9.1 We’re Engaged!


I got the best Christmas present I could have ever wanted this Christmas… my wonderful, gorgeous other half for the rest of my life 🙂 Could not be happier!

I can’t believe it’s been nearly five years that we’ve been together and yet it’s hard to remember life before him. I’ve loved my life with him in the UK these past two and a half years, and although I occasionally miss home, it was the best decision I ever made moving across the ocean for the love of my life.

On December 23rd he whisked me away to the peak district (my favourite place in the world). We’d visited Derbyshire in August 2015 just after I moved here and I was completely amazed with how immensely stunning it was; pictures cannot capture the magic of this place.



We walked up the same peak as two years ago, though this time around was slightly more treacherous with the strong gusts of wind and the mud! But the view was so worth it. He tried to get me to come closer to the edge of the peak like last time but I was afraid we were going to blow right over! I said tomorrow’s papers would read “couple literally swept off their feet!”

My better half said some sweet things, gave me a good kiss and went down on one knee. He asked me to marry him on the top of the mountain and I said “Of course I will!”



It took us about two million years to get down because the hill was so wet and muddy and slippery but we met a family on their way up and they took this photo of us. It took about 10 minutes of slipping around to get into position!


I was really happy that he chose such a special and meaningful place to ask me to spend my life with him. I couldn’t have asked for more.

I joked with him that I passed the fitness test! A lifetime together is really good motivation for climbing mountains. He chose a beautiful ring filled with Canadian diamonds which was really thoughtful. Unfortunately it is a LOT too big so we’ve had to send it back to Canada to get remounted on a smaller band and it will be 9 weeks til I can wear it again. He says he’ll get me a Haribo ring in the meantime 😉

Afterwards we drove again through the gorgeous ravine below and marveled at the grassy, rocky peaks. Then we stayed the night at the Doubletree where we were greeted with cookies and spent some time in the pool and hot tub before heading out for dinner.


We had a lovely Christmas with his family which was filled with congratulations and snuggles and so much food and a champagne toast.

We’ve already booked in our wedding date in a year and a half’s time at the other most beautiful place in the world; a beautiful garden with my favourite, antiquated cathedral as the backdrop. It is the spot we happened upon during our anniversary two years ago and which we said on that evening would make a beautiful place for a wedding.

I can’t believe I get to marry the man of my dreams in the place I’ve been dreaming of since we stumbled upon this enchanted spot. I am overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude. This person has changed my world in the best possible way and I can’t wait for a lifetime of love and adventures with my husband by my side.



My post from our anniversary two years ago: https://ldr13.wordpress.com/tag/couple-who-have-closed-the-distance/

How did your proposal happen? 🙂

Wishing all of you romantics out there so much happiness! X