- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
It’s taken me a little while to post this, I needed to find enough time to try to do the proposal justice! My fiance is amazing and planned a perfect, thoughtful, meaningful day for me that I will always remember.
We’ve been pretty busy lately looking for our first home to rent together and on top of that have been busy most weekends attending weddings, christenings and other family/friend events. Last weekend was a rare couple of days with no fixed plans and he said on the Friday that he wanted to just relax with me and how about he made me a nice breakfast the next day, what would I like? And so it began …
The next morning he made me a lovely breakfast in bed of fresh grapefruit and croissants warmed in the oven, this was followed by proper coffee for which he’d even warmed the milk. After bringing me the coffee upstairs, he asked if I’d had enough to eat and if I thought I would be able to face whatever the day had to throw at me. When I said yes, he handed me a word puzzle to do over my coffee, titled ‘The start of a quest’ (it was a riddle, but all but a couple of the letters were substituted by numbers so I had to actually work out what the riddle was first). I solved the riddle which pointed me to a location in my house, but he told me that we had to get showered and dressed before I could act on it (unbeknownst to me, he was taking the opportunity while I showered to take my car keys to hide further clues in my car).
The following little while was spent with me following clues from place to place in my house. They were hidden in meaningful places like where we had our first kiss on my sofa and my dvds of Cirque du Soleil which we’d gone to see live on our 1st anniversary. Eventually, after following a clue which advised that bravery was needed (I’m petrified of spiders) I found a printed QR code in my shed, and having downloaded a QR code reader onto my phone, it pointed me to clues in our cars which I had to fit together to get my next location – his house.
He instructed me that I wouldn’t be coming back to my house for a while so to take anything I wanted for the day, and then he drove me to his. Here I followed another series of clues, showing my knowledge of him by having to know things like his favourite book and favourite graphic novel. Part 1 of the quest ended with me finding an envelope, which contained an invitation to dinner with him that evening and a card congratulating me for getting to that point, giving me my instructions for part 2 and containing a bundle of money. The instructions were that I was to go on a posh ‘scavenger hunt’, I could buy a new outfit and/or shoes and/or anything else I wanted for myself. The rules were that I wasn’t allowed to bring back any change and I wasn’t allowed to tell him off! He said that I didn’t often splurge money on myself, I’m more of a saver and am quite careful, so he wanted me to have a ‘guilt free’ shopping experience where I could get anything I liked without worrying about how much it cost (it was the left over money from the budget he had given himself for buying my ring). He said he knew I preferred shopping on my own, so he was going to just drop me at the train station (my car was off the road at the time, one of a few things he had to work around) and I should just text him when I was on the train back. I had fun going round the shops for a few hours, though it did take me a little while to get into a spending mindset and not restrict myself to looking in the sales sections. Got myself a whole new outfit for dinner (underwear, dress, shoes and earrings) and a new pair of boots that I’d been eyeing up for a while, but hadn’t got because they were more than I could justify spending on footwear normally.
Once I was on my way back, Fi text me my next clue which pointed me to the first geocaching cache we’d found together when we first started going out. It’s in a clearing in the woods behind my house and we went straight there when he’d picked me up from the train station. It was a beautiful setting, a lot of new trees have just been planted in the clearing, so we were surrounded by saplings. In the cache I found my final clue which was ‘What connects a star and a crown?’. I looked confused, so Fi offered to show me, got down on one knee and produced my ring. He then told me how much he loved me and asked me to marry him, to which I replied ‘Of course I will’! He then proceed to explain the final clue referred to my ring. The star was the diamond (which sparkles like crazy!) which represented me (I studied Astrophysics to PhD level and stars are kindof ‘my thing’, most of my jewellery has stars in it) and the crown was the prongs of the setting, when viewed from the side they look like a crown, and this represented him as his surname is King. He’d also chosen a knife edge band as looks like it’s pointing towards the star/crown and raising them up, which he said represented us raising above anything life might throw at us in the future. Fi is a self-confessed over-thinker, but on this occasion I absolutely love how much thought he put into everything and how meaningful it all is, I really can’t think of anything more perfect than what he did! We ended the day by going out for a really nice meal and then had a lovely day together on Sunday including ringing round friends and family to let them know our good news 🙂
So, on to some pics … Fi picked the ring completely by himself, all I’d said to him was that I didn’t want too big a stone as I have quite small fingers anyway and prefer delicate jewellery (I’m also a UK bee and ‘smaller’ stone rings seem to be more usual over here than in the US). Because of this he decided to get a high quality stone, so here is my platinum ring with a 0.34ct, E colour, VVS2, Excellent cut, Excellent polish, brilliant round diamond (for reference my finger size is a UK J = US 4.75).