We love a good engagement story... How did your fiancé/husband propose? Was it a romantic candlelit dinner, a surprise getaway? Did he get down on one knee? Share your engagement story with us!

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  • I have been with Matt for 4 and 1/2 years, since we were 18 and within the last 1/2 a year I started hinting about getting engaged, but never actually expected him to do so. We wanted to have a special holiday together to remember before committing ourselves to a mortgage and arranged our holiday to New Zealand and Australia over a year ago, and we recently came back to England in early December. We spent 1 week in the south of New Zealand and 3 weeks in Australia which was an experience of a lifetime. Matt proposed on our 4th day in New Zealand. We were staying in Queenstown which was situated on a large lake with white topped mountains in the near distance, one of the most beautiful towns I have even been to with such amazing views every direction you look in. Our morning was spent riding the gondola up the mountain to see the breathtaking views, visiting the lovely little town for lunch and stopping for drinks by the lake. We went back to town in the evening for a curry and started strolling back to our hotel along the lake watching the sun slowly set. We stopped on a rocky point going out to the lake, where we watched the sun set behind the mountains, I turned around to find Matt on one knee "Sophie, I do love you and want to spend the rest of my life with you, will you marry me?" I was a little stunned and gave a late reply "are you serious?" as I looked down to see the ring in its box in Matt's hand. I reached for him and replied "of course I will".

    • Sophie Perry
    • 27 January 2012
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  • Well it's a long story starting with broken bones and finishing with the beginning of our lives together.  Rob and I celebrate our 'anniversay' by remembering and celebrating our 1st date on the 3rd December 2008. Rob very kindly arranges a weekend away in London every year. When we met Rob wa living in London and has worked at Buckingham Palace for the last 8 years. So the those first 6 months of our relationship that are so magical were spent mainly in London. It holds such special memories like the crossing outside Hyde Park where we first held hands. London a we say is 'our' city where we can wile away the hours and lose ourselves in he city and our relationship. So December 2011 was fast approaching and Rob had mentioned planning the weekend away. But that was all.  We were invited to dinner with my Brother and his long term girlfriend (12 years and counting). After dinner they suprised us with an announcement of pregnancy of course emotions and celebrations followed. The following Sunday my brother who is newly self employed after setting up his own business wa tackled in a foot ball match and broke both legs! His football team rallied behind him and arranged a huge benefit event to raise funds for him and Hollie. The date picked 3rd December 2011. When I heard the date I contacted Rob and he said of course we need to be there for him, he would rearrange our weekend away and to be honest I never thought about it again. The weekend away was moved to the 9th December and it quickly arrived. We travelled into London by car and when we were close Rob asked if I recognised the area. Which I did, Luttle Venice and it clicked that we would be staying in The Collanade, we had stayed there before on our anniversary and ha fell in love with the warmth of the hotel.  When we arrived at our room I was overwhelmed to see it was suite with double height windows overlooking our London. I knew we were going for dinner so we started to get ready.  Once ready we headed to the tube, Rob informed me we were running late and when we hopped off the tube, Rob suggested he ran ahead to make sure we didn't miss our table. But wouldn't tell me where we were going. So off he sprints and I follow on heels slowly. Once out of sight he called and asked if I could see the London Eye which I could he told me to head towards the London eye. I arrived at the Eye and he met there with a cuddle an told me we are going on the London Eye first before dinner as a little present. I was over the moon, I have never been on it before and to see our city with Rob who almost knows every inch would be amazing.  I went to join the queue and Rob pulled me to the side and said we have out own pod. Jamie our host led us on and popped open a bottle of champagne and also gave us some beautiful truffles and me a stunning winter bouquet. Being in the pod with Rob the atmosphere was amazing and definitely a little electric. When we reached the very top Jamie prompted Mr.Palmer we are at the very top. Rob turned to me and asked 'do you know why we are alone?'. I answered a cautious no and he said "because I have a question to ask you", lent down on one knee and said "will you marry me". I burst into tears and the next 20 minutes were a blur of tears, photos, cheers and clapping from the pods either side, tears from our host Jamie. When we reached the floor we were met with raucous cheers and many people coming over to congratulate and see the ring. I felt like all my dreams had come true. To be engaged to Rob is everything I could ever wish for except to be the mother of his children. He really does complete me and I never met such an amazing, inspirational person who makes me a better person.  Of course there was lots of phone calls to make so on the way to the restaurant I think I called almost every single person I know. My mum and dad were expecting my call as Rob had been to ask and it was incredibly emotional. Robs mum and sister who have become like my family already were also tearful but overjoyed.  The restaurant The Ledbury was amazing, the staff had been informed by Rob and were the most welcoming and helpful you can imagine. We got to meet the Head Chef who signed our Menus and that was the icing on the cake. To be honest if he had rolled over in bed one day and asked I would feel exactly the same. I feel like it was meant to be. We were meant for each other and now we are planning our next step in our life our Marriage.

