8 Apr 2018

Our engagement story!

If you follow me on instagram, you'll know that last Friday Sam and I got engaged! So exciting! I know I am obsessed with engagement stories and blog posts so I thought I'd share mine.


The background - 
Sam and I have been together for about 5 1/2 years. We met at work about 6 years ago and for me it was love at first sight (have you seen his face?!). I was told a new member of staff wanted to talk to me and I was totally not in the mood to talk to anyone that day. I agreed to meet them anyway and Sam walked in to the room! I can't remember the conversation but can remember my feelings - it was very overwhelming! At the time, I was in the middle of a messy break up, so when he asked me out 3 times over the next 6 months I kept saying no! Although secretly I was totally smitten and couldn't wait to see him at work each week. 

In the September, we were working really closely together as he'd just got the same job as me, and I was giving him a 2 week induction. On the drive back from a late meeting one night he said "I'm hungry, are you?" and I said yes, so he swung into a GBK for dinner. That week we had our first official date at a Mexican restaurant called Coriander in Bournemouth (he later found out I hate the herb Coriander!). 

We now live together in Portsmouth, and as I keep banging on about, we're buying a house together in Bournemouth. We have our little dog Teddy and our old lady cat Button and have so much fun together. 

The engagement - 
On New Year's Eve we were doing our usual weekend routine, Sam was in the bath and I was sat in the bathroom chatting to him - he gets no peace. We were talking about what we wanted to do in 2018 and I thought I'd cheekily say I'd like to get engaged! We'd had a 6 month ban on me talking about weddings/engagements and I'd done a great job so thought I'd take my chance. To my shock, Sam said ok! He told me to choose my ring and let him know! 

I spent the next month doing lots of ring research, which I'll come back to in another blog post. I then sent him the link and tried to patiently wait! A few weeks later when we were staying at his Mum's, I woke up from a lie in and wondered downstairs. She grabbed me and shouted "congratulations!!!" and in my sleepy state I said "thanks... what for?". She said Sam had told her he was going to propose! A couple of months later and he did it...

This story follows on from my last blog post about a date night outfit, turns out that was my engagement night! We went out for dinner at Koh Thai in Southsea and I had those drinks. We then went to a pub on the way home for a pink wine! We walked to and from the restaurant so when we got back I was soaking wet from the rain. We put on our PJs and agreed to have a little nightcap before bed. I went downstairs and poured out two proseccos from the open bottle and walked back into the lounge. Sam came downstairs, got on one knee and said "Loz, will you marry me?". I squealed, grabbed the ring and jumped at him for a legs round the waist monkey hug. I don't think I even said yes! 

This was my tipsy, over-excited face straight after! 


On the Saturday we were seeing my parents, brother and his girlfriend and my Aunty and Uncle so I saved the news for 24 hours before telling anyone. It was really lovely to have that time together with our special news. We did all the normal Saturday things but as an engaged couple, the dog walk, going to McDonalds, cleaning the house! Going out for the dog was a good opportunity to take a lovely photo of the ring - it's so sparkly and distracting! I'll share more on the ring and specs in another post. It's away at the moment being resized - it fit but was half a size too small! 


On Sunday we told our friends and did the usual Facebook announcement. I hadn't realised but it was April Fools Day so I did have a few texts asking if it was true! Everyone has been so lovely and happy for us, it's been really exciting. Mum and Dad got us beautiful flowers and a balloon. 


We've also had lots of cards from family and friends, some gorgeous spring flowers and an amazing cushion to commemorate the date (Thanks B!)



So now begins the exciting and daunting opportunity to plan a wedding! Sam and I have been talking about what's important to us, such as a big party, casual and easy-going, bright colours, Spring time and lots of photos of everyone enjoying themselves (as my friends all know I'm a huge fan of photography and I'm always the annoying one with the camera at parties. It'll feel strange to leave that up to someone else!) We'd also like to be near the sea/beach as we've both grown up on the beach in Dorset over our summer holidays. We're really lucky we have lots of friends who recently got married so we have lots of inspiration and advice at hand if we want it. We also have supportive families to offer advice. We're spending the next couple of weeks exploring potential wedding venues and once we've found one or two we like, we'll probably take parents to have a look and get their input. 

If there are any Dorset brides, or anyone planning weddings, please let me know your top tips, great resources and recommendations
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