Monday, 24 August 2009

A Romantic Proposal in Italy!

Hello girls! I have returned from holiday, it feels strange writing a blog post again after 10 days with no internet! A few of you who I spoke to at The Body Shop event already know the good news, but for those who don't, I'm engaged!

I shall start at the very beginning, when I received a mysterious package whilst staying at my parents home, containing a bikini I'd been wanting for a long time and could never find in the shops. It was from my boyfriend Matt and I thought he was just being lovely and surprising me with it, but there was more to come and I was soon to discover it was part of a bigger plan! He joined me at my parents house on the weekend, and upon arrival he brought my post with him. As he went to fetch it, I called "Is there something exciting?!" as I didn't know why else he would've brought the post with him. After glancing through some boring mail I got to a letter, which was from Matt;

Dear Amy,
I hope you like your new bikini, it may be useful next weekend!
I may have told you a little white lie surrounding our holiday plans for this year, we shall be leaving on Thursday 13th August! Please pack a bag for 10 days and ensure you have your passport.
You may now be thinking to yourself: "10 days, oh no what about The Body Shop event, I’ll miss out on it!!"
Have no fear, you will still be able to attend this event and I have taken steps to arrange a different train ticket for you!
This is all the information you need right now, and I shall remain tight lipped, with further details released on a need to know basis!

All my Love,

Matt.
XXX

After reading this I was squealing excitedly and asking lots of questions, although Matt did very well and didn't reveal anything (except later that night when he accidentally blurted out in his excitement that we were going abroad!) So we returned home Monday where my preparations and packing began!

The Setting:
We arrived at Heathrow on Friday morning with me still in the dark about where we were going. I soon discovered we were flying to Rome, Italy, and assuming that's where we were going, got very excited as I've been longing to got to Italy for quite some time. About 10 minutes before we landed in Rome, Matt announced our journey was not yet over, and we were still to catch another plane. I was completely baffled and began guessing at places we were going, but my geography being terrible there weren't many attempts! It turned out we were flying to Brindisi, a more southerly part of Italy, where we then would be driving to Ostuni in the region of Puglia.
After picking up the rental car (and Matt feeling very apprehensive about sitting on the wrong side of the car and driving on the wrong side of the road) we set off to find our accommodation. After travelling for quite some time down a dusty, windy road with no signs of life except ancient olive trees, we began to wonder if we were heading in the right direction. But we kept going, and eventually came across the white pillared driveway and arrived here...




As soon as I saw the pool I realised it was
Il Collegio from Grand Designs Abroad which we'd watched over a year ago. I remember seeing this place and we both said how lovely it looked. Matt remembered how I loved it and arranged back at the beginning of the year to take us there on holiday for the proposal. The couple who own it were really lovely and friendly, and the accomodation itself was very small and private, catering for up to only 8 people, so it felt more like a private villa as there were very rarely other people around.

The Proposal:
On Saturday afternoon we returned from the beach to find an envelope slipped under our door. Inside was a seafood 'picnic' menu, which Matt revealed he had also planned months beforehand! As it is a B&B, they don't usually do food in the evening, but Matt had been in contact with them for months, explained how he wanted to propose and managed to persuade them to arrange a meal in the gardens.

Just before we made our way to dinner

The food had been set out down in the gardens in the pergola. It looked beautiful, there were fairy lights wrapped around the top of the pergola and candles added to the romantic feeling. A number of seafood dishes awaited us along with champagne and a bottle of wine. What I especially loved about the setting was how private and idyllic it felt. Sat under the stars with only the sound of crickets, it was blissfully romantic.



After dinner Matt excused himself to get a jumper, because as I later discovered, the box the ring came in was mahoosive! It was far too large to be concealed in his pocket so he had to wrap it up in his jumper! There are photo's of us after the proposal, but because I cried from all the lovely things Matt said, all my mascara ran and I don't like anyone seeing them except Matt! It was a perfect proposal and everything I'd ever dreamt of. After Matt telling me how he had planned everything over the last few months, I rang my parents (who knew Matt was proposing and were waiting with baited breath for the phone call!) and got excited with my mum about how romantic it all was!
A day time shot of the pergola where Matt proposed


The Ring:


The beautiful ring was designed by Matt himself. We'd been to try on styles I liked back at the beginning of the year so he knew I liked the three stone look so that's what he based it on. I couldn't be more pleased with it and I still can't stop looking at it!