    • Jemma Haggerty
    • 28 January 2012
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  • It was the 3rd December 2011 I woke up to a cup of tea from my partner, he said to me" you need to pack a bag with something smart for tonight, swimwear and something you won't mind getting dirty"!! All sorts of thing's were running through my mind but I was suddenly distracted with a awful headache & the runs. I kept smiling & tried to stay positive. After we dropped our son off at nan's I was told we were heading to Reading, I was excited but at the same time trying to fight off throwing up. Unfortunately I couldn't fight off the feeling for long & threw up in the car lucky I had some plastic bags with me, I was so embarrassed & upset, my partner said he would take me home but I insisted we carry on. We eventually pulled up at The Vine Yard a beautiful 5* hotel, my partner looked so happy & excited I tried my best but with cramps & mascara down my face it was hard. After a quick walk round the beautiful hotel we headed to the room it was a beautiful suite with champagne waiting but I just wanted the loo & spent the next couple of hours with it. Later on my partner told me we were meant to go swimming then we were to have dinner in the Michelin Star restaurant. I laid on the bed & cried he had gone to all this effort & I was really ill, he cuddled me & said you can't help being ill, I said there was no way I could go any where. He decided order us steak & chips to the room. It looked & smelt divine but I didn't touch it I was either in the loo or laying on the bed watching boxing as all the other channels had food programmes & just the thought was making me heave. The next morning I was feeling better so I thought until we went for breakfast & as soon as I had a bite of toast I was heading straight back to the loo. My partner looked worried he said he has booked something for us today that I would really like but if I am not well we might have to miss it, I asked if he would get his one back he said no. "What is it I said?" We are going horse riding for 2 hours! I couldn't believe it I love horses & haven't been riding in years & the fact that he was going to try it meant a lot to me too. I looked at him & said lets do it. We pulled up at the stables, we advised the instructor I was ill & they were really good about it, they said I can stop at any time, but as soon as I got on the horse I couldn't of cared less about my stomach. We had an hour lesson in the arena which didn't go too smooth as I trapped my leg between my horse & the fence, I didn't realise at the time this had caused swelling & a huge bruise. We were then told we are going on a hack for an hour, I couldn't wait my partner didn't look so keen at the time. We walked through a huge woodland which was very hilly so my stomach was not to happy. Then we came to a clearing with huge rolling hills & bright green grass, as we went up the hill a buzzard flew down beside us I was so excited I turned to my partner who was behind me "look look honey there is a buzzard" he smiled at me, I watched it swoop down before going to perch in a tree. We go to the top of the hill then my horses ears pricked up he turned his head towards a small wooded area & a red dear came galloping out & jumped the fence in front of me she galloped off into the distance & we sat & watched her I was so happy I couldn't believe how beautiful it was then suddenly my partner was standing next to me I looked down at him "what you doing?" He pulled out a stunning wooden box, if I am honest I cant remember the exact words he said I was too busy crying. The moment for me couldn't have been more perfect. It will be a weekend I wont ever forget. We did laugh about the fact I was so ill & he told me eventually we were meant to get engaged in the hotel, but as I say everything happens for a reason.

    • Samantha Elliott
    • 29 January 2012
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  • My fiancé and I met in the 2nd year of university, and after 8 amazing years of being together and at least 4 years of friends and family asking when we were going to get married, I had assumed that it would be pretty obvious when Chris was going to propose. That was until one Friday evening when all of a sudden he said he was taking me out for dinner after some friends had cancelled plans at the last minute. Getting excited I asked what I should wear and felt a bit disheartened when I was told jeans and a hoody would be fine. I was very confused when Chris decided to bring a bag with him to dinner but did as I was told and was subsequently marched into town and told to wait on my own as he went into a local Italian cafe. Out he swiftly came with a huge picnic basket which he had pre-arranged, along with a chilled bottle of prosecco, which explained the need for the bag as he had also brought a picnic blanket, wine glasses and an extra jumper in case I got cold. We had the most amazing picnic in the park which we had been visiting nearly every week since we moved to the area, and as we watched the sun go down over the roman ruins, he rolled over on the blanket and asked me to marry him, presenting me with a ring he had chosen nearly 8 months before. And he'd even set up his phone to record the whole thing so that we could listen back and remember every moment! He completely surprised me!

