I have just returned from my wedding where I said 'I do' to my wonderful boyfriend of 9 years. We had the most amazing day and I am a little sad that it is all over, but it did get me reminiscing on my own proposal and I thought I would share my story with you.
In December 2012, Tom (now my husband) whisked my away to New York for a week that I will never forget.
It all started with a surprise limousine ride from the airport to the grand Waldorf Astoria, a favourite of mine after the movie 'Maid in Manhattan'. After arriving at our suite, overlooking the Chrysler building we headed out to Central Park where I was taken to the beautiful Bow Bridge and handed a small box. I opened the lid to find two white porcelain turtle doves. Not exactly a diamond ring but I melted when I read the note attached and discovered that these were a direct replica from the movie 'Home Alone', another personal favourite of mine.
Disappointed I didn't have a ring but realising I was with the most romantic man on the planet, we spent the next few days' ice skating around Central Park and the Rockefeller Centre and dining in amazing restaurants. New York really was living up to everything I expected it to.
Towards the end of the trip we had a night at the theatre booked to see my favourite musical 'Wicked'. Our evening started with champagne and strawberries in our suite. We then headed to one of the most famous Italian restaurants in Manhattan as I love Italian food. We had an amazing time watching the musical and on our way back to the hotel, Tom suggested a quick walk around Central Park, exhausted I reluctantly agreed. The park was so dark and empty, we walked for a few minutes and as I looked ahead I could see the grand Gapstow Bridge covered in candles. With the candles and the backdrop of a lit up Manhattan he FINALLY got down on one knee and presented me with the most beautiful ring before heading to the Plaza for champagne.
The following morning I received an envelope in my hotel room which contained the photographs of the two main characters from the musical with their congratulations and autographs- magical.
Upon returning home I discovered that Tom had actually arranged for part of Central Park to be closed to visitors as he knew I would hate onlookers.
When I think about that proposal it really was everything I dreamed it would be and more. He had thought long and hard about all the things I loved and incorporated that into a truly unforgettable experience.
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