Okay, it’s been a few weeks since I last posted so let me tell you, I have literally only had a moment to myself to sit and write this now. Obviously, we are well within the festive swing of things and I am writing this fuelled on spiced rum and coke because…It’s the holidays and I can. So here goes…
The past 3 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. I’ve been incredibly busy at work gearing up for an end of year event and making sure everything was finalised before I left on 16th December to give myself some well deserved time off over Christmas. It’s been a long year albeit a good one but that will come later in a separate reflection post because this one is dedicated to something else. If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or snapchat you will have been very aware that I was excited about our final adventure of the year to Barcelona.
As part of Ben’s birthday present, I got him tickets to the Barcelona v. Espanyol match and so we flew out on the Saturday 17th and back home on the Monday 19th for a nice long weekend in my favourite city. We stayed in an incredible hotel located right on La Rambla which made for a perfect opportunity for a spot of Christmas shopping and killing two birds with one stone for our little Christmas market tradition.
For those of you who don’t know, I love Barcelona. It is my favourite place on earth (so far) and holds a special place in my heart (being the sentimental saddo that I am!) because a little over four years ago, Ben and I had our first holiday there and it was in a particular place where he first said those three little words. It couldn’t have been more perfect and I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat for the rest of our stay back in 2012. Well, four years later on Saturday 17th December, we were back and we decided to revisit the Montjuiic Magic Fountains for good measure, the place where our little love story began and little to my knowledge was that place going to mean more to me than it did already.
After a long day travelling, exploring the gothic quarter and eating too much tapas, we headed on out in our finery on what I presumed to just be a date night courtesy of Mr C for being such an awesome girlfriend and we took a walk right to the top to take in the view. Word of advice, do not wear Louboutins in Barcelona… Ouch! After all those steps in all that heel the view of the light show wasn’t as good so we made our way (slowly) back down and found a quiet spot before Ben reminded me that this was the place, four years ago that he first told me he loved me and we enjoyed a bit of a smooch before my eyes returned back to the spectacle. He turned me round and there he was, down on one knee, ring box open in hand and asking if I would marry him! It was the perfect setting, to be asked the most important question of my life in that moment had me speechless, literally.
I could not believe it. Of course I cried, I was shaking and it took a moment to register that this was really happening to me. After what must have felt like a lifetime for Ben, I said YES!
My face was hurting from smiling so much, I was worried about mascara eyes and I just wanted to shout out from the roof of the National Art Museum that we were engaged. I have never felt as happy or excited as I do now and especially when in that moment.
We rang my dad (who already knew because Ben had asked him), his mum (who already knew too), my friends Heather (who also knew) and Hannah (who again, also knew!) and then we went off to celebrate with champagne and a nice 10 course tasting menu at a place called Agusti (which was amazing and I’ll be putting that in my overall Barcelona review).
Every so often, I almost get ‘flashbacks‘ of the moment it happened. It makes me smile and tear up. I think I’m still in shock that I’m going to marry this man. The guy who turned my world around 4 1/2 years ago. The person who makes me feel so lucky each morning when I wake up next to him. The way I feel is indescribable.
My ring is stunning and I couldn’t have chosen better than myself (insert generic ‘boy done good’ here) but in all fairness, he really, really did. It’s a rose gold, shoulder set ring with a crystal clear diamond glistening back at me. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to get started with planning our special day!
I cannot get over the amount of love and well wishes we have received from our friends, family and even some brands I have worked with. Thank you all so much. We are truly elated and can’t wait to start this next chapter. I am busy pinning on Pinterest do feel free to follow along on there to take a peek at my potential wedding ideas!
Thanks again to everyone who congratulated, sent cards and for all the fizz! I wish you a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2017, mine will now be filled with all things wedding planning. Leave me a comment below if you would be interested in seeing how my plans progress…