Couple Marries on Eiffel Tower Summit Amidst Unforeseen Circumstances, Covered by Associated Press Reporter

by Madison Thomas
Eiffel Tower Marriage

On a recent Thursday, law enforcement detained a man who was ascending the Eiffel Tower, causing an interruption that left visitors—including a reporter from The Big Big News and a couple from Washington, D.C.—temporarily confined to the structure’s peak. The couple seized the unexpected opportunity to exchange marital vows.

Originally, Amir Khan had plotted to propose to Kat Warren later that day in a secluded Parisian garden, followed by an intimate dinner along the River Seine.

However, due to the closure of the tower’s elevators prompted by the presence of the climber, Khan saw fit to execute his matrimonial plans prematurely.

In an opportune twist of fate, Pat Eaton-Robb, a journalist with the Associated Press hailing from Connecticut, was also among those stranded and managed to capture the couple’s unique tale.

“When I realized we might be delayed for an extended period, I didn’t want our dinner plans to be ruined. She had always dreamed of a proposal either on or near the Eiffel Tower. It seemed the perfect time,” Khan informed the Associated Press correspondent.

The proposal was met with affirmative consent.

“The likelihood of me saying ‘Yes’ was high from the get-go,” Warren admitted, her voice tinged with humor.

The couple shared a lighthearted sentiment that rejecting a proposal under such extraordinary conditions would have been improbable. “If I had said ‘No,’ we might have had another individual scaling the Eiffel Tower today,” Warren quipped.

Alice Beunardeau, the Communications Director for the famed Paris landmark, stated that the intruder was apprehended between the second and third levels of the tower. A squad of firefighters specially trained in climbing escorted the man to the ground where he was subsequently taken into custody by the police.

Beunardeau later revealed that the climber was holding a banner related to American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. “To the best of my knowledge, the message was ‘Free Billie Eilish,’ although I cannot confirm this at the current time,” she said.

In a side note, the Associated Press reporter and his spouse Kathleen have had an eventful week in Paris. They were part of a gathering evacuated from the Palace of Versailles earlier in the week due to a separate security alert.

Contributions to this report were made by John Leicester from Le Pecq, France.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Eiffel Tower Marriage

What led to the couple being stranded on the Eiffel Tower?

The couple, along with other visitors, were stranded at the summit of the Eiffel Tower due to a man climbing the structure, which prompted law enforcement to temporarily shut down the lifts.

Who is the couple that decided to get married?

The couple, Amir Khan and Kat Warren, are residents of Washington, D.C. Khan had originally planned to propose later the same day in a Paris garden.

Was there any media presence during this event?

Yes, Pat Eaton-Robb, a journalist with the Associated Press from Connecticut, was also among those stranded at the top of the Eiffel Tower and documented the couple’s story.

What was the initial plan for the marriage proposal?

Amir Khan had initially planned to propose to Kat Warren in a secluded Parisian garden followed by a romantic dinner along the River Seine.

What happened to the man who was climbing the Eiffel Tower?

The climber was apprehended by law enforcement between the tower’s second and third floors. He was led down by a specialist team of climbing firefighters and was arrested.

What message was the climber trying to convey?

According to Alice Beunardeau, the Communications Director for the Eiffel Tower, the climber was carrying a banner related to American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. However, the specific message has not been confirmed.

Were there any other incidents involving the reporter from the Associated Press?

Yes, the reporter and his spouse were also part of a crowd that was evacuated from the Palace of Versailles earlier in the week due to a separate security alert.

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Sarah_G October 20, 2023 - 12:38 pm

omg, this is like straight out of a rom-com. But in real life. can’t even imagine how they felt.

Steven Z October 20, 2023 - 1:45 pm

A marriage and an arrest, all in one day and one place? That’s a lot of drama even for Paris.

JennyQ October 20, 2023 - 3:46 pm

Seriously though, what was the deal with the climber? Free Billie Eilish? That’s kinda out there…

Paula_S October 20, 2023 - 4:21 pm

The reporter and his wife tho…sounds like they’re collecting crazy stories for a lifetime! First an evacuation and now this. What a week.

Mike J October 20, 2023 - 5:27 pm

Wow, talk about seizing the moment! Who’d think getting stranded would turn into a life-changing event like this haha.

Timothy K October 20, 2023 - 11:43 pm

That AP reporter sure had a field day! First Versailles and now this. Dude should write a book on “How to Be at the Right Place at the Right Time.”

Dave_R October 21, 2023 - 12:26 am

getting married at the Eiffel Tower? Man, the bar’s been set too high now. How can i top that for my proposal lol.

Elaine M October 21, 2023 - 7:42 am

This whole story’s adorable but I’m also a bit concerned bout the security issues. I mean, how did the guy even start climbing?


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