As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, we’ve had a lot going on. One of the most exciting things (aside from moving house) is that we got engaged. My other half and I have been together just over 6 and half years. So with the time being right – us finally living together all of the time, we decided to get engaged.
The story of how we actually got together is quite a funny one and people often think I’m joking or exaggerating when I tell them this story. My other half and I met when I started working where he worked. I didn’t get to know him very well at first as we worked in different teams. In one of my one-to-one meetings, I mentioned to my manager that I didn’t know that team very well. So when the Christmas party seating plan was put together, she put me on a table of people from that team, including my future fiancée. During the meal, I got chatting away to that team and they even joined in my silly games that I made up using the Christmas cracker toys. That memory sticks in my head to this day, that my other half didn’t mind the silly game I made up at the table!
After the meal I sat with some of my friends from work and we were chatting and playing the game snog, marry, avoid with people from work. Yes I know it’s very juvenile but we’ve all done it. The conversation got round to my other half and one of my work colleagues who I had known for some time, even before I started work at this company, said she though Rob was very much my type. I agree. After this party I couldn’t stop thinking how right she was.
The story goes on as I practically stalked him around the office. Making tea when he did and taking the opportunity to chat with him whenever I could. Eventually my persistence paid off and we ended up going to the cinema together after work one evening. It wasn’t a date, just two friends hanging out together. But it did lead on to us having another date and then from there everything has fallen into place. Now I’m not normally one for getting gushy, but as it’s a post about us getting engaged, I think I’m allowed to. I love spending time with him. He’s my best friend. Laughs at all my silly jokes, plays along with my stupid games (remind me to tell you able the ladle game one day) and we really enjoy living our life together.
The engagement it’s self was wonderful. It all started a week or so before the official announcement. We were walking around the garden centre looking at things for our new home. Rob asked me, that when the time came, would I like to be involved in picking an engagement ring or would I like a surprise. Now most people at this point of the story would have picked the surprise. Not me! I think it’s lovely that I get a say in something I will wear every day for the rest of my life. So we planned a weekend in London to peruse the jewellers in Hatton Garden. Maybe get some ideas, maybe even have something made for me.
When the weekend in London came about, we were at Hatton Gardens when the shops first opened (don’t get there too early, most places don’t open until 10am). We enjoyed a good look around. We couldn’t decide whether to buy a ring or have one made, but then we saw one we both really liked. That was it! No matter what we saw or tried on after that, we knew it was the one. I think we were both glad we did it, as the ring was very much the opposite of what I’d always said I liked. Ha ha – in my defence, I haven’t been going round trying on engagement rings, so how would I actually know what I liked?
We were staying in a little boutique hotel in Westminster, so this is where the actual engagement took place. My other half wouldn’t let me wear the ring until he had proposed. He got down on bended knee on the balcony and then we had a private champagne afternoon tea. It really was the perfect proposal. It was relaxed but romantic too. Probably a perfect description of us as a couple.
So we are now engaged, have moved house and about to start wedding planning. Wish us luck!
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