Cindy is from Louisville but resides in Germany with her fiance Alex. They were both in the states for a limited amount of time so we had to fit thier engagement session in. They braved the rain and weather in the low 40s w/o coats for the photographs! Come to find out the weather is generally cooler in Germany- but it doesn’t mean they like the cold:) I’m very much looking forward to their May wedding. It’s just around the corner!
I had Cindy write some words on how she and Alex met. Very romantic:
Alex and I met in 2004 when I was spending a few months in Paris as a nanny for a Parisian family. I had spent the summer on the Brittany coast with the family in their gorgeous French country house at the sea, but despite the beauty of it all, I was itching to get back to Paris and to spend my last week there before returning to the States. The family agreed, and on my first night back, a few friends talked me into going out with them to an Irish Pub called O’Sullivans just next to the Moulin Rouge. I normally refused to go to any kind of English-speaking establishment since my decision to become a French Translator warranted a perfect command of the language. But they dragged me there, which is where I ended up meeting Alex.
Alex had driven with a friend from his home in Germany to go camping in Bordeaux, on the southwestern coast of France. With horrible weather and constant rain ruining their vacation, they decided to abandon the campground and head to Paris. They ended up at O’Sullivans after searching for a place with good beer (easier to find good wine in Paris!). After endless glances across the room, Alex finally had the courage to speak to me. He began in French… I answered in French… but after the initial chit chat we realized we could speak in English. I had known he wasn’t American because of his shoes – you can always tell an American in Europe by their shoes – but I didn’t know he would prefer English. We had such great conversation that we didn’t want it to end, so although he and his friend were planning to return to Germany the next day, Alex sent his friend on without him, and stayed for three more days in Paris so that we could get to know each other. And what a romantic three days those were! We kept in contact after that, mostly through phone calls and handwritten letters sent via snail mail, over the next 10 months, when Alex finally visited me in California where I was attending graduate school for Translation. We had a wonderful time. This began a two-year long distance relationship, and when I graduated, I joined him in Germany, where I’ve now lived for four years. Alex asked my father for my hand this past Christmas, and then proposed on my birthday. It was just the two of us, alone in our living room, on a beautiful summer morning. We’ll be married in a small church ceremony in Germany in April, followed by an outdoor Southern wedding here in the States in May.