20 July 2017

We're Engaged!


The last few weeks have been... A whirlwind!

The end of June saw us escape for a week to our second home; the beautiful Greek island of Corfu. After a busy and stressful few months, with Mr Maggie May tackling a new job, and me battling the Black Dog, we definitely deserved a few days of rest and relaxation.

From the moment we arrived in the airport, I turned off my phone. No texts, no emails, no WhatsApp, and no social media; I was determined to be truly 'unplugged' for the first bit of the holiday {Apologies to those friends and family members who I did not inform of this decision, and therefore probably thought me to be a little rude...}

Just me, Mr Maggie May, and my lovely parents. The four of us soaked up the sunshine, read our books, dipped our toes in the sea and, by night, sipped on cocktails and devoured spanakopita and dolmades like they were going out of fashion.

It did us all the world of good.

On the penultimate day of our holiday, as I snoozed on the beach with my arm lazily draped across Mr MM's belly, I sleepily asked him if we'd ever get married. It was then he told me that he'd actually been planning on proposing this holiday, but hadn't yet found the right time... So how about now?!

After a lot of gasps and 'No, this isn't happening - this CAN'T be happening!' from me, he popped the question. And of course I said yes!

That afternoon we tracked down my parents in the local beach bar, and told them our wonderful news. With Mama Maggie May in floods of tears, my dad ordered a bottle of Prosecco, and we all toasted our new future together. I didn't stop smiling for one second.

The next few hours flew by as we phoned the rest of our family, and I excitedly sent messages to my closest friends. Having been together for over 7 years, some of our loved ones had been desperate for us to tie the knot for some time... {Mum and Nan, I'm looking at you two in particular.}

After watching the sun set with caipirinhas in our hands, we went to the jewellers owned by a family my dad has known for years. We walked in with entirely open minds, not thinking of specific designs or cuts, when we both spotted it glinting in the window.

A beautiful, old-fashioned design {very me}, with a sparkling white sapphire, surrounded by smaller white sapphires, and with a few more set in the 14 carat gold band. We both fell in love with it straight away.

Since we returned home, it has been amazing. We've received such lovely cards, messages and gifts from our family, friends and colleagues {and you lot!} We have both been touched and pleasantly surprised by how much celebration this has caused, and are so incredibly excited to become Mr and Mrs.

We've already thrown ourselves into wedding planning, as we're both pretty keen to get going with the I do's. I can't wait to share some of the adventure with you all on here, but I also promise not to become completely wedding-orientated. My sister-in-law to-be {haha!} warned me about becoming obsessive over chair covers and sugared almonds, so I am determined not to become a boring bride-to-be.

Having said that, I would LOVE your recommendations for wedding blogs and websites, and particularly wedding suppliers in the South West please! I'm in that gorgeous phase of pinning absolutely everything I can think of, and would be very grateful for any inspiration or words of wisdom you can send my way. You know where to find me!

P.S. The utterly beautiful engagement card featured at the top of this post was produced my incredibly talented friend - follow her on Instagram to see more of her stunning work!

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