Our Proposal Story
With Valentine’s Day just round the corner, I should imagine there’s a lot of talk about upcoming proposals. Maybe even some secret plotting going on behind closed doors?
We got engaged just a year and a half ago and married a couple of months back, so I love hearing that my friends are getting married or even attending weddings. It brings back all the lovely emotions attached to those special moments.
Nick and Sotiria’s story of their engagement is heart-warming, as it their journey to spend their lives together and after reading this, I don’t think I’ve ever shared our slightly unconventional engagement story.
When I tell people the story, they have mixed reactions. People who know us, say our proposal is exactly what they expected. People who don’t know us well perhaps think it’s a little odd. But there’s no right or wrong way to decide you are going to spend the rest of your life together. It’s up to you.
Our proposal story actually spans a couple of weeks. We were due to move into our new home in a few weeks time, so we were out shopping for garden furniture. Wandering around the shops, are conversation turned to getting engaged. Whilst we were idly looking at the tropical fish in the garden centre, we decided it was about time to go and look at rings.
My now-husband would say I’m quite particular when it comes to jewellery and although he’s great at picking gifts, he asked me if I’d like to come along to pick an engagement ring. I was thrilled at the idea. How much fun is it to go and try on your engagement ring and pick what you want? I jumped at the chance.
So we booked a weekend away in London. A beautiful boutique hotel and on the top of our list was to hit all of the jewellers in Hatton Garden.
The following weekend we travelled to London, dropped our bags off at our hotel and headed over to the jewellery epicentre. After a few hours of looking at rings and trying many, many on. We came across a beautiful ring, simple with a main diamond and a band of diamonds either side. The stone was beautiful. As soon as I tried the ring on, we both fell in love with it. The diamond was so clear, it was almost ice white. We went to have a cup of tea and a think, before returning to purchase the ring.
Later on in our hotel, we sat out on our balcony, on a beautiful sunny afternoon, enjoying a champagne afternoon tea and my then-boyfriend got down on one-knee and popped the question. Of course I said yes. I know it wasn’t a surprise, but it was lovely to pick the ring together and make a weekend away of the whole experience.
We did facetime our close friends and family – there was a lot of screaming down the phone. One of my best friends was horseracing with her family and we were passed round pretty much the whole track to show her family the ring.
We had a low key dinner, just the two of us and enjoyed the magic of the weekend. Just writing this is making me smile so much. It was the perfect engagement weekend.
What’s your proposal story? I love hearing about them.
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