They’ll always have Paris … BET founder Bob Johnson popped the question to his girlfriend of five years, Lauren Wooden, in the City of Light last month.
Her answer? Well, what else does one say to 7.5 carats (nestled on a giant ice sculpture in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, natch), a shower of rose petals and a bottle of Dom Perignon, following a private after-hours tour and dinner at the Musee Rodin? And you’re standing in front of the sculptor’s romantic “The Kiss”?
Wooden, a 36 year-old student pursuing an international business-management doctorate in Paris, said mais oui, of course.
The over-the-top proposal was a bit better orchestrated than the first time Johnson, 69, asked her to marry him — on their first date, five years ago. The mogul recalls first clapping his eyes on Wooden, who was then a concierge at the Los Angeles Four Seasons. Love at first sight? “For me absolutely,” he says. But Wooden was more cautious. She said yes to dinner but turned down his proposal that night.
So for his second attempt, Johnson knew he needed a bit more of a ‘wow’ factor and enlisted his pal, Franco Nuschese, the owner of Cafe Milano. “I told Franco, ‘I’ve got to have something memorable — a restaurant won’t do.'”
It will be a second marriage for both. Details about the wedding, which they hope will be sometime this summer, aren’t set, they say. But they’re certain about their feelings for one another.
“I’ve found the absolute, unequivocally right person for me,” Johnson says. “Happiness only begins to describe how I feel.”
Ditto for the bride-to-be: “I’m over-the-moon, madly, deeply, proudly in love with Bob.”