Our engagement story (& a little wedding update)

I can’t believe how quickly our wedding is coming up. It always seemed like it was ages away, we had so many other weddings to go to before ours, but now there is only one more wedding and then the countdown really is on!

Planning a wedding is stressful. Really stressful. People told me it would be but I thought, nah, it’ll be fun! I’m sure others have managed to successfully plan a stress-free wedding (if you did, please teach me your ways) but I’m really struggling!

The big things are sorted – the church, the reception venue, my dress, the guest list (which was, hands down, the most difficult and frustrating part!) and the food and drink. It’s really the little things now that I want to get done.

It seems like forever ago since we got engaged, although so much has happened since then that it’s no wonder time has flown! I thought I’d share our engagement story though as I haven’t shared it on here, but it’s a story that makes me so happy!

Every year we have been together, we have gone away on a long weekend together in January, it ties in with our anniversary and as Sam’s birthday is just before Christmas, it always gives us something to look forward to after all the festivities of December.

For Sam’s 30th birthday, I wanted to take him away somewhere, and so after a lot of saving and planning, I booked a trip to New York. I had planned not to tell him until we got to the airport, but I got far too excited and told him on his birthday. I wanted the trip to be amazing so I had already booked a few things to do when we were there – Aladdin on Broadway, a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, a trip up the Rockefeller and a day pass for a gym/spa.

Our anniversary was on Wednesday 13th Jan, and we were going to see Aladdin that night. On the Wednesday morning he suggested going for a walk around Central Park. I wanted to go, but it was around -7degrees and no matter how many jumpers I had on, I just didn’t feel warm! However, I thought it would be quite romantic for our anniversary and it was a beautiful day, in spite of the cold, so off we went.

We walked through the park, and Sam suggested going to Gapstow Bridge as it has a lovely view of the city. He also loves Home Alone, so for fans of the films, it’s the bridge where the Pigeon Lady is (that reference was lost on me). We headed there, and took some photos of the city on the bridge. A few people were walking past but the park was really quiet – oddly very few people fancied a stroll in those temperatures! I started to continue our walk but Sam was kind of hovering, so I took a couple of photos over the bridge, and then turned around to see where he was.

He was down on one knee. I just remember being REALLY confused and asked him what he was doing. He had out the most beautiful ring, and asked me to marry him.

It was absolutely perfect. He’d called my parents the night before to ask their permission, which I loved. We called our families, but otherwise we kept the news to ourselves for a bit, we just wanted to enjoy it together 🙂

We had originally wanted to get married later that year…however four days later we found out Dougie was on the way, so we decided to wait until after Dougie was born, that way he could be part of our day!

So now, nearly two years after we got engaged, the wedding is just a few weeks away…!

  • Awww so lovely! Good luck for the wedding, I’m sure all the stress will pay off! 🙂

  • Steph – Wanderlust Pulse

    So exciting that it is now so soon! Although it’s stressful right now, it’ll all be worth it and you will have an amazing day!

    Steph x

  • Sarah Pears

    Awww that was a beautiful story! So romantic! Bet you’re getting so excited for the big day! Hehe <3 <3

    Sarah xxx

  • Ellis Woolley

    Oh my goodness I smiled throughout this entire post! Such a cute story and is it odd that I admired the fact you had your nails painted such a beautiful colour to go with your brand new engagement ring?! :’) the photo of the two of you at the end is so lovely…seeing you so wrapped up is also making me crave the winter and big thick clothes! x x
    Ellis // http://www.elliswoolley.co.uk

    • Ahhh thank you lovely! I had literally painted my nails that morning, such good timing! I know, I love snuggly jumpers and thick knitted scarves (although I was still absolutely freezing in that photo!) xxx

  • This is the kind of post where the reader would smile–not just with the lips but the heart too.

    Such a lovely story–and so happy for you on your engagement! x


  • What a sweet engagement story ☺️ I can’t imagine being proposed to anywhere more romantic than on a crisp morning walk in New York! And finding out Dougie was on the way a few days later must have made it even more special! <3

    Blushing Lately

  • Food & Baker

    Omg this is adorable! Such a beautiful story – such an exciting time for you and we both you you the best!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

  • Ah Hels, I’m so excited for you! This is the most gorgeous engagement story, I’d bloody love to get engaged in New York hahaha! xxx