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Proposal in Paris

Mark Porter proposed to Emily Vidor in front of the Eiffel Tower. (Photo: Romain/WESHOOT Paris) 

Emily Vidor and Mark Porter arrived in Paris on Thanksgiving early in the morning. Mark told Emily that he wanted to visit The Trocadéro near the Eiffel Tower the next morning to take a “selfie” photo with the sunrise in the background (he told her he had read the sunrise and backdrop were amazing at that hour). Emily didn't think much about it – at first. “As we were getting ready that morning, Mark kept changing his outfit,” she said. “He would put on a different sports coat with a different sweater underneath and ask me what I thought.” As Emily was getting ready, she put on a hat, but Mark asked her not to wear one. That’s when she started getting suspicious, and also nervous, that something was up. In a taxi on the way, they got stuck in traffic. They arrived a little after 9 a.m., and the area was already busy with tourists taking pictures. They stepped towards the middle to take their selfie, but nothing else happened, so Emily asked Mark if they should get breakfast. Mark led Emily to a different area. She started looking around with her back turned away from Mark, peering at the Eiffel Tower and taking some photos. That’s when she heard the words come from a shaking, familiar voice: "Emily, I love you, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?" Emily turned to find Mark down on one knee. Emily said “Yes!” and a photographer that Mark had arranged popped out of the bushes. Mark had been emailing with the photographer all morning about the weather and exactly where to stand. The excited parents are Emily’s dad and mom, Bill and Kim Vidor, and Mark’s mother, Helen Porter. The couple is planning a wedding in San Miguel de Allende. 

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