When one of the partners in a relationship decides to finally propose, they mostly chose to do it by including some aspects of the things they are passionate about. A musician may try to prepare a song for the special occasion; a poet may create the perfect verses to say the right things. And so, it becomes very obvious that a travel blogger would at least try to have the perfect location as the backdrop of it all.
This was exactly the case with Sonja Lishchynki, who chose one of the most exotic locations to propose to her long-time boyfriend Stefan Dumas.
Sonja Lishchynki is a travel blogger, who runs Montecristo Travels, and I am going to admit that I just love the tone of the blog posts on the website. Coming back to the epic proposal, you would not believe that the planning for this special moment started some 2 years back. And when finally, Sonja popped the question to Stefan, on 14 September at sunrise on the Charles Bridge in Prague, he said YES!
Picture Perfect Prague
The spectacular shots were taken by Sarah Stein for Flytographer, who had full knowledge about the plan. The couple was in Prague for a friend’s wedding and they had their canine travel companion, Montecristo with them. Sonja had convinced Stefan that they should take pictures, dressed in formal clothes and that they should do it at sunrise, so that they could well finish their photo shoot before the tourists throng to the key locations of the city. Sarah was also in town and by sunrise, all of them reached to the Charles Bridge.
The Precious Moment
When Sonja and Stefan were standing by the water, Sarah said to them that though she knew they liked photo-journalistic shots, but here, it would be great if they could pose for some of the photographs. Obviously, this was all planned.
So, while getting ready for the shot, Sonja stopped for a moment saying that Montecristo was thirsty, and this way she turned and took out the ring box. Next, she bent down on one knee and popped the question with a very special ring, and clearly Stefan was surprised, very surprised. He cried at this moment and said YES.
The Special Ring
The ring is actually the most romantic part of this proposal. This was no regular engagement ring, but had a historical angle attached to it, which made this proposal all the more special. Stefan is actually a direct descendant of the French Author Alexander Dumas, who is known for creating masterpieces such as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Montecristo.
Sonja had once asked Stefan whether he regretted anything in life, and he said yes, he did. His biggest regret was that he could never have his family signet ring, which went missing while the Dumases were immigrating to North America.
According to her blog post, Stefan said, “Maybe [it was] sold for passage fee or maybe [it was] just lost. I regret never looking up the details and having a new one made for Dad before he died. He would have liked that. I would have liked that.”
Sonja remembered this and thought that she should get a ring like the family signet ring of the Dumases. For this, she searched for descriptions of the ring in the La Fondation Dumas and the Paris Archives and also hired Hungarian master jeweler, who was living in Vancouver to make the ring as authentically as possible. So, the ring took 18 months to be made, before Sonja could surprise the love of her life. And indeed he was surprised; so much so that he cried as he felt overwhelmed at the thought that this was actually happening.
Sonja told The Huffington Post that Stefan was elated and surprised, but at the same time not surprised because they had never done anything the traditional way. She added, “He cried. He was overwhelmed I think. But also elated and joyous. I think he was taken aback by how much it meant to him.”
Actually, the couple was not even considering marriage as they were pretty fine with their common-law status, which was recognized in Canada, where they lived. But as they traveled to various places, it was becoming important for them that their relationship got recognition in other parts of the world as well.
The proposal certainly took a lot of planning and a lot of time, but as they say ‘good things take time,’ everything truly proved to be worth the long wait.
For the entire proposal story and more amazing photographs of the couple with their beloved dog, please visit Montecristo Travels.