Bad Yogi Engagement Part II

Bad Yogi Engagement Part II

If you haven’t already, make sure you read Part I right here! Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for…

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As soon as we get there, we start taking yoga pictures and he takes a few before stopping me and says, “We should get a picture of the two of us but I’m afraid someone’s gonna run off with my camera, haha.” This was great because literally 6 feet away from us was a legit photographer taking pictures of random stuff with a camera even nicer than ours and I was like, “You should ask that guy– he looks like he knows what he’s doing!” So he gives “that guy” (his name was Vlad but of course, I didn’t know that yet) his camera and he was super nice about it, taking a bunch of pictures of us just standing there together. We eventually thank him and walk away a little bit, snap a few more yoga pictures until Adrien says he wants to take a selfie with his big-ass camera! It’s the DSLR that we film with and it’s quite heavy and cumbersome to maneuver, even with two hands let alone one. I was like, “that’s a terrible idea– the pictures the other guy took look fine!” Adrien walked us DIRECTLY in front of Vlad’s lens to take this ridiculous selfie and I was just thinking “oh my god… *facepalm*… we’re right in his way…”

Of course, Vlad saw Adrien struggling with his camera and offered to take more, which I started feeling bad about because he was clearly working on something else. Vlad was pretty into taking more pictures which didn’t seem weird to me because I just thought, photographers like taking pictures, right? 😉 Vlad paused for a second and said, “You should change angles and I’ll take it from a different perspective.” (Lie #7*)

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Adrien stepped in front of me so my back was to the screens and he and Vlad were facing them, and Vlad starts taking pictures of ME BY MYSELF! I was like, “OK, that’s ok… thanks, *uncomfortable smile* yeah…..Love, we need to leave this guy alone, this is so awkward!” Adrien responded, “It’s okay, chill! He does it better than me anyway!” LOL!

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And then, right there, in the middle of Time Square Adrien stepped back next to me, got down on one knee and said, “Erin…” and pointed up at the BIGGEST freaking amazing jumbo screen (where the New Years Eve ball drops!!!) which had pictures of us all over it from our different trips we’ve taken together, and it said “Erin Motz, will you marry me? No matter where in the world I go I want to be there with you.”

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I couldn’t even stand! Totally fell to my knees in full ugly cry mode. I just stared at him as he said, “I love you so much. Will you marry me?” Neither of us remembers what he said after that, and I didn’t even remember saying YES, but apparently I did 😉 I do remember saying, “Are you serious?! Is this for real?!” about a million times! I also know that I didn’t even pay attention to the ring; once I gained a tiny smidgen of composure he said, “… you can have this! I got it for you!” We both laughed and stood up to take it all in.

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So of course, the presence of this “total stranger photographer man” was orchestrated by Adrien. He hired Vlad to be there ahead of time and pose like he was just a tourist. He was really there to capture video with his own camera and take pics with OUR camera the whole time. By the time we stood up, there were like 200 people all around us taking pictures and cheering– including a Batman and three Lady Liberties, LOL! There were at least 3 video cameras that I saw, some people were paparazzi style hovering around us with cameras, and The NYPD were all over… it was INSANE!

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When we finally got away from the crowd we walked back to the hotel, hand in hand, while I periodically sobbed and laughed the whole way. We made the phone calls to the important people and headed out to dinner at my family’s favorite old school steakhouse, Gallagher’s. The maitre’d greeted us with celebratory champagne and we became the obnoxiously in-love couple everyone loves to hate for the rest of the night 😉

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Random fact: That bunny stuffed animal was purchased at FAO Schwartz because I picked it up a few days before and thought it was soo cute, and Adrien randomly insisted I have it! Still not sure why, haha. I also don’t remember even holding it here, I was just in awe of my ring! I promise this blog won’t become wedding central, but you better believe I’ll keep you updated as we plan the important stuff. We’re actually back to “business as usual” today and working on getting some major things out to you in the coming weeks, so you have no need to worry about being left in the engagement dust!

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I just want to say that I’m beyond blown away by the well wishes on social media and in my inbox and send my deepest, most sincere gratitude back to you. Thank you for the love.

From both of us,
Erin + Adrien
(aka Bad Yogi + The Frenchman ;))

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The Lie Breakdown:
#7) The screen had changed to the proposal and this was his signal to Adrien that it was go time!

