I have some exciting news to share: Mr 27 popped the question to his lovely lady on the weekend!
Yes, she’s wearing the ring on her right hand, as per her family (Greek) tradition – and she even gave our son a ring of his own, to mark the occasion!
Behind the Scenes
Turns out our boy has a strong romantic streak – like father, like son! – and he’s been busy planning the perfect proposal for months.
Inspired partly by my “Sentence A Day” blog posts, Mr 27 kept a journal from their very first date, to document their blossoming romance.
So for the proposal he created a very special book to keep all their treasured memories in.
And not just any book!
No, this was a book he made himself: right down to ordering and crafting the leather for the cover, dipping each page in a coffee solution for a sepia look, and then binding it all together by hand.
His plan was to share it with his lady over a special picnic, before getting down on bended knee.
However when he phoned various companies to help him stage the event, they were booked out until at least February!
Now that he’d made up his mind that this was definitely the girl for him, he didn’t want to wait any longer. Enter Plan B: a trip to Ikea to purchase all the props, and then tasking the husbear and I with setting the scene for the proposal.
What a privilege!
Mr 27 chose some fairly secluded parkland overlooking the bay, beneath a mango tree. Coincidentally, his grandparents had a strawberry farm on that exact spot back in the early 80’s!
At 5.30pm the husbear and I arrived and began to set up, much to the interest of people out walking or riding their bikes (stopping to chat with them all slowed things down a little, luckily we had plenty of time up our sleeve!).
We wrapped solar powered fairy lights around the tree, rolled out the rug and set up everything “just so”. Mr 27 had previously arranged everything in our home and we had photos to guide us; plus he phoned several times in the lead up just to make sure we could follow instructions 😉 .
The happy couple was due to arrive just after sunset, and he phoned us about ten minutes earlier, “to see if we were home”. That was code for: they were on their way, time to make ourselves scarce!
We walked a couple of hundred metres away until we were out of sight, and waited to make sure nobody messed things up … but we hid so well, we didn’t know when they arrived!
It was only when a woman out for a walk came past that we were able to flag her down and find out that yes, they had arrived, and the young lady was very excited and overwhelmed.
We headed home to await the happy news.
We had fun setting up and taking lots of photos before they arrived.
As for the pics of the happy couple themselves, they might have been staged the day after to get some better lighting 😉 .
Our hearts are overflowing, and it was a very happy occasion indeed when all the kids came over yesterday to celebrate. Miss 25 is pretty happy to have another (non-fur) sister (sorry Fleur!) at long last (she already has one sister-in-law)!
At this stage the wedding looks like it will be held towards the end of 2022 … My Big Fat Greek Wedding, here we come!!!!