April 15, 2012
Getting engaged in Paris, a la Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes at the Eiffel Tower, is tres passe. Be different: Head south to the lavender fields near Mont Ventoux or Provence. Pull over anywhere, wander into a field and speak your love. If you want a specific spot, consider the field at Grignan, with its wonderful Renaissance chateau, or Senanque, a 12th-century abbey near Gordes. Lavender blooms from late June to mid-July. She may be so blown away she'll choose lavender for her wedding bouquet.