Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Is she or isn't she?

First of all, I have to say that you guys cracked me up with your comments yesterday, and I definitely needed that after a long work week. Secondly, I have to say that I was almost thinking about not doing a April Fool's Day prank this year. After what I wrote two years ago and then last year, I wasn't quite sure what there was left to write about. Now on to the post...

For those of you who were asking for photographic evidence, I give you the temporary ring C proposed with. I "forgot" to post a photo of it on purpose, just to throw you guys off. Cuz I'm sneaky like that.And here's the ring I designed for myself and had made in the US. It has a fourth band of diamonds that will go across the top after the wedding:And here's the two of us at the engagement party my co-workers threw for us on St Patrick's day (hence the festive headband):
And here's the champagne the flight crew gave to us:And lastly, here is a poor C in CDG, completely exhausted after lugging my dress (People, I have a dress!!) and the accessories that go with it across the Atlantic. I'm telling you guys, it was a b*tch to get that thing back here. Never again!Is that enough proof for y'all??

So yes, I am happy to announce that we really are engaged and C really did propose during my surprise boat trip. But it was the night before we went to the US, and then we had to come home and pack for our flight, so I didn't really have time to announce it to many people. Plus I wanted to tell my family first. And then once we were over there, things were so darn hectic that I didn't have time to write a proper post about it. And then I realized April Fool's Day was quickly approaching and that this would make a good story to double-cross y'all.

So voila, you have the truth! Now hopefully we really do live happily ever after... :)

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Blogger Jennie said...

Aww I'm so happy for you Sam!!!

April 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

I KNEW that's what the valentine's surprise would be! CONGRATS!

April 2, 2011 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger katiez said...

What wonderful news - congratulations, best wishes and all that!
I am so very happy for you!

April 2, 2011 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Sara Louise said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Your ring is gorgeous and you look very happy! Best of luck to you both :-)

April 2, 2011 at 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! Congratulations, I'm so happy for you two. All the very best, you deserve it.

April 2, 2011 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Animesh said...

Awesome! I'm so happy for you :-)

April 2, 2011 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Ah ah ! Félicitations !

April 2, 2011 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Congratulations! About to celebrate our 20th.

April 2, 2011 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Zuleme said...

That is really nice and you are a lovely couple. He sounds like a great guy and I am happy for you.

April 2, 2011 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Anon said...

Wonderful. Love marriage, we celebrate 35 years in May.

April 2, 2011 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Alison said...


April 2, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Syd said...

Well, you got me! Best wishes for a long and happy life together. It's very gratifying to see you looking forward to a life you want after having witnessed the darker preceding times, now a memory. Good for you for carving out the life you want.

April 2, 2011 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger marla said...

Congratulations! Beautiful ring...

April 2, 2011 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I thought maybe it was a way to announce it so that nobody would believe it at first.
Can't believe you have a dress already. Have fun with planning! (and I think that is the first picture you have posted of him)

April 2, 2011 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

Congratulations! And what an awesome April Fool's Day reverse joke!!

April 2, 2011 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger melinda said...

Wonderful....I am so happy for y'all and glad to have met both of you in make a great couple.

April 2, 2011 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger DiaryofWhy said...

WHAT?! I'll admit, you totally got me. Maligne! The rings (both of them) are totally gorgeous. Congrats, to both of you!

April 2, 2011 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger La Rêveuse said...

I suspected it was real, but I'm enough of a fool in real life without adding to it on the internet. (Wait, I do that, too...)

Congratulations!!! You both look so happy, and the rings are gorgeous!!! I love the one you designed--I also designed my own ring, and it makes it extra special to have something that's truly "you".

Can't wait to see a photo of the dress. ;-)

April 2, 2011 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Antipo Déesse said...

Well consider me double-crossed! Am delighted to hear such happy news. Love to you both! xxx

April 2, 2011 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger BebeJardin said...

OMG, Ksam! This is SO exciting! Congrats, love. I am so SO encouraged and inspired by your story... dreams can come true! Sigh :)

April 2, 2011 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger au soleil levant said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you both. C is such a lucky guy to have found you. He sounds like he's pretty special too. I'm so glad that you are living such a wonderful romantic story now, after all the crap you've had to deal with. The rings are beautiful, and I can't wait to see the dress and hear more details. Wonderful news! Congratulations! Keep us posted about all the details!

April 2, 2011 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

I'm so glad it's true. Everytime you posted in the last year I was hoping that would be your news.

April 2, 2011 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Oneika said...

OMG!! That's so freakin' fantastic!!!!!! You and C make a gorgeous couple. I'm happy for you!

April 2, 2011 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Camille said...

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April 2, 2011 at 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Your rings are beautiful.

April 2, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger ~meredith~ said...

Yay! That's the best not April Fool ever!

April 2, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Pardon My French said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for you. Have to say I'm happy about the double cross, you trickster you. The ring is beautiful, and you make a very handsome couple. Best wishes to you both.

