Having a bridesmaid dress business the question 'are you married?' comes up quite a lot. I won't lie, I was starting to panic I'd be the living version of that saying: 'Always the bridesmaid, never the bride,' but then Andrew came along.
Having met again by chance we quickly found out we were very compatible. Before I knew it, we were seriously dating.
Running my own business means I obviously work a lot, and weekends being the busiest time for Maids to Measure, Andrew and I didn't get to spend too much time together. As a solution we picked out a weekend in our diaries and marked it as 'our weekend'.
The plan was to get the train home to my parents' house, borrow a car for the weekend and drive to the countryside for a bit of a romantic break.
We headed to Southsea, a favourite spot of mine, and enjoyed what turned out to be a lovely evening.
We were walking along the seafront at sunset when I saw a whole load of graffiti plastered all over the lovely bandstand. My eyesight isn't the best, and whilst I was tutting to myself, cursing the youth of today, I noticed it wasn't a wannabe-Banksy: it was 'our song', Graffiti on the Train, which aptly includes the words 'Marry Me I love you.'
As soon as that clicked, as if by magic, the song started playing. It hit me: Andrew was proposing.
Weirdly, I felt embarrassed. I wanted to cry for joy, but tears failed me. I blame the shock; I simply didn't know what to do.
The moment I'd always dreamt about was finally here! Where were the meaningful and/or funny things I wanted to say? Where was my wit gone? I was too happy to even care about my reaction. A simple yes sealed the deal and champagne (again, as if by magic) appeared.
Then, from nowhere, a jolly old lady coach driver appeared, and we asked her to take some pictures. They didn't quite work out - they are a bit on the blurry side, but I love that - and it wasn't anything a selfie couldn't fix.
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Just as I was hoping to sit down and enjoy the moment together, Andrew revealed another surprise: our friends and family were back at the pub waiting for us to celebrate!
I couldn't quite believe it was happening. I still can't believe it happened. The amount of planning that went into it all; the graffiti and timing our walk and the music and bubbles… it was all amazing. Now I simply can't wait to get married!