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What a crazy weekend! I’ll leave it open today: got a question about me and the Frenchman? It’s open season– leave it below and I’ll answer 🙂

[Sidenote: here’s the post for Part I of the story in case you missed it!]

92 Comments

  1. Erin! I am so happy for u and with u!! (I am the Spanish Girl that asked u tips and published a Yoga challenge in Spanish). Nevertheless, I also got engaged a few weeks ago so I can relate with u 100%. By the way…does Adrien practice yoga, if not how it is for u?

    Lots of hugs filled of light. (if u can say so…)

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    • awesome! thank you so much and congrats to you as well! 🙂

      adrien does do yoga with me– it’s actually how we met. the story of that is in the comments above 😉

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  2. Congrats! When Caleb proposed it was a total surprise, so I just started at him and said “seriously?” He nodded and I was crying and said “oh.. yah. ” haha we’ve been married a little under a month. You may think business as usual but you’re going to make EVERYONE look at your ring. You’ll also get super distracted and just stare at it. It’s real fun when it catches the light. Again, congrats! I love weddings!!!

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    • so sweet! and you’re right– we’re working as usual, but anytime i can, i just stare and show everyone we meet, haha. thank you so much and congrats on your own! 🙂

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      • thanks so much! Enjoy this time and make the most of it! its like the only time in your life that you get your way! 😀 hehehe

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  3. This is so sweet! I love your engagement story- good luck to both of you as you start planning the rest of your lives together 🙂

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  4. Erin, what a wonderful story…you’ll both never forget! Since I’ve been folllowing you shortly (since April I guess) maybe I missed it 😉 ….how did you both meet :-D? Good luck and all the best from Germany!

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    • thank you so much! when i first started teaching he was one of my students! it was pretty much love at first date– we met at starbucks and talked for 8 hours. they had to kick us out because they were closing. almost 8 years later, here we are!

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  5. Erin, this is the best engagement story ever! You are so lucky, and you definitely deserve it! My ex proposed to me in his car…in front of a gas station…and then broke up with me via text a few months later. Your story helps me believe that love really does exist. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  6. Erin, this is the best engagement story ever! You are so lucky, and you definitely deserve it! My ex proposed to me in his car…in front of a gas station…and then broke up with me via text a few months later. Your story helps me believe that love really does exist. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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    • Meghan, the universe owes you a proposal ten times more wonderful than mine! I’ve declared it, so it will happen! 😉 Big love to you and THANK YOU for the sweet words! <3

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  7. Erin, this is the best engagement story ever! You are so lucky, and you definitely deserve it! My ex proposed to me in his car…in front of a gas station…and then broke up with me via text a few months later. Your story helps me believe that love really does exist. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  8. Waow you got one of my good compatriots! Believe me, if every Frenchmen was like yours, I wouldn’t have married a Canadian 😛 ! Very Happy for you both! Have a great life together and I hope you won’t lose your balance with this beautiful rock at your finger ! This proposal could be a Hollywood movie! Way to go Frenchman ! How did you meet ? Lots of Love. G.

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  9. Waow you got one of my good compatriots! Believe me, if every Frenchmen was like yours, I wouldn’t have married a Canadian 😛 ! Very Happy for you both! Have a great life together and I hope you won’t lose your balance with this beautiful rock at your finger ! This proposal could be a Hollywood movie! Way to go Frenchman ! How did you meet ? Lots of Love. G.

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    • HAHA! so true– he’s a special breed of french 😉 and THANK YOU SO MUCH! when i first started teaching he was one of my students! it was pretty much love at first date– we met at starbucks and talked for 8 hours. they had to kick us out because they were closing. almost 8 years later, here we are!

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  10. Waow you got one of my good compatriots! Believe me, if every Frenchmen was like yours, I wouldn’t have married a Canadian 😛 ! Very Happy for you both! Have a great life together and I hope you won’t lose your balance with this beautiful rock at your finger ! This proposal could be a Hollywood movie! Way to go Frenchman ! How did you meet ? Lots of Love. G.

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  11. That’s a beautiful story! Congratulations and have a wonderful life together!
    PS: my brother´s name is Vlad too 🙂 Hugs!

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  12. So sweet! Congratulations!!!