A collection of my favourite photo's from Italy:



My yummy fiance! I love how I can call him that now!
Our first night in Italy
Daisy, the lovely dog that kept us company at breakfast each morning. We assumed the couple who owned the place had always had her, but they told us she was actually a stray that had wandered up the driveway only 3 weeks previously on her last legs, and they nurtured her back to health! I love how her one ear flopped over.

The beautiful old town where we had dinner each night

A huge olive tree in the garden that is hundreds of years old

Matt looking lovely!

Me trying to do some arty photography!




Italy was so lovely. It was so refreshing to go on a holiday that wasn't touristy. For us there is nothing worse than going abroad and finding it is basically England (McDonalds, British food, British magazines and newspapers, bars, clubs, chavs looking to get drunk on cheap drinks etc) just with sun and a beach. Italy is so full of beautiful architecture, history and culture, and best of all, nobody spoke English so we had to take along our little dictionary and manage that way! We ate a traditional Italian breakfast every morning which consisted of salami, meats, cheese, rolls, focaccia bread (the most delicious thing I have ever tasted!), fresh tomatoes with basil, fruit and yogurt. A bowl of bran flakes in the morning now seems so inadequate!

There is such a lovely family-orientated atmosphere in Italy, at night you see these big families all out for dinner. It was wonderful to see three generations all together enjoying themselves, often with a table of adults and then a table for the children. Everyone was so friendly and there was a general laid-back ambiance to life. For anyone who hasn't already been I definitely recommend it.

Now we've returned I am still in a little happy bubble, reminiscing on what a perfect and magical time it was. I shall always treasure the memories and look back fondly on how thoughtfully and carefully Matt planned the fairytale proposal. I love you Matt, my wonderful fiance!

81 comments:

  1. OH MY GOD AMY!
    That is the cutest thing ever. You are so lucky.
    That brought a tear to my eye so i can only imagine what you were like haha
    It looks perfect
    Congratulations!!
    xxxxx

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  2. Oh my gosh!
    It's like a fairytale!
    You must be the happiest girl alive,Congratulations!
    xxx

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  4. Congratulations! That is the cutest thing, so romantic! You must be so happy :) xxxx

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  5. How cute :]

    Congratulations xx

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  6. Congratulations!!!!!!!!! I'm really happy for you. xx

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  7. Aw that sounds so so so romantic! Your fiance did so well to organise everything and make it all lovely. All the best for the future and congratulations!

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  8. That's so romantic, just like a fairytale - brought a tear to my eye as well. You must be over the moon :) Congratulations!
    xx

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  9. Congrats Amy! He is such a sweetheart & such a fairy tale propsal, you lucky thing!
    xxxx

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  10. Glad to see I'm not the only one who got a bit emotional reading that! Congratulations hun, your fiance sounds fantastic!
    xx

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  11. Eeeeeeeeee!!!!


    That's amaaaaazzinnnngggggggg! xxx
    I'm soo happy for you both you sound propa' luvved up liiikkkeeee. :)

    I'm expecting an invite to the wedding by the way ;)
    xx

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  12. Awwwwww!! that is soo sweet! pefect way to be proposed to:)
    Congratulations

    xo

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  13. Oh Amy that was so beautiful it nearly made me cry! I've always said i want to get married in Italy i love it, i can't think of a more beautiful place to be proposed to so it all sounds so perfect! I know i've said this already but congratulations i'm so happy for you and i'm sure every girl that reads this with be soooo envious of the great guy you've got there! And what a lovely story to tell your children when they are older! xxx

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  14. What an utterly gorgeous story!!! Congratulations! Actually got goosebumps reading it.

    Your ring is gorgeous! I got engaged in Italy too and we looked for a ring over there, someone told us a really romantic Italian story to do with the 3 stone diamond ring like yours and how it is traditionally Italian and there is some romatic history to it all and that each diamond represents something different - i am so sorry i can't remember it all but it was very romantic .. maybe you know it already??

