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Our engagement story...

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

Mr and Mrs Mexico holiday
A pre-children photo of us in Mexico

So there's one human I've not introduced you to yet. It's my wing man, technical manager and husband Tom. We've been together since 2009, he's worked in logistics for 12 years, but recently decided we both needed a shift in lifestyle and maybe the 9 to 5 isn't all its cracked up to be. So now we work together, sharing the work, but also sharing the childcare, the housework and everything in between.

We got engaged back in 2014, but it wasn't the smooth engagement he had planned... here's the story.

I was one of those annoying girlfriends who hinted about getting engaged even though it was clearly part of his plan. 🙈 So he had to hatch a plan that would take me off the scent. Now I used to hate valentines day, to me it was a load of hallmark tosh that makes us spend money, so getting engaged on valentines day would be a big no no for me. I know I was a bit of a snob back then!! So what better way to surprise me than book a night away at The Bath Priory Hotel on their valentines weekend. 7 course taster menu, spa, insanely beautiful room. It was awesome. But there's no way Tom would propose on Valentines... he knows I'd have hated that 🙃

I'm at work and packing up my desk for the weekend, when one of my colleagues says 'you know he's going to propose this weekend, don't you?' I immediately replied 'no he knows me better than that', and I didn't think about it again.

couple dancing at a wedding. Hands in the air
Neil Pollock Photography

We get all dressed up for dinner and head down to the bar for a little G&T. Then it's time for the most incredible meal with wine flight (a glass of wine with every course 😮). It was a really memorable lovely evening. After another drink in the bar, we stumbled back up to our room. I've got to admit I was a little worse for wear by this point (attractive). We're sat on the bed and he says a load of lovely things to me, none of which I can remember, well because 🍷🍸🍹🍺🥃 🙈 and simply pops the question there and then. I was honestly in complete shock and I think this was the best part of my plan. I always wanted to be surprised, and well he nailed it. It was a really romantic, personal moment just the two of us. I didn't even notice that he was proposing without a ring. He'd gone to collect it just before picking me up from work and his card had declined (despite there being plenty of money in the account). There wasn't time to arrange another method of payment. He was going to cancel his plan altogether, but his mum convinced him to do it anyway, saying 'Emily won't care if there's no ring' she was right. I couldn't have cared less. We went to the branch in Bath the next morning and collected the ring from there instead. I loved his choice of a single solitaire and still do. It's classic and simple.

Valentines bedroom The Priory Hotel, Bath
Our room at The Priory Hotel - hard to believe I didn't see the engagement coming isn't it!!

If I had written down what I thought I wanted when it came to proposal, I actually think I'd have got it wrong. I'd have guessed and not been in the slightest bit surprised and would have ruined it for myself. So thank you Tom for knowing me better than I know myself.

Tom's now in charge of revamping our website (watch this space), making the client experience smoother and marketing us. Wish us luck in running this business together. 🙏

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Emily x

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