I’m always slightly reluctant when it comes to sharing my personal life on my blog, as you’ll usually find me talking about lifestyle, beauty and travel (which I still have lots to fill you in on to be honest!) I am not great at being the centre of attention with something so personal with large groups of people; and find it a lot easier to write it all down and share it that way, so bugger it…let’s throw it back to 15th September 2017.
The Build Up
It was generally a great time as my family were visiting from Scotland. We’d spent the week travelling the East cost of Australia, showing them some of the places we travelled in our little camper van before we moved, and exploring new places too!
After a busy but amazing week, we flew back to Melbourne and rushed to get freshened up and ready to go out and get our nails done, which Ali had organised as it was my birthday the next day…(what a legend to make sure I had pretty nails for the proposal).
If there was ever a thought that crossed my mind, it was that if Ali was going to ask my Dad for my hand in marriage, then it would be a prime time. But I never expected him to actually propose to me.
(This will be our my last Christmas as a miss, eek! Anyway…back to the story!)
I’d had such a fab girly day but after a while, the jet lag started catching up on us. So, we made our way back to the flat to chill out before dinner at the delicious Spanish restaurant Movida in the heart of Melbourne! I’d been eyeing the restaurant up for a while and knew I wanted to go there for my birthday, as we all love Spanish/tapas.
Little did I know that, whilst we were out pampering ourselves, Ali recruited the help of my Dad to rearrange our flat with gorgeous candles, rose petals and set up our TV in our hallway… keep reading 😉
As we came back to the flat, the lift was out of order and at that point in time, we thought we’d never make it. My poor wee Gran was so tired as well. Against all odds, we made it to the top and were greeted with a huge bunch of red roses with my name on them.
How fancy, I thought. Ali knows I love flowers but I’ve actually never received roses before. So I was a bit suspicious but just thought that Ali was going the extra mile as my family were over. My flowers were seriously stunning! At this point, both my Mum and Gran were grinning from ear to ear, granting browny points to Ali boy.
Where We Got Engaged
Walking up the hallway I could see our TV outside our flat door. I just kept saying, ‘What the hell?!’… ‘is that our TV?’… ‘I bet our neighbours are thinking what is going on here’.
As we got closer, the TV started playing… Ali had put a video of our love story so far (notching up the browny points another few bars), filled with memories from when we first met, good times with family and friends and then our experience moving to Australia. It was so special and meant even more that I got to experience the joy with my family beside me.
Honestly right up until mid-way through the video, I was still so confused as to what was happening, which seems silly thinking back now. I walked into the flat to see Ali dressed so smart and then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! Of course I said YES!!!!!!
It was all a bit of a blur after that moment with lots of smiles, a bottle of champagne popping and chatting about who knew and for how long. My poor dad had to keep it all a secret for nearly a full week, which must have been so hard for him to do! Haha.
After a few glasses of fizz, we got ready and facetimed our family & friends from home, then made our way into the city for a gorgeous meal at Movida. We actually need to go back for another visit soon.
If people ask if I was expecting anything, I would always reply I really hope it happens soon! We met at high school and have been together a long time so it was a very welcome surprise.
The Plans So Far…So far, we have booked our wedding venue, our band, catering and I have my dress (yay!!), So I am feeling pretty on track.
Anyway so I hope you enjoyed reading all about our engagement story! Would you like to read more about my wedding planning? Let me know in the comments below.