Darren and Kez
How We Met: Darren and I met in March 2011, it started off as an add from mutual friends on Facebook! Chatting online and Skyping eventually led to meeting up and we sat up talking from 5pm that day till 5am the next morning. I think I knew that day and from the unbelievable connection we had that he was the one. We were both so nervous because meeting someone for the first time is usually full of awkward silences, not knowing what to say. But from the second we got talking it felt like we had known each other forever. From that day we were totally inseparable.
How He Asked: In August 2013, Darren and I went to Egypt for the first time. We instantly fell in love with everything about it, the most beautiful paradise we could have ever imagined. It was an amazing an experience and we made some amazing memories. From that moment I thought it would be so magical and perfect to be engaged there. We spoke about returning but time passed and we never got around to booking a holiday. A few months ago us and Darren’s parents just spontaneously booked to go again in August which was so exciting just to go and relax for a week!
We arrived late on Tuesday the 25th, and spent the next day relaxing by the pool having cocktails. Although Darren suspiciously disappeared several times throughout the day, I didn’t think anything of it at the time. Our hotel had a beautiful tower that you can walk to the top of and overlook Sharm, so he took me up there and told me at 5:30pm on set days the hotel served cocktails and brought them to the tower. I found this a little strange because there’s not a lot up there! But gullible me went along with it.
We went to our room to get ready and he kept saying we definitely had to be there at 5:30, and also spontaneously disappeared a few more times. He literally paced around the room for half an hour while I got ready, I am obviously the most gulliable person ever because I still had no idea anything was up. So off we went and he kept insisting I walked in front of him because I was in heels, incase I fell backwards or tripped walking up the stairs.
We eventually got to the top and I walked in to find a beautiful table set up in the middle with cocktails and a huge bunch of roses. Our holiday rep and a hotel waiter were there, the waiter pulled out a seat for me to sit down, I was surprised but still thought deep down we were going to have a romantic dinner! As I went to sit, Darren said “hold on..” And I turned around to find him on one knee. I instantly started to cry just out of pure joy and shock. He took my hand and said “I want you to know how much I love you, that I would do anything in the world for you, and I wanted to wait to propose to you the perfect way in Egypt like you’ve always wanted.. Will you marry me?”
Of course I said yes through all the tears and shaking! Our rep was recording and taking pictures the entire time.
We sat down and he explained that he gave his mum the ring to keep safe the whole time so I wouldn’t suspect anything. He also wanted me to walk in front of him so I wouldn’t see the ring box in his pocket! All the spontaneous disappearing acts throughout the day were arranging the flowers and beautiful setup and having someone take photos.
He wanted to propose on the first day of our holiday so we could have all that precious time together just soaking it in! I have never felt more lucky or special in my entire life, knowing I’m marrying a man who values me so much and is so thoughtful and caring will bring me joy and happiness forever. It was the happiest day of my life and we are so excited to start this next chapter of our life together.