April 2, 2011 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger corine said...

Chere Samantha, toutes mes felicitations, en plus c'est un Francais ! Yuppi ! Je suis super contente pour toi. Can I say that soon, you will be "totally frenched in" ?

April 2, 2011 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Monique said...

CONGRATS! That's super exciting and that's a gorgeous ring :)

April 3, 2011 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

I knew the boat trip story should have ended in something shiny, but I definitely thought you were winding us up yesterday! Congratulations!
I bought my dress in the US as well and we put it in the biggest vacuum space bag we could find and ended up being able to fold it into half of my carry-on once all the air was sucked out of it.
Did you stick to tradition and keep it hidden from him??
The ring is gorgeous, so cool that you designed it yourself!

April 3, 2011 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I knew it! Even with it being April Fools, I wasn't doubting it. (All the posts you do about how cute C is, his mistakes in English, etc? proof that you are completely smitten.)
The ring is really really lovely, by the way.

April 3, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, we celebrate 37 years in June. Have you set the date yet?

April 3, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Wow, that's huge news! I had a feeling that's what happened on V Day, but you're a sneaky one so I wasn't sure. I'm so happy for you, you really do deserve a happy ending.

April 3, 2011 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Michele said...

Congratulations! The ring you designed is beautiful!

April 3, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Cécy said...

There is one thing that made me wonder if maybe it was true: your orginal post about your boat tour had no pictures of the Eiffel Tower which I found quite odd given your love of the "Dame de Fer". So I thought maybe? But then again it was April 1st.

So we get to see the gentleman too, he's quite cute I have to say. And you do look very happy and far more relaxed than any of the last picture as saw you in.

So to the two of you Félicitations. Have fun planning the French wedding, may you find great support in each other for years to come and have the marriage you diserve. The wedding after all is only the beginning.

April 3, 2011 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Canedolia said...


Can I just say that, as well as being delighted for you, I'm incredibly impressed by your organisation (both having a dress already and setting up your April fool)?!

April 3, 2011 at 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I did suspect you had forgotten to mention a little something about your Valentine's Day excursion.

What a lovely romantic future husband you have.

Live happily ever after. :)

April 3, 2011 at 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats! Thought I'd add it here as well! Beautiful ring!

April 3, 2011 at 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgot to say - divine ring.

April 3, 2011 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Emily {Rue de France} said...

Ok, NOW I believe you!! Whee!!! Congratulations!

April 3, 2011 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Congrats Sam, best wishes to you & C!!

April 3, 2011 at 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO WAY!!! I love it! You totally had me! great rings! autumn, spring or summer wedding?! cograts!!

April 3, 2011 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger PigletinFrance said...

congratulatuions!!!! your ring is beautiful & you make a gorgeous couple :)

April 4, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger emmabovary said...

Congratulations! What a splendid ring! Wishing you all the best for a long and happy cross-cultural life together.

April 4, 2011 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am so happy for you!!! You two look so happy. And so adorable! I want to kiss you both, even if it is overstepping boundaries seeing as we've never met. But I really am happy for you and hope you do live happily ever after.

April 4, 2011 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger slim said...

Congrats!!!!! Wishing you a beautiful marriage! Even though I've never met you, I've been following your blog for a long time & feel so happy for you :)

April 4, 2011 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

Congrats! Your ring is beautiful! I have been following your blog for a long time very happy for you!

April 4, 2011 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Sietske said...

I have followed you for quite some years now, always silenty, all they way through that horrid ordeal with F, and I am sooo glad to read this news. Even though I don't know you, I am still very very happy for you! Congratulations!!

April 4, 2011 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Lady Jennie said...


Are you going to get married in a chateau? With ducks wandering?

Congratulations. I wish you all the joy being stuck in France for life. Oh wait ...

No just kidding. And I do love your new ring - it's so pretty and delicate. My husband asked my friends luckily or I would have ended up with a modern ring that looked like a UFO.

April 4, 2011 at 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! C seems like a great guy and you certainly deserve that. It's really nice to put a face to the blog...thanks for the pictures!

April 4, 2011 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger laura said...

Congratulations! Your ring is gorgeous and that proposal story is so romantic. Best wishes to the both of you!

April 5, 2011 at 6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Sam!!

Did someone say bubbles? When are we toasting!!

April 5, 2011 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Mil said...

Very nice double-crossing. I agree the rings are lovely and you all look very happy together. Best of luck!

April 6, 2011 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Kathrin said...

Congratulations to the two of you! So happy to read this wonderful news. You make a beautiful couple and the ring is simply gorgeous! Can't wait to find out about your wedding plans :))

April 7, 2011 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Ksam said...

Thanks for all of your comments everyone!! I could never have made it to this point today without all of your help & support over these past few years!!

April 7, 2011 at 7:44 PM  
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April 11, 2011 at 10:20 AM  

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