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  13. Ahhhh congratulations!!! What an incredible proposal!! Your ring is gorgeous by the way (and so are you!). Excited to hear about your wedding plans, don’t feel bad posting about them 🙂

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  14. CONGRADULATIONS ERIN!!! How did you guys first meet? You’re such am adorable couple. 🙂

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    • when i first started teaching he was one of my students! it was pretty much love at first date– we met at starbucks and talked for 8 hours. they had to kick us out because they were closing. almost 8 years later, here we are!

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  15. Your “ugly cry” is beautiful. It’s honest and raw and full of heartfelt emotions you only get to feel on the rarest of occasions. Congratulations!

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  16. This is so awesome! Congratulations to you and Adrien! The ring is stunning.

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  17. Erin, big Congrats from JAPAN❢ Your Frenchman’s a handsome guy❢ Good for you❢ And, of course, your smiles always melt everyone’s hearts not to mention his❢

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    • such sweet words, kyoko… thank you so so much! <3

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  18. Congrats on engagement! Wish you lifetime of love and happiness!!!♥
    How dis you guys meet? Also I have a quet directly for you. Being single myself for a very long time now, I wanna ask for how long have you been single and how did you battle the fear of never finding anyone and being sorta outcast?

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    • when i first started teaching he was one of my students! it was pretty much love at first date– we met at starbucks and talked for 8 hours. they had to kick us out because they were closing. almost 8 years later, here we are! everyone has their own journey/insecurity. mine was different: we had a LOT of judgment from people close to us because we’d been together for so long but hadn’t gotten married. i had lots of people tell me that he may not feel the same about me as i did about him, and that was always hurtful to hear, especially knowing otherwise. fear feels the same in any form, and the same goes with feeling outcast. best advice i ever received was to be so interested in YOURSELF that you develop into the kind of person you’d love to meet. stay interested.

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      • Erin, thank you so much for the answer. It is interesting piece of advise. Currently I am at the point where I kind of lost hope in bein in good relationships. But I am trying to change that.

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      • Great advice! And again such a cute story I just love it so much. Finally seeing part 2 and also getting to read how you 2 met made my day! Fighting tears here! lol.
        Wishing you both the best!

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  19. Your ring is stunning and you two are a beautiful couple! Congratulations!

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  20. This was wonderful to read! Can’t wait to read more about your journey towards marriage. Again, congratulations to the both of you!

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  21. soooo is the “Frenchman” from Nice???? I saw that Laura & John Madden and Rebecca and Caleb/John ( who are all good friends of ours) commented on your engagement
    That would be fun!
    Many blessings! and love!

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    • Sandra! Welp, the world just got a little smaller! He is from Nice 😉

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  22. This is just perfect. So happy for you guys! Thank you for sharing this wonderful story that made me smile on a kind of crappy day. So much love!!!

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  23. You made me laugh, you made me cry, thank you for sharing!
    And you know what? The best is ahead of you, because frenchmen are the most adorable of all. I know, I married one last year 🙂
    I wish all the best to both of you.
    xxx <3

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    • congrats!!! 🙂

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  24. How did you two meet?!

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    • when i first started teaching he was one of my students! it was pretty much love at first date– we met at starbucks and talked for 8 hours. they had to kick us out because they were closing. almost 8 years later, here we are!

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  25. This is soo much better than TV and all those rom-coms, I swear!!! 😀 I’m so happy for you! You have made my whole (long) weekend. When is the wedding gonna be? 🙂
    Lots of love!
    E.

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    • wedding won’t be until 2016– but don’t hold me to that! we’re not planning anything seriously yet… just enjoying this time 😀 <3

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  26. So happy for you and your happy news! Congrats! Also, I hope you can keep that amazing yogi attitude through the wedding planning process – I hear it’s quite the experience, haha. 😉

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  27. Absolutely beautiful! You definitely have a keeper! Love that you shared this story with us. Congratulations!!!

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  28. What a great moment! <3

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  29. As a New Yorker, I frequently scoff at anything to do with Times Square, but this made me tear up! So very, very excited for you and the Frenchman. Handstands in a wedding dress!?! 🙂

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    • LB! Hilarious! My family is from Queens so I’m right there with ya… but this was pretty epic and amazing. Totally blew me away! Handstands in a wedding dress… yeah that’s gonna have to happen! 😉

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  30. OMG!! So awesome 🙂 CONGRATS!!!