    • Becky Procter
    • 01 February 2012
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  • We were both on our dream holiday in the Maldives and we sat in the Sunset bar with a beautiful view looking out onto the Indian Ocean. Everything was calm and relaxed and as the night drifted on we found ourselves sitting under an amazingly clear night sky, full of bright stars. Little did I know Matthew was making a quiet bet with himself; I know now that he decided that if we were to see a shooting star that night, he was going to propose to me. I was completely oblivious to this and sat in awe at the clear sky and stars; it was truly out of this world. With the sound of the waves lightly crashing underneath us and sat with drinks, a shooting star flew through the sky. Gleaming with excitement I said to Matthew, "Did you just see that?!" Matthew replied with a bursting smile, "Yes, yes I did!" The next day was like a dream, we had hours of tropical sun and we reached a level of ultimate relaxation before heading off on the traditional Dhoni, a sailing boat; out into the ocean for a Dolphin Safari. It was magical as we saw lots of Dolphins, jumping freely out of the ocean and gliding through the crystal blue water. On our return we headed back to our beachside bungalow to get ready for evening dinner, we had a delicious three-course meal and our table was covered in native Maldivian flowers. Matthew then decided that we should go for a walk, so hand in hand, walking through the golden sand on the beach, we were once again under a blanket of bright, twinkling starts. Joking and laughing with the waves at our side Matthew turned to me and proposed, he had kept his bet with himself. I was amazed and of course my answer was yes! The moment was breathtaking! I have the most beautiful diamond ring and the moment was something my fiancé and I will treasure forevermore.

    • Sophie Johnston
    • 04 February 2012
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  • In October 2011, I decided to book my family and I (my mum, step dad, sister and boyfriend) tickets to see 'It's a Wonderful Life' at The phoenix Picturehouse Cinema in Oxford on Christmas eve. Little did I know, this decision would change my world. My boyfriend (as far as I was aware at that point) was heading down from our home in Kent in that day and kept texting me to say he was going to be early to the cinema and that I must make sure I get there on time. However, when I got there he text me to say he would be late. Me and my family sat down in the cinema and I kept checking my phone wondering where he was. The trailers started and I was getting even more anxious as to where he was. Suddenly a trailer appeared on the screen that seemed a bit different to that which had come on before. My boyfriend's voice seemed to be saying the voiceover. Then, my face appeared on screen and the voice said, 'are you this woman?' 'are you sitting in the cinema right now?' I started to cry and wondered what was going on. Then as the trailer continued the voice said 'in a few seconds I'm going to ask you to marry me'. Rich burst into the cinema, carrying heart shaped balloons and a ring and shouted to the auditorium 'Holly Lawton Smith, will you marry me?'. I ran out from my seat, kissed him all over his face. He whispered, 'is that a yes?' and of course it was. He announced 'she said yes' to the room of 150 cinema goers and there was a tremendous applause. The cinema staff brought out champagne and we sat giggling and drinking our champagne with my family and rather than watching the film, I started to plan my wedding! See here for the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8a0dok1U54

    • Holly Lawton Smith
    • 05 February 2012
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  • For some time I had been planning on asking Bekki to marry me. Initially I had it all planned, I was going to do it on Valentines Day this year. However, I didn't want to wait that long and so brought it forward to New Years Eve. I had purchased the ring in advance, as I wanted the moment to be perfect. Now I just had to pick the right time. That night, to celebrate New Years Eve, we went out for a meal at the Hallmark Hotel in Manchester (previously known as the Belfry Hotel). There were quite a number of guests, seated at tables and a stage at the top end, where the entertainment was taking place – being hosted by a man called Paul. Whilst Bekki took a seat I ordered us some drinks, and spoke to a lady regarding ordering some champagne for later in the evening. I explained to her I was planning on asking my girlfriend to marry me, and that I wanted some champagne bringing over to the table when I did it. She agreed and we got talking, deciding that at 10pm I would ask her and shortly afterwards she would bring over the champagne, in a bucket with 2 glasses. I disappeared a few times, to organise arrangements, and spoke to a manager about what I was planning later – and could it be arranged for them to put our song on (Bruno Mars – Just the way you are) when I proposed……. He said he would speak to the entertainment man (Paul) and get back to me. About an hour later, during a discrete moment Paul came to find me, and wished me look. He said that would be no problem, he would put the song on at 10pm –as requested, but also asked if I was prepared to do it on stage. I considered this, and agreed to it. We finalised the plans throughout the night, with Paul saying at 10 he would call Bekki up onto the stage then put our song on. He would then pass me the microphone – put our song on – and I could ask her then. The moment arrived; bang on 10pm Paul announced over the microphone that he needed a Bekki Mills to join him on stage. She looked round at me, a little surprised and I eventually managed to convince her to go up to find out what it was all about. Paul had a conversation with her, with a few hundred people now sat watching and listening as they finished off their pudding and enjoyed a drink. He then said "I believe you like this song" and as promised Bruno Mars "Just the way you are" began playing – reverberating around the room. Sensing my moment, I quickly made my way up on stage and Paul passed me the microphone. I had the ring in my pocket ready – and prepared myself to ask her. Caught up in the moment though – on hearing our song – and being quite a good singer I couldn't resist singing the words to her. People began to listen, watching intently – whilst I prepared for the right time to propose. During the chorus I changed the words to "Bekki will you marry me?" which led to a huge cheer from the watching guests and Bekki looking on in shock wondering if she'd heard correctly. At which point, I got down on one knee and repeated the question – getting the box containing the ring out of my pocket and displaying it to her. Thankfully with so many people looking on she said yes "and then pandemonium set in – with us being given a standing ovation – and then people rushing over to congratulate us. Myself and Bekki had gone out for the night – everyone were strangers – and yet for the rest of the night it felt like we had known these well-wishers all our life – as they took it in turns to approach us and wish us all the best. Hugging, kissing and even cheering. A special mention must go to one man who was out celebrating with his family – who I have not seen before or since. He congratulated us both – and insisted on buying us a bottle of champagne. I could hardly believe such a remarkable gesture from someone, who until 10 minutes earlier had been a complete stranger. It took us around an hour to return to our table – as people were coming up to us both, congratulating us as if we were members of their own family. When we did finally return to the table the lady brought over the champagne as promised in the bucket with 2 glasses – but there were already 3 other bottles of champagne which had been bought by fellow guests to congratulate us. Other than the man who I spoke to and thanked profusely, I still don't know to this day who they were all off – but it was just an incredible moment in our lives – one that neither of us will ever forget. I just hope our Wedding Day on May 26th is just as special, along with the rest of our lives together.

    • Michael
    • 07 February 2012
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  • It was christmas day 2010. We were completely snowed into our flat and my fiance woke at 5am. I thought it was his excitement about it being Christmas but actually it was his nerves at what he was about to do. To paint a picture.... One week earlier we were cuddled up watching a film and my fiance had a life threatening asthma attack. It was snowing badly and as we live in the sticks it took a while for the ambulance to arrive. As he took a turn for the worst I was in hysterics with panic. Finally the ambulance arrived and he was rushed to hospital, he stabilised and all seemed to be ok. The next day I woke to find I was snowed in. I was gutted as I couldn't visit the hospital, but I knew Nathan was ok because we were texting all day. And then he didn't text back. I had a phone call from a nurse who told me he had taken a turn for the worst and that it was critical I went to the hospital as soon as possible. We thought he was going to die. So the next door neighbour let us borrow their 4 x 4 and heading out with a flask of coffee and lots of layers, my Dad attempted to drive me to the hospital. We made it and to my relief he had survived yet another life threatening asthma attack. I visited every day and watched him get better, hoping that he would be allowed out for Christmas day. Luckily I was able to pick him up Christmas eve. I thought I was going to loose him, he thought he wasn't going to get the chance to do his proposal that he had been planning for months. I have never come so close to loosing someone I love and it makes you realise how precious life is. The next morning at 8am he woke me with breakfast in bed, got down onto one knee and pulled out a stunning diamond ring, with tears streaming down his face he told me he never wanted to risk losing me again and asked me to marry him. It was the perfect end to what was a horrendous week.

