Yes, engaged! Happy 2016 to you all – I am starting the year with the very exciting news that Ste and I are engaged!
We wanted to wait until we had told all our friends and family in person about it over Christmas before I announced it on here, but Ste actually popped the question back in November. He woke me up early one morning with a cup of coffee and told me to get dressed warmly because we were going out. I immediately knew something was up because it was still dark outside and Ste doesn’t get up early at weekends without very good reason!
We wrapped up in coats and blankets and hopped into the car. We drove up to Castle Hill, a local monument with lovely views (you can see some nice pictures from my birthday blackberrying up there here) and got out of the car. It was barely light enough to see as we walked around the hillside to a bench with views down over the valley where our house is. Ste told me we had come to watch the sunrise, so we snuggled together and watched the sun doing its best to come up. It was very cold and windy so it felt like it took forever! As it finally burst over the horizon, Ste got down on one knee in front of me, and asked me to marry him. Embarrassingly my first reaction was to ask “Are you sure?!”. Of course he was, so I said yes! He then put my beautiful 1930s trilogy platinum and diamond ring on my finger (which I may have chosen myself a little while before on a romantic day out in York) and kissed me. And that was it – we were engaged! I kind of knew the proposal was coming, but even so, it was still a lovely surprise, and very romantic.
We spent the day on a lovely long dog walk, exploring a beautiful river valley and getting ourselves well and truly lost (and then found again), and then went for a celebratory dinner at the Olive Branch in Marsden, a stunning pub/restaurant with amazing food. We shared a terrine of local game as a starter, and then Ste had lobster and I had the famous local Slawit lamb, cooked two ways. It was absolutely amazing, and the wine was fabulous as well. I am secretly hoping we can start an anniversary tradition going there – it was a perfect evening. We barely had room for pudding but managed one anyway, and left feeling very merry, full, and in love.
And so now we’re engaged and will be getting married this summer, so there may well be a bit of wedding bloggery going on in the next year. We’re on quite a budget so I intend some crafty DIYs as well, though I may wait to share these until after the wedding, lest I give all my secrets away and ruin the element of surprise on the big day!
I am so pleased my old housemate Sarah had that spare ticket to see Muse back in October 2012 and invited a uni friend along who happened to be in town for a conference. Even though I was actually on a date with someone else that night(!), who could have known then I’d met my future husband?! It took us another six months to get together, but the following October, just a year after we met, he moved in with me, and in December 2014 we bought our first home together. In 2015 we were engaged, and now in 2016 we will be getting married, and I cannot wait for this next step in our adventure together!