Maddie Chester

The Proposal

Maddie Chester
The Proposal

Without a doubt the best moment of 2018 was the day Joel asked me to marry him.

It happened on Friday the 4th May of the bank holiday weekend. A few weeks before Joel said he had prepared a little pre Birthday surprise on that Friday before we were due to go down the Cornwall for the weekend. It’s quite like Joel to book lovely surprises and as it was going to be my 30th it didn’t feel unusual (i know i’m a lucky girl) for him to be really thoughtful so i didn’t think too much in to it. A few days before we were due to go down he told me that his surprise had fallen through and that we were going to go on a hot air balloon ride but they had called to say the wind wasn’t going to be right and it was called off. Under the pretence of getting down to Cornwall early to beat the traffic Joel said we should still go down on the Friday and maybe stop off in Bath for a picnic on the way down.

We got to Bath, bought some provisions and Joel led the way a beautiful field overlooking the city. While we were tucking in to our picnic and saying hello to the dogs that came to say hello out in the distance we started to see a hot air balloon rise up in the the air, followed by another and another. Soon enough there were 20 something balloons in the air. I started to suspect that the wind direction had nothing to do with us not going on the balloon ride.

Without wasting too much time Joel asked me to jump up so he could take some pictures…naturally not one to say no to a photo op I obliged. However it wasn’t a photo he was after but the answer to a very important question he asked knelt down on one knee. I SAID YES.

I cried, he smiled, we hugged, i screamed. It was perfect.

Bath has been a special place for us from the start. It was the first place Joel whisked me off to for a romantic mini break when we first got together and we’ve been back every christmas ever since as a little yearly tradition. I’m so happy he did it there. We’ve since been back to where he proposed and it’s so nice that we can go back there so easily and be reminded of such a wonderful moment.

After proposing he surprised me again and told me that we were actually staying in Bath and would be going down to Cornwall the next day. This was perfect as it meant we had time to be with each other and let the excitement sink in just the two of us. When people say getting engaged puts you in a sort of loved up bubble they are totally right. I just remember feeling utterly giddy and happy and in love with this wonderful man.

This was all 9 months ago so as you can imagine a lot of wedding plans are fully underway… more on that soon but for now here are a few snaps just before and after the proposal.