    • Holly Munro
    • 12 February 2012
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  • On the day before Christmas Eve, Caleb's family decided to have their Christmas dinner. I was helping Caleb's mother and sister prepare dinner when Caleb told me to keep his nephew busy while he and his brother-in-law "put together a toy" for his nephew. He came back inside about 15 minutes later and we sat on his couch for several minutes. He then said "I have a surprise for you. Are you ready to open your Christmas present?" Of course I was totally willing. We walked out of his back door, through his backyard, and to the front door of his parents' barn. He said "Baby, close your eyes.... keep them closed..." As he walked me into the barn, "okay now open them!" I opened my eyes and the barn was completely decorated: A Christmas tree was embellished with all of our ornaments we decorate each year, oodles of white Christmas lights were strung all over the barn, and candy canes lit up the walkway in front of the tree. To top it off, Christmas music started playing! In complete awe? Absolutely. I was blown away, but I didn't suspect anything like an engagement because he does sweet stuff quite often. He handed me a big box and said, "Go ahead and open your Christmas present." I opened the first box, which led to another box wrapped in leopard print paper. I then unwrapped and opened this box to find a pair of beautiful sparkly, pink shoes that I had mentioned saying I loved them but NEVER EVER expected him to get them for me because they are a little on the pricey side. I shrieked, jumped up and down, and said "Thank you" about 10 times. When I calmed down a bit, I laid the shoebox down and gave Caleb a huge hug and kiss. He pulled me close and said "You know I love you and want to spend the rest of my life with you. You mean the world to me Sarah." Again, Caleb always does and says sweet things. Teary eyed, I hugged him, agreed, and then said thank you again. He then took a step back and said, "What did you tell me when you first saw those shoes?" I thought for a minute and said, "Umm, I wanted them!" He said, "Okay…what else did you say?" It suddenly clicked, "Oh! If I could have any shoe to wear on my wedding day, these would be it!" He said that he had just one more surprise for me. He clicked on more Christmas lights that were tacked up on the back of the barn which formed the words "Marry Me," and the song "Marry Me" by Train started playing. My jaw dropped. He started saying sweet things, but it was all a blur for me as he got down on his knee and said "Sarah, will you marry me?" When his right knee dropped, I was completely in shock and dropped to both of my knees. Before he slipped the ring on my finger, he said, "Wait, you didn't answer my question!" I was so overjoyed that I forgot to say yes! "Of course," I replied. His brother-in-law was hiding in one of the barn's stalls, working the music on Caleb's iPod and taking pictures the whole time. Another surprise: when we came inside from the barn, my mom, dad, sister, and sister's fiancé were waiting for us. I am such a lucky girl. It was such a perfect and memorable night!

    • Sarah Lightfoot
    • 12 February 2012
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  • After a problematic few months of job losses, exams and family controversies, (as well as a sad chat where he said how sorry he was that he couldn't afford the ring he thought I deserved), my then boyfriend John suggested we get away for a weekend in Edinburgh. We booked a nice hotel and he arranged for us to go for a V.I.P dinner at the Hard Rock Café, kindly organized by his cousin who is quite senior in the company. We arrived at the restaurant, had a very personal welcome by all the staff and enjoyed a lovely meal and a few drinks. Nothing seemed strange, as had been the case for the whole day, although John did keep popping off now and again to 'thank' the staff. Needless to say however, following 'that chat', a proposal didn't seem to be on the cards. At around 9pm, the music stopped and one of the waiters stood up and announced to the crowd, that as it was Christmas, we were all going to have a singsong and invited us all to join in with 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You' by Andy Williams. So everybody sang along, us included, until suddenly the waiter signaled for all to stop singing. At this point, John got down on one knee, and in front of the entire restaurant/choir (all of whom had their eyes fixed on us) presented me with the ring he 'couldn't afford' (which had been handmade and secretly hiding underneath our bed for the past two months) and asked me to marry him. I was utterly floored and overwhelmed, but could still make out all the cheering and shouts of 'SAY YES!' and 'WHAT'S YOUR ANSWER?!' just before everybody started singing the main chorus of the song. John slipped the ring on my finger, whilst I hyperventilated (no, really!) and suddenly in the corner of my eye, I saw John's family emerge from the crowd, which did nothing to help my breathing! They had driven up from Newcastle to Edinburgh that day and had sneaked into the restaurant ten minutes beforehand, so they could share our special moment. Needless to say, I was amazed that they had been in on the whole scheme for months-and their arrival at that moment surprised me all the more. So after what seemed like an eternity (to him) I finally managed to simply nod (I could barely breathe, let alone speak!) and we kissed whilst the whole place went wild. It turned out that John had arranged the whole thing weeks in advance with the manager, and had written a letter to all the customers at the Hard Rock (which were distributed to all the tables before the show went on the road) explaining who we were, what we looked like (John said he was six foot and blond, and said that I was Asian and extremely beautiful!) and what was about to happen, along with the song lyrics. He'd even asked my dad (twice in fact-as he didn't get his blessing the first time round!) for my hand a few days before. Little did I realise that the whole thing had been filmed by a member of the public, and was posted the next day on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CGT7XEXnmQ So now my very uncool reaction is immortalised for all to see. But despite my extremely embarrassing reaction and anger that I hadn't worked out what was going on, I wouldn't have changed any moment of it for the world. We're due to get married in August 2013. I hope you enjoyed the video as much as I didn't, starring in it!

