Three weeks ago today on Tuesday 1st March 2016, at around 9.45pm local time when we arrived at our holiday apartment in Cyprus, Ross got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. To say I was surprised was an understatement. We had discussed getting married a number of times in the past and over the last year or so I had resigned myself to the fact that he would propose when he was ready.
The day before was leap year day, 29th February, and on the Tuesday morning as we were laying in bed at the Travelodge in Crawley I discussed with Ross the fact that Anne at Raisie Bay had proposed to her partner after 12 years of him asking her! We both agreed that it was absolutely lovely. Ross then told me that his parents thought I might have done it on Leap Year Day. He knows me too well. I told him that I was old-fashioned and that this was the man’s job. He said that this is what he had told them!
Travelling through airport security, Ross coped really well. The box which the ring had come in was HUGE and so, too large to pack. Because of this, he had put the ring in a specially sealed envelope written on with the words ‘Please do NOT open – and if you HAVE to, don’t do it in front of Vicky!
Until that point, I had never travelled on a plane with Ross before and, considering my previous travel companions, Ross was wonderful. Very supportive, considerate and easy-going. When I told him that I had never had a window seat, he made sure that I got it 🙂
Arriving in Cyprus, we had a short wait for our transfer and then we were on our way to Fairmont Holiday Village in the North part of the island. We had to drive through another set of customs from the Greek to the Turkish side, finally arriving at our accommodation at 9.30pm (2 hours ahead of the UK). The owner showed us to Apartment 4 (Grace’s lucky number!) where we would be staying and told us that our meal would be waiting for us when we were ready.
A quick look around and we were ready to eat but as we left the apartment Ross said that he wanted to call his parents before he went over. I asked him why as we had planned to speak to Grace after dinner anyway, so we walked across to the restaurant.
Once we had sat down, Ross then made his excuses to go back to our apartment to use the bathroom – he didn’t leave me for long though and, when he returned, he asked me to step outside for a moment. He wanted to have a look around the grounds before we ate.
We arrived back on the balcony of our apartment and I can recall him saying that this would be fine. Then he got down on one knee, held out the ring and asked me to marry him. I paused for a moment – in a semi-state of shock! – and then through the tears of happiness, I said yes. We kissed to seal the deal and returned to the restaurant for our first meal as an engaged couple.
We ate a chicken caesar salad with savoury rice, chips and chicken shish kebab – and it was delicious. Ross then explained to me that the reason he went back to the apartment was because he had wanted to ring my mum and ask for her blessing before he proposed. Apparently he had texted her from the airport to say that he had wanted to call and she was a bit worried! I thought this was so very thoughtful – and so very Ross. He was also worried that I would not like the 18ct white gold ring set with a stunning diamond and that I could exchange it. I told him that there was no way I would do this. It was perfect and what made it even more special was that he had chosen it for me.
The ring is part of a collection called The Diamond Story. It comes with a booklet documenting the original rough crystal, through to the cutting and setting with photographs at every stage. Such a thoughtful keepsake.
Grace has wanted us to get married for so long now but over the past year she has sort of given up asking us! She was the first person that we wanted to tell so, after we had finished our dinner, we rang to tell her. As I did, she burst into tears of happiness. I had never heard a reaction like that from her before. She was over the moon and I know that the icing on the cake for her was when I asked her to be my bridesmaid and maid of honour. I cannot think of anyone better. Grace was with Ross’ parents who were also thrilled (and knew all about his plan!).
We are hoping that the wedding will be towards the latter part of 2017. Watch this space!