Kevin traveled from Malaysia to propose to Jane in the City of Love. His Eiffel Tower proposal setting was Trocadéro, which offers some of the most iconic views in Paris. It was a cold winter morning with temperatures near freezing. As chance would have it, we were blessed with a spectacular sunrise, making for soft, flattering, pinkish-gold light worthy of the "Golden Hour." Kevin hired a marriage proposal planner to assist in executing a memorable Paris surprise proposal concept, which involved a made-up art exhibition, two classical musicians, Rolls-Royce PHANTOM, and a beautiful love note. After Jane said "Yes," we made a quick pitstop at her favorite Parisian bridge, Alexander III, before concluding our 2-hour Paris photoshoot with the Louvre and a charming café.
A Paris surprise proposal as unique as she
When it comes to unique marriage proposal ideas that touch the heart, we never cease to be amazed by the creativity and passion of our gentlemen (and ladies).
Kevin's Paris surprise proposal concept went something like this: he told Jane that they'd visit an art exhibition at Trocadéro ... and needed to arrive at sunrise in order to beat the crowds.
When they reached the proposal setting (i.e. the art exhibition), they stumbled upon eight easels displaying messages related to "devotion." Kevin and Jane moved from easel to easel ... and Kevin was mindful to stay behind her as they read the general promises of devotion together.
The final display then personalized Kevin's promise with a commitment to devote his entire life to making her the happiest woman in the world.
The display concluded with a simple call to action for her to turn around. And while Jane was absorbing the final message of devotion, Kevin quickly stepped back and dropped to his knee.
When Jane turned around, he looked her straight in the eyes and asked her to become his wife.
But Kevin was not done, yet: he patiently waited on his right knee (for what must have felt like an eternity) for Jane to come to him, then handed her a small bouquet of red roses and a beautiful love note ... which they read together. Kevin softly embraced Jane as they turned towards the Eiffel Tower.
And since they had a pair of fabulous classical musicians on hand, Kevin asked Jane for their first dance as fiancée and fiancé.
When you are ready, please turn around.Kevin Lo
My favorite memory from our Paris surprise proposal was when Jane had her back turned to me, reading the final message of devotion ... and as she turned around ... I'll never forget how tears rolled down the cheeks of her beautiful face. That moment is now forever etched into my memory.Kevin Lo
"One of the 16 most epic proposal shots we've seen."Wedding Chicks
The dos & don'ts of the perfect Paris surprise Proposal
When you travel thousands of miles to propose in Paris like Kevin, you've already demonstrated how madly in love you are and how important the surprise wedding proposal is to you.
Then again, you only get one shot at making your Paris surprise proposal deeply romantic, unique, and unforgettable. And that's why we compiled a comprehensive list of Paris-specific proposal dos & don'ts (we assume you already checked out the general dos & don'ts of How to Propose).
Let's start with the dos:
Do agree with your Paris photographer on the exact proposal location, starting time, and a signal that you're about to propose.
Do dress to impress—Paris is an elegant city ... so style trumps comfort. Importantly, without giving away the surprise element, come up with a persuasive argument as to why she needs to dress sharp, too.
Do consider hiring an associate to help manage crowds and protect your belongings from theft when you propose at popular locations, such as Trocadéro, Bir-Hakeim, Notre Dame, or the Louvre Museum.
Do send your photographer a WhatsApp message (including a selfie so she recognizes you from a distance) moments before you leave your hotel, and again a final heads-up text shortly before you arrive at the designated proposal spot.
Do discretely try to get her to tie her hair in a bun or pull it back so we can see and capture her reaction as she accepts the ring.
Do take some time to comfort her tightly as you bring your relationship full circle before you get down on your knee.
Do take one big step backwards when you're ready to pop the 4-word question.
Do maintain perfect eye contact and mind your posture as you raise the open ring box with both hands and ask her to marry you.
Do stay on your knee until she comes to you to accept the ring.