    • Urmila Roy
    • 12 February 2012
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  • We met in a casino in Brighton in October 2008, hit things off straight away and after a while, lived together in Wandsworth. We have since moved to Surrey, because Andrew's business is based there and I can commute into the City from pretty much wherever. My Father works in the same building as me (Lloyd's of London), so in February last year, in the true traditional and gracious manner, Andrew had to make sure when he came up to the City to ask for my Father's permission to ask me to marry him, that I would not know or bump into them! Taking my Father to a champagne bar near Bank seemed like the perfect setting for this request, and thankfully was met with honour and joy, my Father describing Andrew as 'conservative with a small 'c''! That evening Andrew whisked me away to Norway to see the Northern Lights. It was something I had always wanted to do and he made it so incredibly special by booking us in to stay in a Husky Dog camp. That night under the beautiful Northern Lights, dressed in 5 layers of ski clothes as it was -13 degrees, Andrew got down on one knee and asked me if he can make me happy for the rest of our lives togther. Surrounded by snow, reindeer hides, an open fire and the Northern Lights it really was the most romantic proposal I could have ever dreamed of (not to mention being proposed to with the most wonderful engagement ring, that he had had made for me!) One year on, our planning has gone really well and Andrew and I have really worked as a team so I am very proud of what we have achieved together, with no arguing and with equal enthusiasm. On the one year anniversary of our engagement, Andrew took me to collect our wedding rings (from the Laines in Brighton, where we met). Now we are in the last 5 months in the lead up to our big day and we are more in love than ever and still loving every minute of 'wedding planning chat'! I cannot wait until our big day in July this year!

    • Sophie West
    • 13 February 2012
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  • My boyfriend's proposal was Pride and Prejudiced themed because I'm a massive Jane Austen fan! After sending me a series of cryptic clues throughout the week, he woke me up at 3am to get in the car! He then drove us up to the Peak District in Derbyshire to the exact spot at Stanage Edge where, in the film, Elizabeth realises he's in love with Darcy. He then got down on one knee and proposed just as the sun rose! It was the most beautiful crisp winter morning! He then read me a quote from Darcy when he tells Elizabeth he loves her. When we got back in the car he had a thermos and warm porridge waiting for us.

    • Harriet Serjeant
    • 15 February 2012
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  • i have been in love with my fiancee since i was 14. we met in the spring of the year 2000 and i feel blessed to have crossed his path. we have had some of the happiest and saddest times during our relationship but remain inseperable! 2010 was our ten year anniversary and you could say friends and family were anticipating an engagement (and got me dreaming) so scott decided to mislead me in a very cunning way. on our anniversary he bought me a lovely eternity ring, as lovely as it was you can imagine that i sat there thinking well hes not going to propose as hes given me this ring, hes not going to get me another ring! he then told me we were going to blackpool for a few days. i was extremely grateful but a part of me felt woops i had fantasised too much! on our way to blackpool i fell asleep and woke up by stonehenge. i soon realised scott was taking me to cornwall my favourite place in the world. He booked a cottage where we stayed before that was romantic and picturesque. Waiting for me was 10 red roses for every year he has loved me. On the second day we were there, we decided to go to st michaels mount a beautiful castle on an island out at sea. The sky was blue, it was wonderfully sunny, with the sea sparkling. we had to get a boat trip to the island and normally it is a direct trip but the staff took us around the entire island as it was quiet that day. we looked around the historical castle ans then walked around the wild, sweet gardens. we stopped at the "tortoise " lawn, a lovely patch of grass, that was quite private, with palm trees ans flowers all around us, the castle behind me and the sea infront of me. We had a picnic and absorbed the surroundings. Scott asked me to stand infront of the castle for a photo and to look up, as i was distracted i then turned around to find scott on one knee-very nervous. In his hand was another sparkling ring! and he told me how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me after loving me for the last 10 years. I was shaking and crying as was he and of course there was only one answer to give when he asked me to be his wife-YES! We both kissed and cuddled and was on a huge adrenaline high. I placed the ring on my finger (with the eternity ring) and was overwhelmed. we both then phoned our family to share the happy news! following this scott cooked breakfast and dinner the whole time we were there and treated me wonderfully. we are getting married on the 19th may 2013, 13 years since our journey began! x