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  31. The picture of you with the bunny and the ring is everything, haha!! So cute! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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  32. You look so happy!!!

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  33. awwww congrats! what a lovely proposal.

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  34. Your expression when you dropped down and started crying was so deep and expressive that I can feel the shock you must have felt. Congrats to you both and I am really hoping to hear more about your wedding plans!

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    • thank you so much 🙂

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  35. Sat down with laptop to do some yoga…. ended up on the floor crying! I recently got engaged too, so IM SENSITIVE! 😉 lol Ya’ll are beautiful- Thanks for sharing with us and congrats! Woo!

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    • Congrats, Shannon!! I understand and agree! I see engagement so much differently now. I thought since we’d been together for so long that I’d be excited, but not out of control. I was WAY off! I’m SO MUCH MORE emotional because there’s been so much built on our relationship already. It’s pretty amazing! *cheers!*

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  36. Congratulations ! It’s a wonderful proposal !

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  37. Congrats to you beautiful! I wish you both the best! I just wanted to ask how did you both stay for 8 years together? Seeing the society and how people act towards, most people I know have lost a lot interest in relationships and people. What kept you guys going? What kept you guys keep believing in your relationship?

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  38. Congrats!! Were you expecting a proposal at all (or in the near future) or was it a complete surprise?

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  39. Congratulations!! Such a beautiful proposal! Wishing you every happiness!!

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  40. This is amazing Erin!!! My heart is filled with so much happiness for the two of you. I was reading some of the comments about how you two were judged for being together for so long without getting married. I’ve known my boyfriend for 6 years after meeting on a train but just moved across the country for him last year! There are so many who told me not to take the chances I did but I wouldn’t have it any other way!! He’s my guy and I am so in love. I have seen many people move too quickly and then things end when they realize it wasn’t what they wanted. I’m so glad you are able to look past what others think because obviously the universe wanted something so crazy and awesome as this for you!!! Kudos to you for following your heart. You are such an inspiration to me and a constant reminder that my crazy heart-following self is perfect the way she is. Have fun planning your dream wedding girl!!

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  41. Congratulations!!!!

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  42. Congratulations!! Brought me tears of joy. To a healthy and adventurous life together.
    Amy xx

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  43. Yaaaay!! Very best wishes from the very top of Western Australia, where, as the nearest yoga studio is roughly 800km south, you are it!! The 30 day Challenge was perfect, going to start it all again soon. What a lovely (real-life) story to read, thanks for sharing! Much love to you both! X

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  44. Congratulations Erin! This is lovely, I’m a bit teary-eyed… OK, back to the 30 day challenge. 😉

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  45. Congratulations! Enjoy this special time!

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  46. Such a beautiful story!! It sounds like he had it planned out for a long time. Congratulations to both of you! I am sure whatever you plan for your wedding it will be amazing!

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    • He said he had it planned for years! TNANK YOU!

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  47. This is the cutest thing. Generally, I see stories like this and want to vomit. Both out of ugh! overdone –and– honestly, jealousy, but this is the Goldilocks engagement– Just Right. 🙂
    You are so very tiny compared to him. How little are you?

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    • Thank you, Lisa! He’s 6’5″ and I’m 5’5″ 🙂

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  48. Congratulations and Best Wishes

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  49. Congratulations!! Great to read the entire story. I got engaged last June and your story makes me relive my proposal allover again. So thanks for that 🙂

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  50. Wow! I absolutely loved reading this post! Congratulations! I don’t even know you personally, yet I found myself tearing up like an ole sap. You seem to have found yourself real sweetie. <3

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  51. I read in the comments that you were criticized for not getting married sooner. Personally I got criticized because a lot of friends and family thought I was getting married too soon. I met my husband at a church singles event in March 2009, we started dating May 29, got engaged July 4, and while we initially planned on getting married in December, we ended up moving it up to October 10, 2009 (6 days before my 19th birthday). The secret I’ve learned is that they are jealous. The friends who judged me were jealous that I was getting married while their significant others were reluctant to even propose.
    Marriage advice: The newlywed feeling doesn’t have to disappear. Keep your love fresh and SHOW it daily. Random acts of kindness go a long way. As far as dishes and laundry go, as long as they get clean, there is no wrong/right way to do them. 😉
    Happy planning! The ring is beautiful.

