The La Bamba, or kiss dance, causes the spark to fly between Catherine and Danny in the 1980s. the two meant to beSoon, Danny realizes that, too. On a rare holiday, the couple travel to Paris on a day trip. There is Danny proposing to his girlfriend in an ideal setting in the city of love. “She was really confused. She was even speechless, and Catherine never did.”
The moment your partner gets down on one knee to propose is a moment you will never forget. In this series “Will You Marry Me?” Nina reveals the most wonderful engagement stories.
Danny and Catherine meet in the 80s. “At that time, the young guard still went out every Saturday evening to have fun and find a girlfriend,” Danny laughs. One evening he ended up in Saturnus, dancing in Peizegem. Catherine is there too. “When La Bamba, also known as the kiss dance, was played, I chose Catherine. I was already laying eyes on her, with her blonde hair and blue eyes… After I gave her three kisses, our hands clung together longer than usual. There was an instant click between us, because we We continued to dance together for the rest of the evening.”
Catherine adds, “A couple of weeks later I invited him to his high school end-of-year party. It was our first official date, and we instantly became a couple.”
About four years pass before Danny proposes to his girlfriend. “We were also very young. I was 19 and he was 21,” says Catherine. “That’s why I wanted to work permanently first, before Danny suggested me.”
I wasn’t really interested in that bottle until Danny insisted I take it out of the water and open it.
To Paris in Danny’s father’s car
On a hot summer day in 1986, the couple decided to plan a day trip to Paris. “It was not at all intuitive to us,” says Catherine. “Danny worked in his parents’ flower shop and had no free time. So we only saw each other Saturday and Sunday evenings after the market. But we needed a vacation, and Danny managed to arrange his father’s car. In the early morning hours we left for the city of love.”
Their first stop is the Palace of Versailles. There Danny and Catherine decided to rent a rowboat in the gardens. But what Catherine didn’t know at the time was that Danny had a lot up his sleeve. “As we were bobbing on the puddle, a bottle suddenly floated in the water,” says Catherine. “I saw there was a message inside, like a real mailbox. But I wasn’t really interested in that bottle until Danny insisted I take it out of the water and open it.”
A love letter from Nostradamus
“Thanks to my interest in antiquity, I learned that about 400 years ago, a French predictor, Nostradamus, lived who wrote his predictions in harmony. In combination with the song “Message in a Bottle,” I came up with the idea of predicting the future of our relationship on the model of Nostradamus. “It made me My sister writes the letter in Chinese ink and I create my own old-fashioned look.”
I thought it was especially funny to have such an old manuscript in a fairly modern bottle of wine, because the label was still on it.
When Catherine opens the bottle, she does not immediately know what is in her hands. “I thought it was especially funny to have such an old manuscript in a fairly modern bottle of wine, because the label was still on it,” she laughs. “But then Danny asked me to read the letter.”
Danny: “She was really confused. She was even speechless, and Catherine never did. Soon after I asked her if she wanted to marry me. That was a very emotional moment.”
Catherine: “Danny is right. (Laugh) When I read the letter, I suddenly realized why his coat had been kept in the heat all this time. To hide the bottle, of course! By the way, he did not have a ring, but I did not think that this was important. I was thrilled that we were getting married.”
Wedding photos with a nod to Paris
After their romantic rowboat trip, the couple decided to explore Paris more. “We booked a boat trip on the Seine, passed the Eiffel Tower and had dinner in Montmartre, where we also had a typical cartoon,” says Danny. Catherine adds, “We finally got home at 3 a.m., so I headed straight to work. It was a busy day, but memorable.”
Danny and Catherine finally got married a year later, on July 11, 1987. “Our wedding photos were taken at the Wemel Castle Pond. Lovely link with our post.”
Although they desperately need to go to Paris again, they realize when they talk about their engagement. “Despite our participation, we’ve only been there once since then.” (Laugh)
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