Today, we having been chatting to Brides-to-be, Emma who tells us all about her beautiful love story and proposal with her now finance, Daniel.
1. Where did you meet your partner?
Daniel and myself met through a mutual friend. I was at a festival with my friend and her partner, who happens to work with Daniel. I was happily single, with my late cat Morgan, properly planning the cat lady life and he started talking to me randomly about Dan and how we would get on, and that he should introduce us. For the first 2 hours I wouldn’t entertain it, but in the end I agreed for him to send Dan a photo of me, mainly so he would shut up and I could enjoy the rest of the festival in peace! The rest is history!
2. How long had you been together before you became engaged?
Our official date was the 16th August 2017 and Dan proposed on the 26th June 2019, so just under 2 years!
3. Can you remember an exact point when you looked at your partner and thought “he’s the one!”
I remember the exact moment. It was in December 2017, we went away to a romantic log cabin in Yorkshire that was really secluded. In the garden there was a lake, with a bridge from the garden over the water to the middle, with a fire pit. We had lit the fire pit, were drinking hot chocolates with all the trimmings and roasting marshmallows. It was absolutely freezing, but it was in the moment I realised how much of an amazing time we were having, how lucky I was to be sat in the middle of this lake with him & how happy and content he made me.
4. Where and how did the proposal take place? Was it expected or a complete shock?
We had gone away for a week’s holiday to Wales after selling my house and buying our forever home together. I remember my parents coming to say goodbye to me and giving Dan a longer hug than normal, but I didn’t think anything of it. We went to Bodnant Gardens in Wales for an evening walk, which is a National Trust Gardens, which had a dog friendly evening so we could take our German Shepherd Lexi with us. Dan suggested we take a detour off the beaten track as he spotted a bench over looking a waterfall in the garden. We sat down and I was busy looking at the map, pointing out different things within the gardens we needed to see next. All of a sudden he gets off the bench and down on one knee, with the ring box open, I start crying, he starts crying as he is trying to explain and ask the question. I definitely was not expecting it at all. Being on our own, with the dog was so perfect for us.
5. What does marriage mean to you?
I have always dreamt of getting married, having a family unit, children, family traditions etc since I was little. It means the absolute world to me, the thought of it makes you feel warm, secure and fuzzy. Daniel has actually never thought about or wanted to get married, until he met me. He said he had never fully understood it, as he has sadly seen his Mum be hurt in the past. But going through our relationship together, the things we have achieved, made him realise how important it actually is when you find the right person.
6. Did you both have the opportunity to meet each other’s families before the engagement?
Yes, we met each others families within the first two months of our relationship. At the time we were both in our late twenties, so this wasn’t such a huge daunting task, but more something we felt was right to do.
7. Have you always had a set idea of how you’d like your wedding day or are you open to ideas?
I literally had it planned on Pinterest! Who doesn’t?! Haha! No, we actually changed our mind on quite a few things, being brutally honest. The pandemic has changed our opinion on things we thought were important, but we realised were just materialistic and not really what we actually wanted. More than anything we want our family and friends to interact with each other and us, because we haven’t been able too.
8. Are you planning a small intimate ceremony or a large wedding?
Our day has always been planned for 60 people during the day and probably around an extra 20 for the evening. Dan has a large family, whereas I have a very small family, so we had to get the balance right.
9. Have you enjoyed wedding planning so far? What’s been the most enjoyable part? What’s been the most stressful part?
I am a Project Manager by day, so this has been my absolute dream! I love notes, plans, spreadsheets, ticking things off. So I have found the whole thing enjoyable. The only stress has been the unknown, the lead up to the wedding is going to be so busy now, with shops not being open, but, we will take it in our stride and ensure we enjoy every moment, as we never get this time back.
10. What are your future plans together?
We are planning on having a year to enjoy ourselves after the wedding. We are hopefully going on honeymoon 2 days after the wedding to Bali. When we return we plan on having a year of just doing what we want, when we want. Enjoying married life together, building memories. We would have finished saving so will have spare money we can use to just enjoy us. We also have some house bits we want to do, so to have the garden landscaped and a new kitchen. After a year we plan on starting to think about starting a family, but that depends on how much fun we are having! But that’s the ultimate goal for us.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful love story with us. We can’t wait for the two of you to tie the knot and make it official!