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WINTER/SPRING 2014 don’t know you, but I don’t have anyone else here to tell: I just got engaged!’ And she said, ‘Well, I’ve only served you guys a couple of drinks, but he seems like a really nice guy!’” Cordelia Davies, head chef at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Portland, was in the restaurant’s kitchen when she was summoned out front. When she came out, her boyfriend of two years, Dan Robbins, a sub-contractor, was there. She told him she had to get back to the kitchen to complete an order and he said to her, “No, it can wait,” then knelt before her and held out a ring. She said yes, everyone applauded, and it was back to the kitchen to finish her shift. Coincidentally, Cordelia and Dan also met playing pool. Hmmm. All the single ladies? You might want to give this one some thought.

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Maine Weddings

Consider the backdrop Some suggestions on places to pop the question, near and far:

Hidden Pond Hotel Resort, Kennebunkport

Sugarloaf Mountain Resort

For pure indulgence, head to this well-kept secret. Have a double massage at the Tree Spa and while she is fully relaxed, reach over, take her hand and gently slip the ring onto her finger. Talk about starting out life together in a blissful state.

Picture this: a winter fairyland engulfs you both in pure, pristine beauty and awe. Start at the top of one of its lush trails, ask the question and then swoop back down the mountain as a marriage-ready couple.

Katahdin Air Service

Venice, Italy

Instead of hiking, take off and fly over Katahdin, reveling in the unbelievable sights from the air. Hearts will lift, too, when you take your soon-to-be fiancée’s hand, look deep into her eyes and shout the question at top volume (you’ll need to overcome the plane’s engine noise). There’ll be no misunderstandings with this one.

Yes, the gondola rides are through-the-roof expensive, but marriage is a journey you take together. Do you really want to cheap out on how it starts? Besides, it’s one of the best ways to see arguably the world’s most romantic city. Just make sure you don’t fumble the ring into the water. That would definitely be a bummer.

The Forests Surrounding Château de Chambord, Loire Valley, France

Ston Easton Park, Somerset, England

Forget the Eiffel Tower. Grab the holy trinity of French gastronomy: a baguette, cheese and red wine, and roam the forest until you’ve found a place to picnic (and propose). Afterward, dreamily walk through the nearby château. What a rich way to begin your life together.

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