Posted in: Perfect Proposals On: January 14, 2015
Today on *Wonderful Wedding Wednesdays* we have another lovely proposal story *A View, A Valley and A Very Happy Couple*
* Who: Ruth and Dave
* Where: The Chiltern Valley Winery, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
* When: July 2014
* Their Story: Ruth and Dave met at the ‘End of the Road’ musical festival at Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset in 2012 via a mutual friend.
* The Proposal: Dave and Ruth had enjoyed a wonderful week away celebrating Dave’s mum’s birthday on a cruise in Norway. They had already discussed not getting engaged there, as they didn’t want to take away from the birthday celebrations.
Ruth stated, “The cruise was restful, peaceful and tranquil and would have been the perfect setting if Dave had asked. Dave was disappointed that he hadn’t brought the ring and proposed in Norway with the breathtaking views.”
The week after they had returned from Norway, Dave and Ruth embarked on one of their favourite walks at The Chiltern Valley Winery. It was a very special place for them both, as it was one of the first places they had visited in early stages of their relationship.
Ruth added, “It’s a beautiful walk with a bench and stunning views over the valley”.
The engagement hadn’t been on Ruth’s mind and Dave had been very clever by bringing their SLR camera with them in the bag, in which he hid their Ipad and the engagement ring. This was all part of Dave’s thoughtful proposal…
“Dave pulled out the ipad and had put together a collage of all of our photos. Whilst that was on, he got the engagement ring out and after it had finished, he got down on one knee and proposed. I cried! ”
What a lovely proposal! They continued their walk into the winery and bought some celebratory sparkling wine.
* The Groom’s Take: Watch this space, as we have a special feature on this next Wednesday!
* The Unsuspicious Bride: Ruth and Dave had discussed getting engaged before the proposal had actually happened and they had selected the engagement ring together before the proposal took place. Ruth added,
“Even though we had the ring and we had talked about it, it was a surprise!”
* Proposal Love: Ruth said, “I loved how thoughtful and special Dave’s proposal was.”
* The Engagement Ring: Ruth wanted something “special and different” for her engagement ring and they both went engagement ring shopping together. Dave wanted to get it right as the engagement ring is something that Ruth would be wearing for the rest of her life. They had visited a number of antique shops, including Grey’s Antiques just off Bond Street. They chose the engagement ring together from John Joseph before the proposal took place.
Ruth adored the idea of having an antique engagement ring with its heritage,
“I love that there is a story behind the ring and it had a totally different life before it”
Dave then took the engagement ring and hid this before he proposed. Ruth’s beautiful antique art deco diamond ring is just stunning and *Sparkle Pearls and Lace* are swooning over this sparkle! Ruth will be sharing her real bride advice in our engagement ring feature soon.
* Describe the proposal in 3 words: “Totally unique and very us” – Sorry it’s not three!
* Announcement of the Engagement: Thirty minutes after Dave proposed to Ruth, they phoned Ruth’s parents to tell them the happy news. Dave had already asked them for their blessing, which is a really lovely touch. Only an hour later and the news had spread, as Dave and Ruth were receiving congratulatory emails from Ruth’s family, whom had been informed by Ruth’s very excited mum. As Dave’s parents were close by, they decided to visit them and announce the happy news in person, complete with bubbles. Dave’s sister, who lives in USA, was back and so was able to hear the news first hand, which meant such a lot to Dave and Ruth. Ruth’s brother lives in Japan and so they told him over Skype, which was really lovely for them. They then phoned their closest friends and Ruth asked her bridesmaids to do the honour. They decided to not announce their engagement on social media, as lots of their friends and Dave himself is not on Facebook and they wanted to make a conscious effort to tell people personally.
* Reactions to the Engagement: All of Dave’s and Ruth’s friends were incredibly excited for them!
* Celebration of the Engagement: Dave and Ruth had an engagement dinner at Cornucopia Bistro in Windsor, in which they brought both sets of their friends together.
* Best Thing about Being Engaged: “Being able to think about the future and knowing that we are a good team and work well together. Marriage was always something we both wanted, as we have had such good examples of marriage from our parents. We are really excited about the wedding and being able to celebrate our love with each other with family and friends. It is the start of our next chapter.”
*Remembering the Proposal: Dave and Ruth put their engagement photos in a photo frame and Ruth added, “Photos of my ring featured in the photos a lot”. They also have a collage of engagement cards and they will put their wedding cards in.
* What Sparkle Pearls and Lace love about this: What a stunning view for saying ‘I Do’! We love the location of the Chiltern Wine Valley and even more so, that it was somewhere so special to Dave and Ruth. It must have brought back very special memories from the start of their relationship together. We absolutely adore and are completely in love with Ruth’s spectacular antique engagement ring – something fit for royalty!! We also love the reasoning behind Dave and Ruth’s joint engagement ring shopping and how Dave wanted to get it so right. *Sparkle Pearls and Lace* certainly thinks this proposal is utterly charming and we shall look forward to hearing more about it next week with ‘The Groom’s Take’.
*Next week | The Groom’s Take on this*