Pink Weddings Magazine Spring 2017 PinkWeddings SpringSummer 2017 | Page 29

SAm And JAmeS W e met through a dating app back in July 2013 and arranged to go for drinks in our local bar in Bromley. We ended up talking non-stop for more than four hours until the early hours of the next morning, and found we had a lot in common, from our mutual love of theatre and music to holiday destinations. Within the first two weeks of meeting, we had been on six dates – we knew we both liked each other and then became ‘official’. James proposed in July 2015. Having been out for the day he told me to drive a route that he had pre-planned – however I resisted at first, insisting I knew my own way home! James directed me towards a beautiful country house hotel situated in the depths of Ashdown Forest. While I had popped out earlier that morning, he had booked us in at the hotel and told them that he planned to propose. He also managed to pack a full overnight bag and put it in the car without me knowing. When we reached the hotel, James took me for a walk to the secret garden, within the grounds. I was just about to leave when he called me back. As I turned around, there he was – on one knee, asking me to marry him. I was totally shocked, and of course I said yes! We chose the classic countryside setting of Buxted Park Country House Hotel as our venue – a decision made the pink weddings magazine » 29