    • victoria smith
    • 15 February 2012
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  • How did the proposal happen? For Christmas 2011 Brian got me a professional Canon camera, one that I have been wanting for a while now. Clearly the camera and all the features were way over my head. So with the gift of the camera, Brian got me a bag filled with accessories, attachments and a "photography workshop" with a professional photographer for the date of January 15, 2012. So we met Mariah (the photographer) at Brian's parents' home in Windsor, California for my "lesson". She told me that she would be using Brian and I as some props to show me different options of the camera (i.e. light, aperture, blur, focus, etc…). The one pose she wanted to show me was how to focus on the front object and blur the background. So Mariah had me walking away from the camera, with Brian closer to her. Then I heard, "Marisa, okay turn around and walk back to me". There is where I saw Brian down on one knee with the ring. It was a little blurry after that - LOL. The walk back to him seemed like miles! Brian was down on one knee. He asked me to marry him while the photographer was capturing the entire moment. Once I said yes (of course) we kissed and Brian said, "I have one more surprise for you!" I then looked up at the house and here comes his parents with my parents. Oh my gosh, what a thrill! I was so happy to have that moment with my mom & dad! It was surely a wonderful day full of surprises! Brian wanted to propose on our anniversary of our first date, January 21, 2012 - but I had a wedding booked that day. He hired a "secret photographer" for the proposal...I was just blown away! Here is the link from the photographer (her side of the story): http://mariahsmith.com/weddings/brian-marisa-the-proposal/

    • Marisa Manna
    • 28 February 2012
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  • We headed off at 5am on a Saturday morning for Phil's family home in Devon...having had a bit of a late Friday night, I threw on a tracksuit and trainers, tied my hair up and jumped in the car. Later that day, Phil's mom asked me if I would join her on a shopping trip as she wanted to show me some ideas she'd had for Phil's Christmas present, might sound crazy for September, but not for my future mother-in-law! We arrived home after four, just as the rain clouds were clearing and the afternoon sun was pouring through the clouds. Phil asked me if I wanted to go for a walk to see his mum's prize flowers and as he headed down the path, I noticed a gazebo over the swing seat in the corner of the garden, overlooking the Devon countryside. While I'd been out, Phil and his 87 year old Yaya( Granny) had completely covered the gazebo in roses and flowers, put out candles and champagne and comfy cushions.He got down on one knee and presented me with an incredible diamond ring that had belonged to his Yaya. My heart was going a million miles an hour and I was completely speechless... I couldn't manage much more than a hug before I burst into tears. It was such a special moment, and the best day of my life so far. And even more special each time I look at my ring to know it's been passed down through such a loving family. :) We will be married in February 2013 on the beach in South Africa and I love the fact that our families and homes have become so much a part of our story together... so far!

    • Katie Niebieszczanski
    • 28 February 2012
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  • On 15th November 2011 I turned 21 and was surprised with my boyfriend booking a trip to Paris for new year. When the 30th of December came I was then told that we would be dining in the eiffel tower. Excited I got myself ready and we set off me in my dress and my boyfriend all suited up. Siting down at 9pm we could see the entire view of Paris. We ordered our meals and set into the most perfect romantic meal ever. The wine was flowing and my boyfriend told me he'd be right back. I sat staring out into the landscape just mesmorised that I was actually here! Minutes later he returned looking all flustered. I asked if everything was ok and his return words were "your dad's going to kill me" I looked slightly puzzled then he got down on 1 knee. I don't remember much of what was said as I became so overwhelmed I began to cry so much I couldn't breathe! All other customers in the restaurant began to clap and congratulate us although it still hadn't sunk in that the love of my life had asked for my hand in marriage. After a few more glasses of wine my partner admitted that he had never been so scared in all his life, bearing in mind he's just returned off tour from Afghanistan! That moment I will nevet forget for as long as I shall live. I went to Paris a giddy 21 year old and came back an engaged young woman beaming from ear to ear.

    • natalie
    • 04 March 2012
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  • I have been with my fiancé for eight years since I was 18. We met at drama school and have live and worked together ever since. We're partners in everything we do. After we bought our first home I really wanted us to get engaged so I left some pretty big hints. He told me to be quiet and leave him to get on with it in his own time and his own way. Little did I know he had been saving for a year and half for my ring and the proposal. He asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday and so I thought I we were off for a weekend in Bath. I started planning some important meetings with agents and when I was telling him about them he looked a bit strange and came back with a card. It had a picture of the Eiffel tower on the front. When I opened it there was an essay of French inside. He made me translate it using google! It said because you've had such a terrible year (I had) you deserve the best birthday ever. We're not going to Batn we're going to Paris to eat nice food, drink nice wine, visit Versailles and Disneyland. I started to think there was a chance he might propose. He booked lunch at a two Michelin star restaurant for my birthday. On the day it was 45 degrees in Paris but I still curled my hair just in case and he wouldn't take off his jacket! We had a fabulous meal and I started to think maybe he wasn't going to propose after all and nearly cried with disappointment. Then he got the ring out which was beautiful and I cried with joy. They bought us flowers and champagne and took a picture of us for us to keep. He'd wanted to take me to a park or something but I was too impatient. He then told me the story of buying the ring and planning our trip. He did such a perfect job. I can't wait to marry him!

    • Rebecca Rochelle
    • 04 March 2012
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  • Andy and I had been together for 5 years when last October after a really bad day at work he suggests going away to Rome for a long weekend to cheer me up and get away for a bit. We arranged it to coincide with our 5 year anniversary little did I know this was his plan all along. Over the two years previous to that he had been hatching his plan to result in a trip to Rome. In the months previous to our trip away he had asked my dad's permission and visited several jewellery shops and sent off the engagement ring for modifications. We went away the day before our anniversary and the night before I even laughed with him over the fact work colleagues believed he was going to propose. The next day we visited the Roman Forum and walked around all day in the heat with Andy wearing his jacket refusing to let me put it in my bag. We finally stopped our walk for a breather overlooking the Coliseum when in a sweet little nervous voice he said I've got a little question for you. I replied yep so what's that he grabbed my hand to turn me round to see him kneeling down with a ring in his hand and him asking me to marry him. Following on from his proposal a tourist said he had captured a picture of the whole event and emailed it to me a few weeks later. We are going to use it in our wedding planned for next year as our save the date to send to everyone.

    • Lisa Forbes
    • 19 March 2012
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  • My fiance and I are childhood sweethearts and have been together for nearly 9 years. We met at school and both sets of families already got on great. He was insistent that we go and visit family friends living in Cyprus in October 2010 and to have a relaxing week- long holiday. On the night of our 7th anniversary, us, plus our two friends, went for a lovely dinner and then a walk along the beach behind one of the 5* hotels in Limassol and headed up a rocky path. A lot of people were dining outside the hotel and we walked up the path to stop at the top where we were surrounded by the beautiful ocean. At this point, I still had no idea and thought how lucky I was to even be here with him in this beautiful place in the world. We hugged and he said "We have been together for 7 years now and you have made me so happy." He pushed me back slightly and got down on one knee and asked "I love you so much, will you marry me?" I couldn't believe my eyes, just gasped and eventually said yes, of course!!! I was in shock for the rest of the night and tried to take in what had just happened. Our friends even captured the moment on camera. To this day, I still get emotional thinking about that special holiday and how lucky I am to be with such a kind, handsome, wonderful man. We are getting married in May this year and cannot wait to start the next chapter in our lives.

    • Penny Green
    • 30 March 2012
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  • Elliot had told me that were doing something special for my birthday – but didn't say what. I was a bit annoyed when I found out his mum would have to drive us to wherever this 'surprise' was. Until the blindfold I had been wearing during the car journey came off, and I realized we were in Heathrow. I was surprised, to say the least. I was told to 'come along' and didn't really understand until we got to the check out desk and discovered that we were going to my dream destination: Iceland. He had booked everything, hotels, tours, meals – I was beyond words! On my actual birthday, we were meant to go see the northern lights, but a snowstorm meant we couldn't; Instead we went for a lovely meal. Elliot then tried to convince me to pose for some pictures outside the amazing cathedral by our hotel. Reluctantly (it was -5 outside) I went along with it. After some photos, he told me to close my eyes, hold out my hands and open an extra present – only when I opened my eyes he was there, down on one knee, in the snow, saying: 'There is nothing I want more in my life, than to have you as Mrs Isaacson.' Totally perfect!

    • Stephanie Isaacson
    • 03 April 2012
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