Do place the ring box on the floor before you put the ring on the finger. Do slide the ring halfway up to her knuckle and pause to look her in the eyes (you can either do so while you're still on a knee or you can stand up first).
Do have a fabulous gameplan for the remainder of the day, including a romantic dinner and possibly a Paris photo shoot while the emotions are precious.
Now we've come to the don'ts section, which by design is shorter since you'll be so well prepared based on the dos:
Don't ever show up early for a surprise proposal since your photographer may otherwise miss the moment (but still try to be on time).
Don't propose without a ring.
Don't carry anything in your pant pockets (it will look bad in the photos); instead, place your wallet, phone, keys, and the ring box in your sports jacket, blazer, or suit.
Don't immediately turn to your photographer after she accepts the ring. Instead, take your time to connect and enjoy your first steps as fiancées ... and consider playing some pre-recorded well-wishes from her dad and family (or call your families to announce the great news).
Don't forget to bring a pair of comfy shoes for her if you plan to continue with a Paris photoshoot.
Paris Surprise Proposal: one-on-one with Chantelle-Marie, your Proposal Planner extraordinaire
A marriage proposal planner will save you time, eliminate stress, facilitate communication with local vendors, inspire creative proposal ideas, and above all help you pull off that surprise proposal you always wanted.
In particular, when you're considering a destination proposal (such as Kevin's Paris surprise proposal), it's priceless to have an experienced and committed professional who can put together all the pieces for you.
Your marriage proposal planner will typically have a curated list of vetted vendors, and might even help you gain access to celebrity performers, exclusive venues, a helicopter, vintage car, yacht, and other concierge services.
Above all, you're investing in peace of mind—do you really want to be texting with a musician or florist moments before you pop the question?
My approach to planning marriage proposals starts with a phone or Skype consultation; thereafter, depending on the scope of your proposal, we'll frequently communicate via WhatsApp.
I want to get to know you, understand your relationship, and learn as much as possible about your partner ... after all, the proposal is really about her and not you, right? You know your partner best, though ... so any creative marriage proposal ideas start with your vision. I'll then help you finetune, personalize, and execute things flawlessly.
Here are some of the marriage proposal trends I'm seeing: gentlemen are investing a lot more time, love and resources into the proposal—it's more and more about the WOW factor, chivalry, and effort! It's no longer just about hiring a photographer and getting down on one knee.
Gentlemen appreciate that it's about the overall experience, starting before the actual proposal and ending well after you put the ring on her finger.
Today, we're seeing what I call multi-layered proposal concepts that affect her five senses, build anticipation, and create unforgettable moments that just keep building organically and crescendo in her saying "Yes." As such, you'll keep her guessing even if she may suspect that a proposal is coming.
Consider a scavenger hunt of sorts, personalized settings, destination proposals, classical musicians, a day-after massage, hand-written love notes, incorporating her kid or pet, candles, ... Make sure to hire a talented and discrete videographer and photographer.
And, of course, when you're ready to pull off your own Paris surprise proposal and are looking for the best place to propose in Paris, or just want some helpful tips on how to propose, feel free to reach out to me to set up a complimentary consultation.
If you loved Kevin + Jane's Paris surprise proposal, and would like to inquire about our Collections & availability, or just get some priceless insider tips on how to pull off a proposal she will love for the rest of her life, then ...Set up a Consultation
I'd advise any serious gentleman/lady who wants to pull off an extraordinary (destination) Paris surprise proposal to reach out to Chantelle and Cengiz as early in the proposal planning process as possible. They will take great care of you every step of the way. Be passionate and responsive in communication, and rest assured that Cengiz and Chantelle will mirror your commitment and energy. Don't be shy to share your proposal ideas with your marriage proposal planner and be 100% authentic. A great planner should be receptive to your ideas and unique vision. Only when your marriage proposal planner appreciates your expectations and personality can she personalize a dream proposal for you.Kevin Lo