The Big Question
Nathan and I first met when I was sixteen and he was eighteen. The night he proposed we were going out for dinner to celebrate our seventh anniversary, so some would say it was a long time coming but it was a total surprise!
His parents picked up and gave us a lift to the restaurant but we were early so we went for a drink in a nearby bar and Nathan spent most of the time in the toilet but I didn't think anything of it. Eventually, we went around to the restaurant, which was really expensive so I wasn't sure if I should order wine. Much to my surprise a bottle of champagne was brought over. Still nothing clicked. Nathan returned to the toilet again! soon I would find out that this was because the ring box was too big for his trouser pocket so he had been moving it around so I wouldn't notice.
We began drinking the champagne and looking through the menu when Nathan started this speech about being together for seven years, he sat back in his seat and reached into his pocket. It all just clicked! He came around the table and got down on one knee. The tears rolled down my face with happiness, I was thrilled and obviously said Yes!
When I asked why he had chosen that moment he said he wouldn't be able to eat his dinner if her had waited till dessert.
There were lots of lovely things that went on behind the scenes; Nathan had the ring custom made locally and had taken my mam out to ask her permission before. However, I wasn't happy that he let me go out in a new dress that was £19.99!
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A Big Question
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