Everyone that follows me on social media will know that R proposed on holiday! I recently wrote about why marriage was important to me, at that time I had all but given up any shred of hope that it might one day happen. I’d been feeling a little down about it for a while and had genuinely started to wonder whether R actually wanted to marry me. We have a house, a business and a child but for some reason the marriage was the missing link. Little did I know that while I was writing that post R was actually in London buying an engagement ring and had been planning the proposal for ages. His parents knew, his BFF knew and his friends from his 3 peaks trip (in July!) knew. But I honestly had absolutely no idea.
So while we were away we were staying with my Dad – one day while I was in the shower R asked my Dad’s permission to marry me – he had always said he would do it the traditional way – then one evening we took a walk along the harbour wall up to the lighthouse – just R, Oliver and I. It was a really beautiful view, so R bent down to get his camera out to take a photo of the harbour as the sun was beginning to set – or so I thought. I watched Oliver splashing in puddles from the torrential rain that we’d had earlier on when I suddenly felt R tug on my dress and say my name. I turned around to find him on one knee with a beautiful ring! He said, “will you marry me” and I just said, “you’re joking?!” (yes, really), put my hands over my face and started crying a bit. R reminded me that he’d like me to say yes so that he could get up. Obviously I said yes, he put the ring on my finger as I still stood there in utter disbelief. After that he really did get his camera out and swiftly asked Oliver to take some photos of us.
After I had calmed down we walked back to the sea front and found a bar with the intention of having a bit of fizz, but they didn’t sell fizz so we had a beer instead (and Oliver celebrated with a chocolate ice cream)!
It’s a month since the proposal and sometimes I don’t really believe it’s happening. Being a parent means it was business as usual straight away – within 2 minutes of the proposal Oliver had pulled my hair as I bent down to help him get something out of his shoe.
We are hoping to get married in 2017 and I’m hoping at some point before then that R and I are able to celebrate the most romantic part of our relationship to date.