I'm very lucky in my job that sometimes I get the opportunity to do things that would normally be difficult to do or way out of our price range and Saturday 12th November 2011 was one of those occasions.
I had organised a once in the lifetime trip on the Northern Belle by Venice-Simplon Orient Express as a fundraiser. The train went from Hull to Edinburgh and Luke and I were all set to go in September along with a few more of my colleagues. Unfortunately our "staff" carriage didn't pass it's MOT and instead they upgraded us all to a trip from Leeds to London Christmas Shopping and so by 6am on Saturday 12th November I found myself Bellini cocktail in hand being whisked away on a day to remember.
Looking back Luke must have looked nervous but as I was none the wiser of his upcoming proposal, I assumed he was hungover. His reluctance to tuck into the amazing 4 course breakfast and frequent trips up the train to the bathroom had sent the alarm bells ringing and my mind drifted back to the Gluwine and Amaretto's we had been drinking the night before at the German Christmas Market. Wonderful I thought, what a waste - he'll probably be asleep soon!
The champagne cocktails continued to flow and soon we were onto our final breakfast course when suddenly I heard loud cheering behind me and diagonally across the aisle I could see our friends gasp open mouthed as they could see what I couldn't, a steward walking towards us with a large red pillow and on top a ring box.
Suddenly Luke was on one knee next to me and once it had dawned on me and my shocked friends that the person the ring was coming for was me he calmly told me a string of beautiful things and asked me to marry him. And as you are visiting our wedding website I'm sure you can work out my answer was yes!
I must say he really surprised me as he had it all planned with the Train Manager ahead of time and he also sought out and bought the ring I said I liked almost 12 months before!
It was a fantastic day with even more free champagne from the staff on the train, lunch at the Ivy in London and shopping in Harrods. I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect!