romance in March - a wedding proposal

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

To me, March is a month for romance. Light the candles, pop the bubbles and dim the lights... I met my husband in March, was proposed to in March and last year got married in March. 

Since starting this blog I've shared a lot about my wedding, and I've also shared how I fell in love - through a year of letters. Since it's currently my favourite month for romance, today I'm going to share how hubby and I came to be engaged...

A tour of Venice

We got engaged in Venice in March 2012. Hubby secretly bought my engagement ring while on a business trip to the USA earlier in the year. He was armed and ready to pop the question, but where and when? 

One month later, feeling rather tired and miserable after running for an hour through Hyde Park in a last-ditch effort to train for a half marathon I casually suggested a break away to celebrate our efforts. "How about a city break to Venice to celebrate crossing the finish line?" (Yep, always an excuse to fit in more travel.)

Hubby was keen. So keen in fact he offered to do all the planning. 

On arrival at Venice airport, a Limousine boat was waiting to pick us up. We went on a private tour of Venice’s canals, before checking in to a suite overlooking the Rialto Bridge on Grand Canal. 

Venice canals

By this point I was slightly confused, “this isn't the hotel we booked!”. 

Hubby -“I wanted to surprise you with an early anniversary present”. 

So we spent the weekend visiting galleries, strolling along the canal, eating super-rich Italian food, taking pictures and shopping...

Venice, Italy

On our last evening we retired to our fancy hotel room, opened a bottle of pink champagne (all pre-planned by the amazing hubby), and hubby proposed a toast. 

A toast that ended up on one knee holding a ring.  

Engagement ring

You know the rest...

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19 comments

  1. Ahh what a sweet story, March really is your month of love.

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  2. That`s such a sweet engagment story! Love the photos, Venice is one of my favourite places I have ever visited.

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  3. Ahh lovely. I love hearing engagement stories. Gorgeous ring :)

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    1. Thanks Sammy. Was very proud of hubby for choosing such a great ring with zero input from me!

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  4. So sweet! Venice (and your pictures) are all gorgeous! But not nearly as gorgeous as that ring! Love it! :) (Found you today via the WW linkup!)

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    1. Thanks Halie. Come back and visit again :)

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  5. Oh, that's so sweet!!! What a wonderful story ;) And the ring, the photos... all so beautiful!

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  6. Claire, this is absolutely magical!!!!! And your ring--swoon!

    Amy | Club Narwhal

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    1. Thanks Amy. Funny thing is - when he actually proposed my first response wasn't 'yes'. it was 'is it real?' (meaning the ring). lol

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  7. What a sweet story! And that RING! Ah, so gorgeous!!

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  8. Thanks for sharing this. Those are some beautiful photographs to match such a beautiful story :) x

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  9. I also love hearing engagement stories and yours is so sweet! x

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  10. This is amazing :) I love hearing about your love life, I'm just too nosey. Why aren't I engaged :( hahaha

    xx

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    1. Ha ha - sometimes I wonder if I share too much. And then I think 'what the hell. you only live once!'

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  11. What a romantic proposal - there's really something about Venice I think! I'm still yet to go there but it sounds lovely!

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  12. awwww I got chills! That is SO romantic and sweet!!

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  13. Hi, Clare. I live in the USA and my friend is going to "Hyper Japan" . I was looking it up when I found your blog. I love your blog. Thank you for sharing your beautiful proposal. Many years ago I was a wedding planner and it will always be part of my life. Thank you. I will be visiting often.

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    1. No, thank you. Your comment just made my day :) Glad you love my blog. Do let me know if you have a blog I can check out too.

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