    Your accommodation looks beautiful and you and your man are such a cute couple! He's a good 'un! ;)

    Now time to start all the fun of planning a wedding - you will have a ball!

    xxx

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  15. AWWWW!!
    I'm literally in tears dear, that is so romantic and very cute!
    Congrats!! xxxx

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  16. OMG that is so romantic and amazing - your fiance sounds perfect to do all that and your ring is beautiful! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Italy looks so lovely - I love immersing myself into the place that I am visiting. Eating the foods, seeing as much as I can and basically living like the locals. It is good to know that there are other people out there that enjoy doing more than drinking and getting burnt laying out in the sun when they get the opportunity to travel.

    xx

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  17. OMG Amy everything about it was perfect! Congratulations I'm sooooo happy for you! You two are like a match made in heaven, such a gorgeous couple! So romantic he did good! Xxxxx

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  18. What a beautiful proposal story! Matt... What a romantic ;) I kept going 'Awww' all the way through it haha! Congratulations Amy :) xxx

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  19. That's such a perfect proposal! Congratulations x

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  20. congratulations!! i loved reading about it, soo romantic and the villa looks so lovely :)xxx

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  21. Aw congrats! That is so romantic:)

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  22. Congratulations! so lovely! x

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  23. ohh wow that sounds perfect!! congrats he sounds like a great guy
    x

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  24. Oh my Amy what a holiday!!! That is honestly one of the sweetest most romantic things I've ever read, and it brought a tear to my eye as well. It all sounds so perfect but especially perfect for you. I've no doubt that you two will have a very long and happy life together. Congratulations to both of you.

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  25. Congratulations to both of you!!!!! You had me in tears while I was reading.

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  26. congratulations Amy - what alot of planning Matt went to - I love hearing romantic proposal stories and this one certainly was. You must be over the moon. Matt sounds like a very lovely and thoughtful guy. Now have fun planning your wedding. Your ring is beautiful xx

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  27. omg that is soo romantic!! congratulations to both of you!!

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  28. omigosh that is sooooooooo romantic! congrats to both of u!

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  29. Ohmygod that is the most romantic proposal ever!! I think its amazing how he planned everything in advance and made it personal to you, just showing how much he loves you!! Awwwh congratulations and that really is a story to tell the grandkids!! xxx

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  30. Congratulations! It all sounds so romantic, I can only imagine how lovely your wedding day will be! :) xx

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  31. That was wonderful. Congratulations! How old are Matt and you?

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  32. I'm just going to repeat every comment here and go, oh my god- this is the most lovely, romantic story ever! It nearly made me cry! Italy looks gorgeous- I love Italy. Such a perfect place to propose!

    Ah, congratulations! I wish you both years of happiness together :)

    xoxo

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  33. I've congratulated you in person, but I didn't know what a truly wonderful and romantic proposal it was. I think that is the type of thing all girls dream of, and I wish you both the happiest of lives together. You are going to be the most stunning bride Amy, and it's a pleasure to know you and share your wonderful news. Big thumbs up to Matt for keeping the secret, and being so romantic! I may keep this open so MY boyfriend sees it, haha! Lots of love xxx

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  34. Awwwww congratulations!! How sweet is he!! Fairytail proposal!! How lucky are you hun!! xx

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  35. congratulations! you must be sooo happy, it's like a fairytale! :D
    xx

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  36. Congratulations :) The stories just beautiful!

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  37. Congratulations!! You are a VERY lucky girl!!! :o)

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  38. Congratulations Amy - that is an amazing way to get proposed too... your man did so good!!! xx

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  39. Awwww that is just about the sweetest thing ever!! Am so delighted for you! Enjoy your engagement I look back on mine as a time of total and utter bliss!! your ring is fabulous too. Now you can start planning the wedding - yay!!!

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  40. Congratulations! Your guy is so romantic! x

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  41. congratulations- you two look great together! :D that looks like such a romantic trip; if only every guy treated their lady the same!

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  42. congratulations! Your fiance is so sweet it almost made me cry haha! Italy and your ring are beautiful! xoxo

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  43. WOW HUN! congratulations!!! that was seriously like a fairy tale dream come true! you are very lucky. i wish you both the best to come =)

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  44. Congratulations! That all sounds gorgeous and romantic. Good job Fiance!!
    Melissa,
    xx.

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  45. Congratulations!That's brilliant news! We can share wedding ideas now! Yah!

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  46. oh my god
    that sounds too good to be true!!! You couldn't have made up a better proposal.
    Your bf sounds perfect
    I wish you all the happiness in the world sweetie
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  47. Aww, this made me a bit teary eyed...!

