD

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  173. Four years later, this is still amazing! Thank you for reminding me.

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  174. This is so amazing. Incredible story!

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