I hope everyone had a very happy Christmas and will have a very happy New Year. I certainly did as my lovely boyfriend is now my lovely fiancé. After a very beautiful and teary proposal on the beach in Cornwall on Christmas Day, we've fallen head first into wedding planning.
While I promise not to be crazy about it, I should imagine that some wedding planning will leak into Carina100.co.uk. Like it already has with my Pinterest - whoops! If you'd like to see what is inspiring me along the long road to weddingville, you can check out my wedding inspiration Pinterest board here.
Needless to say, I'm stupidly happy and excited, and while I've already repeated the proposal story about 100 times, 101 won't hurt. So how did Mark do it? It was Christmas day and we were with both our families in Cornwall, it was after presents and before a very late Christmas lunch, Mark suggested that we go for a walk on the beach. I was very surprised that none of the family tried to come too, but still didn't know what was to come. We walked through the very picture-perfect village of Kingsand (below) down towards the seafront, which was all but deserted, and as we neared the rocks someone was suddenly down on one knee!! I won't go into too much detail, as those special words were just for me, but there was lots of excited screaming and happy tears.
As Mark knows me better than I know myself, he knew that I'd probably want some say in my engagement ring, so the other part of 'operation engagement' was explained to me. He had his mum's original engagement ring, which sadly didn't fit, but he also had 5 back up dummy rings for me to try. The plan was then revealed. Not only were we getting engaged, but we were flying to New York the day after my birthday to pick my engagement ring! I was completely amazed by the thought and effort Mark had put into the proposal and just how romantic he is (and how he knows me inside-out!). I couldn't, and didn't, ever imagine something this fantastic.
So we're headed to New York in less than two weeks time and I am so ridiculously excited for this special adventure and all the adventures we have to come!
By Carina Sullivan