As you probably know, at the end of May I went on holiday to Florida for two and a half weeks. It was an amazing holiday and I will be posting about it, but I had to start by sharing some very happy news - Chris proposed whilst we were out there!
We have been together over 9 years so I knew would get engaged at some point, however his proposal was a complete surprise - which was so lovely as I really thought I'd have some idea that it was going to happen.
Everyone kept asking me if I thought Chris would propose whilst we were in Florida (everyone knows how much I love it there!) and at first I'd thought that he might, but had completely convinced myself that he wasn't going to. I thought if it was on the cards, he'd be nervous going through the airport as if he had a ring in his bag he would probably be quite edgy - but he was cool as a cucumber (even when his bag had to be searched! He thought he was going to have to pop the question in Gatwick airport!) and he also kept talking about us going to Florence for a mini break so I assumed that's what he was planning.
So onto the actual proposal - he had asked for my Dad's permission at the airport as they went for a beer before the flight and then for the first week he kept trying to get me on my own. Unfortunately I was a difficult girlfriend and was rigidly sticking to my itinerary! Even when he asked if I wanted to go on a bike ride I declined because I wanted to sunbathe. Poor Chris!
Finally he got me on my own by saying that his workmate had recommended some lovely gardens that were a nice bit of escapism from the Disney and Universal parks. This was a total lie to get me there (I still quizzed him on his workmate, when he'd been, what he'd done...again, poor Chris!) but it worked and we found ourselves at the very beautiful Leu Gardens.
We walked around and it was just gorgeous. I felt like I was in The Notebook. We eventually came to this pretty bandstand area...
First of all I made Chris take numerous pictures of me posing, and then I started dancing around it singing 'I am 16 going on 17...'. Eventually I got down and he said that he needed to ask me a question....and he proposed!
It was all a bit of a blur but was the most happy moment and I was so surprised - of course I said yes! He did so well - the ring was made for me in Hatton Gardens and is exactly what I would have chosen myself, I just need it resizing slightly. It's so sparkly and beautiful and I just love it.
After he proposed, we walked around the gardens a little more before heading back to meet the family for dinner - it was amazing to have them all out there to celebrate with, and also to have most of the holiday ahead of us. The perfect day.