Wednesday, 24 February 2016


 How to propose...A Celebrant in France with some more ideas.

Nearly there...the 29th is looming ever nearer for those who have decided to make a Leap Year proposal to their beloved...( who should have proposed on Valentine's Day!!)

So here is a round up of some more of my favourite proposals...

I loved the groom who told me that he had planned the proposal so carefully - it was to be on a small Greek island, silvery sand, the sound of gentle waves lapping the shore - champagne, ready to be popped, in the picnic basket - and then the stunning sunset and the proposal.

It was all going to plan - a lovely warm, cloudless evening and just them on the beach. Just them on the beach? At sunset...? Unusual he wondered...It was then he realised that they were on the wrong side of the island to see the sun setting...

But he went ahead, it was still perfect and yes, she said yes...





See original imageOne of my brides told me that her groom surprised her with his proposal: she had arrived home from a winter's evening run - she was exhausted, hot, sweaty, covered in mud and unattractively 'rosy'. As she opened the door she saw a trail of candles leading upstairs ...she thought there had been a power cut - but then she saw the trail of rose petals too ...they led to the bedroom where her beloved was on one knee, champagne poured and ready...(she and I sensed a girlfriend's hand in the romance of that one...)

Of course she said yes....




See original imageAnd finally, for this Leap Year, I liked the proposal on the bridge in Amsterdam. It was Christmas Eve and very busy on the bridge when the groom hurled himself to one knee proffering the ring - and, of course, himself...cyclists stopped, car horns hooted and as the bride said yes and he stood, a firework went off ...

The bride was thrilled at his planning - he winked at me as she told it...the firework was pure serendipity. 

It's nearly Spring - have a good year whether you propose or not...




Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Memorable proposals - the sharks were not planned...

We expect a relationship to hit a rough patch occasionally - but a shark infested sea as part of the proposal...?

I promised some inspirational tips from my favourite proposals before Valentine's Day - or February 29th if you have thoughts of a Leap Year proposal. Already the 9th - so here is the second...

Sunset over the sea at Cap Feret

So, this lovely couple, he a marine biologist and she a keen surfer were on their way to Australia, where he had been offered a job and they had planned to spend six weeks in Indonesia en route – and he had decided that would be when he would propose… but the time had never been quite right…

After they had been in Australia for a year, he made a plan! He would take her to an amazing place for Christmas and that would be where he would propose and so it was that a trip to Fiji was organised. 

That Christmas Day dawned and they had an awesome morning surfing and then diving.

It was certainly memorable they told me – the boat, which had taken them out, broke down and they ended up having to paddle a long, and with sharks known to be in the area, scary two kilometres back to shore.

Romantic? Not really...

However, later that evening, groom-to-be, not to be put off this time, made an excuse to leave the table while they were having dinner and quickly laid out flowers and candles in a semi-circle near their little hut.   


After dinner, he told her he wanted to show her something – she remembered that after that day she was not really up to ‘seeing a marine species of something or other’ but went somewhat dutifully along – and, to her shock and delight saw the candles, the flowers – and then him down on one knee! 

She says her reaction to the shock was, to his horror, laughter – followed by a ‘yes’…

The experience did not put them off the ocean - and they got married in France, at the beautiful Villa la Tosca, down on the beach, near Cap Feret.


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