6.10.2011

j'aime mon fiancé.

They say opposites attract. I've often thought this was a phrase penned simply to further storylines in our favorite romantic novels or to explain why nice girls routinely fall for bad boys. But then I met Gabriel.

He is technical, and I am creative.
He is steady and I am an emotional mess.
He is stick-to-it-iveness embodied, and I...well, I am not.
He is logical, and I am whimsical.
He is softspoken, and I am likely to be heard in a room.
He is athletic, and I'm artistic.
He is right brained, and I am all left.

Yet regardless of all these differences, there is a balance that makes life better for both of us. I can tie his bows and he can troubleshoot my software...so to speak. There are gentle, kind moments, thoughtfully supportive words and cheerful laughs. There's elated talk of the future, savoring of the present and turning over of the past.

Whether from six thousand miles away or six inches apart, our love simply works. And so, he will become my husband. And I will become his wife.

We couldn't be any happier. :)

71 comments:

  1. YESS!!!! YES YES YES YES YES!!! YAY! I (obviously) have no words!!!!!! i am so excited for you! <3

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  2. I cannot lie, I am also pretty excited to be the first and second commenter. Hah!

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  3. Congrats!!! That is so exciting :) and that ring is gorgeous!

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  4. Oh wow wow wow! So excited and happy for you! What a beautiful place to get engaged.

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  5. i've been waiting for this one!!!

    squealing with delight here in the u. s. of a.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    you are getting married!!!!!!!!!

    congrats congrats!! can't even wait to hear all of the details. those pretty pastel macarons and that enormous rock complete with oh-so-beth antique glam is making my mouth water beyond words. WOWZA!!

    so so so exciting!!

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  6. p.s. jeff is nervous that he may never be able to one-up this ring shot...it's FAB!

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  7. Yay! Your ring is gorgeous! :)

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  8. Congratulations! How exciting. And your ring is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations to you both :)

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  9. Oooh, I'm reminded of a certain late-night Facebook chat we had back in January... A proposal in Paris? Couldn't be more perfect! I love the macarons and that beautiful ring.

    Your photo on FB today made me grin from ear to ear, Bethany.

    So, so happy for you and Gabe! Can't wait to hear all the romantic details and to follow along as you plan your wedding.

    Felicitations! xo

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  10. EEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeek!!! Congratulations Bethany!!!! Sorry for the exclamation marks, I'm just a tad excited. And is that the ring? Holy smokes it's gorgeous.
    Congratulations to you and Gabriel.

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  11. Congratulations a million times over, this is such happy news. So very excited for you. Cheers to a wonderful future together.

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  12. Congratulations, dear Bethany! This is so great!!!
    I saw it coming somehow... your blog/life reads like a movie or romantic book so this had to be around the corner somewhere... and that ring - unbelievable!

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  13. Congratulations! That ring is beautiful!

    I'm a new follower, can't wait to hear about the wedding plans and learn more about you guys :)

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  14. Yay!! I'm so extremely happy for you :) congrats! I'm so excited to see that long distance didn't damper your relationship! So so happy for you
    :) bobbi

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  15. OMG! Congrats! And what a beautiful ring! A proposal in Paris! Lucky girl...even luckier Gabriel!

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  16. That is so wonderful :) The picture is the most romantic thing I've ever seen. I can't wait to follow along for the rest of your story!

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  17. Yay Bethany!
    I am excited to watch all your beautiful details come together!
    Congratulations!

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  18. That ring is GOR. JUSS.

    I had a feeling a proposal in Paris was coming. :)

    And as for the opposites attract, I feel ya, girl. My husband is pretty much nothing like me, but somehow, it works.

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  19. Wonderful news! Congratulations to you both!

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  20. Oh my gosh, Bethany! Congratulations!! I'm so happy for both of you! Gorgeous ring, as well!
    <3 Kiersten

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  21. First I was all "oooooh french macarons" but then I saw the ring! WHAT A RING!! It's beautiful. Congratulations!!

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  22. awwww yay!! i have chills reading your words. so very happy for you!

    what a gorgeous ring. i know the story is going to be the most romantic one ever.

    congrats!

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  23. Soooo excited for you, congrats! :D I have been reading your blog for some time now and I think you're great. Enjoy Paris!

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  24. Oh my goodness, Bethany!!!! That was unexpected! Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you :D The ring is absolutely gorgeous. So exciting!

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  25. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So excited for you! Gabe picked out an absolutely gorgeous ring!! You deserve all the happiness in the world!

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  26. Congratulations! So happy for the two of you...and I echo all the other commenters...wowzer! That ring is unreal!

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  27. AH!!!! Congratulations Bethany! I saw the title and immediately thought I misread "France" as "Fiance" then looked again and squealed!

    I'm so happy for you and Gabe. You're clearly head over heels for him and if he cares about you the way you care about him then I am wishing you the absolute BEST girl. Yay for proposals in Paris!

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  28. and PS - Is that your ring?! Girl, that is Fiiiiine.

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  29. Congrats! What exciting news (and what an exciting place to get engaged!). Best wishes!

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  30. Congratulations! Beautiful ring!

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  31. Perfection! Here's to your happily ever after!

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  32. congratulations!!!!!! so awesome :)

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  33. I totally knew it!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so excited for you and I can't wait to hear, er, read, all about it!

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  34. I am beyond excited for you! Congratulations sweet friend!!!

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  35. BETHANY! I knew it! I am so thrilled for you. Congrats!

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  36. WOW! Best news ever! Congratulations Bethany (you too Gabe!). Best wishes and Hip Hip Hooray!

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  37. Congratulations!! Your ring is beautiful and what an lovely, romantic place to get engaged?

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  38. YAHOO!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you and Gabe! That ring shot is so soft + feminine and beautiful! (Just like you, dear Bethany). Did you have a feeling this would happen?

    What a romantic place to get engaged!! Hmmm--started dating in Ireland, engaged in Paris,...where will the wedding be? :)

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  39. yippee! congratulations! i can't wait to read the story and see this wedding unfold...

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  40. congratulations! that is wonderful! your ring is stunning!!

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  41. Yay! What a fabulous ring and a fabulous place to get engaged! :)

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  42. Congratulations, Bethany! The ring is amazing--what great memories you will have of your trip and proposal! Hope you enjoyed Paris--my husband and I just returned and loved every minute of our time there.

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  43. Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you.

    Just when I think I'm ready to give up on love, I stumble across as love story like yours and start believe there are reasons to hope.

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  44. Congratulations! I love the ring and the beautiful photo of it! I can't wait to hear the engagement story! (and to read all about the wedding planning)

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  45. Absolutely beautiful!! Congratulations!! That is so exciting!

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  46. So stinkin' excited for you!!! You deserve the very best and how awesome will it be to tell your future children that mommy and daddy got engaged in Paris!!!!
    CONGRATS!!!!!

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  47. so exciting! love your blog!

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  48. Awesome news!! I wondered when you wrote about this trip if he would propose to you! Such romance!

    And by the way, your ring is simply breathtaking!

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  49. That ring. Ohhhh that ring. Is just perfect. I can't wait to oogle it in person! I can't believe you're going to get married! I am just as excited as I would be for any of my best friends. I literally CANNOT wait to be along for the ride for what will obviously be the dreamiest wedding ever. And yes, where will it be?? And when? I can't wait to hear the story and details and all of it.

    Oh and you & Gabe are eeerily similar to John and I. The left brain/right brain thing is very apparent in our relationship and it works so fantastically. I'm so happy yours does too.

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  50. congratulations dear!! this is the sweetest news!! you deserve all the happiness in the world!! xoxoox

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  51. So excited for you two! Enjoy planning the wedding...don't let it stress you out, it should be fun!

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  52. Congrats dear this is wonderful news. So happy for you and Gabe!!

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  53. Congratulations!

    It couldn't be more romantic. I am really happy for you. And I totally agree with Shannon, I'm as happy for you as I would be for my bests.

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  54. Congratulations!! That ring is gorgeous, and you've obviously found such a wonderful guy to spend your life with! Can't wait to hear about everything!

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  55. i am so happy for you!! congratulations!

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  56. Ohhh yay! That's absolutely wonderful. I'm soo excited for you. And what a beautiful way to announce that you are engaged :) x

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  57. Bethany...this is just FANTASTIC news for you and Gabe. I am so happy for you both. Congratulations :)

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  58. Holy cow. What beautiful words. Congratulations!!

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  59. Cookies and diamonds and utter happiness :) So, so happy for you!

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  60. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! HOW AMAZING!! I CAN'T EVEN CONTAIN MYSELF I MUST WRITE IN ALL CAPS!!! haha, I'll stop now. But truly, I am so so so happy for you! and oh my, that ring is stunning! congrats!

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  61. What wonderful news! And what an absolutely breathtaking ring! You must be over the moon!

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  62. OMG, I AM SOOOOO UNBELIEVABLY HAPPY FOR YOU! OVERJOYED!!! i just read your proposal.. i mean how much more magical can you get?! you are living a storybook romance but it is REAL. and no one deserves it more!!! i can't wait to follow this journey, this exciting chapter in both your lives <3

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  63. So very happy for you...
    Blessings!

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