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  52. You are the cutest thing EVER! My husband will be so sad that you’re engaged– He all of the sudden got really into Yoga- and I laughed my ASS OFF, when I saw why! YOU. We both laughed really hard- he said.. ‘what, she’s really good’. Totally true! I know do Yoga with you a few times a week. Congratulations!!!

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  53. Congratulations Erin, I’m so happy for you! You are such a positive person and you have an amazing influence on so many people, including myself. You’ve really made me a healthier and happier person, and I wish you all the best in the world! x

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  54. Congratulations! Wishing all kinds of happy to you both. I have a French brother-in-law and a French sister-in-law – you’ll have a blast.

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  55. THE FEELS! I don’t even know what to say! Congratulations! 😀

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  56. I am so so happy for you Erin! Sending all my love to you and Adrien!

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  57. Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing and congratulations!!

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  58. Congratulations! What a beautiful proposal story. You guys are one of the most beautiful couples I have ever seen. Just curious, why do you call him the Frenchman?

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  59. this is the best thing I’ve read all day. I’m so glad I stumbled upon you through youtube. Congrats!

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  60. WHAT AN AWESOME STORY 🙂 I love the lie breakdown. haha.. what a guy!… and what a beautiful light you are as a couple.. love love love! The pics are awesome. I can’t wait to read all about wedding plans! Thanks for sharing and big congrats to you both.

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  61. THAT is the sweetest thing I’ve heard in a long long time!!! He’s a keeper , that one !! Thanks for sharing such a happy moment! God bless you both !

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  62. Congratulations! I really loved to read this story. So amazing!
    My boy proposed to me last year when I just had a big jaw surgery. My head was so super swollen and my whole face was like green, blue and purple. I guess he was so worried while I had the surgery that he decided to make this next big step a few days later. So cute but I’m really thankful that there are no picture from this day, haha.
    Your pictures are amazing and its SO cool to have them like forever for your children and your wedding and everything. Perfect! ♥

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  63. Oh my goodness, this is an engagement straight out of a movies or book BUT a lot better because it actually happened.. I am in tears reading, so happy and excited for you two!!!!

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  64. I am so happy for you, this sounds incredible! Congratulations to you two, I wish you all the best!! 🙂

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  65. Sorry it comes a bit late.. I read this while I was on holidays and since back I’ve been like running around like a headless chicken, but you still make the first 15-20 min of my day, before 10 minutes meditation before going to work!!! Anyway! Engagements are amazing, knowing the other person fantastic, planning to get married a big adventure, but all is part of the same thing: YOU LIFE AND WHO YOU FIND IS YOUR PERFECT TRAVEL PARTNER… FROM MY HEART CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  66. Wow Erin I’ve only just read this!!!! (difficult at times through blurred happy tears) I have often thought you two would make such a sweet couple and now – well you’re getting married. That is the most beautiful story. I’ve been doing your yoga for quite sometime now and have put so many people onto you. You are Fun, Fabulous, Beautiful in every way, a brilliant Yogi and such a real person it makes it very special! I love you Erin Motz!!!! Love your generous spirit of sharing and looking at the comments so do so many others. You are one special young lady. Adrien is a lucky guy and you are a lucky girl. Now – I’m going to do some yoga with you. Keep those updates coming in – we’re all hanging out for them. Love & big hugs to you both and – wow, what a future you have…….xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  67. Aw, this is great! It sounds like he really went to some crazy lengths to secure the proposal of a lifetime (I too would have been ready to throw up over the ring going missing–thank God UPS let him pick it up!). Congrats to both of you!

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  68. Wow, what a great story! I have tears rolling down my face as I am laughing. I pray for you two to have a blessed marriage! My husband and I have been married for almost 21 years, and it has been such a gift from God. You two are an adorable couple!!

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  69. How incredibly romantic! Made me think of when my husband propsed to me almost 21 years ago (he propsed march 26, 1994)! On top of Ole Smokey somewhere between Tennessee and North Carolina. Congratulations to you and Frenchman!

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  70. Erin, so are so cute! I tried to find if anyone asked you already, but do you have a wedding date chosen?

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    • no date yet because we’re the slowest people alive! lol 😉

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