    Sounds like the ideal proposal/vacation any girl could ask for!
    Congratulations girl! You two look great together! :)

    xoxo

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  48. omg, that is the sweetest and most romantic proposal! congratulations! you guys are such a cute couple xxx

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  49. Congratulations, that is so sweet and romantic.
    :) xx

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  50. Congratulations!! That really does sound like the perfect proposal! I've just started following your blog after finally getting down to creating one of my own!
    Congratulations again, what a perfect holiday!
    xxx

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  51. Awww it all sounds so amazing and like a fairy tale! I'm almost welling up (such a sap I know!) Congratulations again you lucky lady! xx

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  52. this is soooooo romantic...loved reading this hun xx

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  53. CONGRATSSSSSSS so sweet!

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  54. Congrats on the proposal!! Looks like an awesome trip. I adore your white dress and those photos are so nice. Love you blog, when you get a chance come by mine :)

    http://inbugsdrawers.blogspot.com

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  55. Awwww what an amazing proposal. Sooo romantic. How nice will it be telling your children about that in the future.

    Im a recent follower to your blog and I think its fantastic. Its had me sat here doing nothing but reading for the past few hours hehe. If you get chance pop by mine, Im new to all this, so theres not much on mine right now, but hopefully I'll get the hang of it soon.

    Jo... X

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  56. congratulations!!!!!!!!!! that is such a beautiful story and to top it off - it's true!!

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  57. CONGRADULATIONS!!! that is soo romantic! good luck with planning for the big day! :D

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  58. Oh my goodness!! This was THE most romantic story I've yet heard; congratulations over and over and over again! (:

    bisous,
    La C.

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  59. AMY.

    Haha, 59 comments?!?!?!?!??!??!?!!!

    Jeeperz, i think i should get enganged just for al of the attention!!
    Anyway, i tagged you for an award because your blog is beautiful :)

    Make sure you do it!!!
    http://fayecavania.blogspot.com/2009/08/award.html

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  60. Congratulations. I actually had goosebumps whilst reading this. It sounds like the perfect proposal, and you are so lucky :) Good luck for the future xoxo

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  61. you two are just the cutest things ever!

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  62. That is the cutest most romantic thing ever! You are very very very lucky:D! xx

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  63. OMG! Congratulations! This is the sweetest blog post ever!!! How amazing!!! x x x

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  64. awww congratulations thats so sweet xxxxx

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  65. Congratulations, the engagement sounds beautiful and so romantic- I wish you many years of happiness ahead. xx

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  66. So sweet! You two look like a gorgeous couple! Congratulations on the engagement! xx

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  67. That was the lushest thing i've ever read! :) Congratulations xx

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  68. Oh my god it all looks amazing!! And congrats!! Beautiful ring and goodlooking guy - you're lucky! I wish my boyfriend would get down on one knee soon...

    /Jeanett
    http://jeanettd.blogspot.com

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  69. Arwh that is one of the most romantic things ive ever heard! its nice to know true love still exists :) It looks so beautiful & you both make a lovely couple.
    Congratulations to you both !
    x x x

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  70. You two are a beautiful couple, and your ring is beautiful.
    Congratulations both of you :)
    xxxx

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  71. Wow! Beautiful. Everything looked and sounded so lovely! Congratulations!

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  72. oh what a lovely couple! i bet you´ll get v. beautiful kids. congratulations.

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  73. Cant wait to see wedding photos if thats just the proposal, looks more than amazing :)
    have just started following ur blog & totally loving it
    steph x

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  74. That was the most romantic thing Ive ever heard!
    He put so much thought into it, Im majorly jelous I hope someone goes to all that trouble for me someday!
    Congratulations!
    x

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  75. oh my!! this is so romantic! i love italy its one of my favorite countries in this world...you're a very lucky girl :)
    congratulations again!!

    xo

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  76. Awww! Thats so adorable! You are so lucky to have found such a wonderful man!
    :) xx

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  77. wow this is such a romantic proposal Brought tears to my eyes....just come across your blog hence the late comment, but congratulations!
    x

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  78. Awwwh! This is so romantic and lovely...brought a tear to my eye!

    Congratulations!

    I have voted for you on the English Wedding blog competition! Good luck! x

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  79. What an absolutely gorgeous proposal!

    It bought a tear to my eye too! Xx

    Cosmeticsshoppingandintoxication.blogspot.com

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  80. This had me in tears! The most beautiful proposal :)

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