Two weekends ago, Dan and I headed off to Belgium for our babymoon which we'd planned two months before. I was really excited to visit Brussels as I'd never been there before, and we were also going to stop off at Bruges on the way back, which is one of our favourite places. We set off at 3am for the Channel Tunnel and we were exceptionally excited for what is probably our last weekend abroad before baby arrives.
We arrived in Brussels just before 9am and checked in. I had booked the hotel as I'm the resident travel agent of the two of us. I was really pleased with the choice and they put us in a wondeful room away from any loud areas of the hotel, as they were aware that I was pregnant. Dan and I enjoyed a full day of wandering around Brussels and exploring the Christmas market. We didn't walk as fast or as far as we normally would due to me being pregnant, but sightseeing is one of my favourite things to do and I was in my element.
We headed up to the top floor where the suites were, and walked towards a room called the Royal Suite. I didn't think anything of it until Dan pulled out a keycard to get into the door. At this point, I kept thinking, 'Why does he have a key to his clients room?!' As the door opened, there were petals laid out on the floor and a bucket of champagne (and apple juice for me!) with two glasses, and flowers on the table. The suite was absolutely ginormous and I didn't know where to look first.
I remember that I kept saying 'What's all this for?!' and Dan replied that he wanted to do something special for us as it's our last trip abroad just the two of us. He suggested that we went outside onto the giant private terrace which overlooked the Christmas market & Grand Place, where the light show was happening on the buildings. I thought this was so sweet, and even then didn't expect anything further. I hadn't even thought about where his client friend was either!
We were looking over the Brussels skyline and all the Christmas lights everywhere when Dan turned me around and he then began to bend down onto one knee and produced the most beautiful diamond ring. I immediately burst into tears and just kept saying 'No way! No way! Oh my god no way!' He then asked me the words I'd always wished to hear from him one day: 'Will you marry me?'
In between my mixture of tears and laughing and exclamations, I answered 'Yes, of course.' It was a moment I will never forget.
We had a kiss and cuddle on the terrace and then it suddenly hit me that we were engaged. I was engaged to the man of my dreams. And he had TRICKED ME! So badly! And I was so gullible and had no idea! It was hilarious and we immediately decided to FaceTime our families. We rung my mum and dad, and unbeknown to me, they knew that Dan had planned to propose to me - Dan had asked my dad for permission and he'd also spoken to my mum about the ring. Cheeky devil! Dan's family also knew his plans and his sister had even been with him to pick up the ring on a night when I thought they were Christmas shopping. Gullible or what?
After ringing everyone, I had a tiny sip of the contraband champagne, and then we went out into the Christmas markets to celebrate. We watched the light show, kissed by the Christmas tree and shared some hot mulled apple. It was perfect.
I had known that Dan was 'the one' in the minute that I met him. I didn't think that sort of feeling existed, but with us, the feeling was mutual. Marriage was something we knew would happen one day, as was us getting pregnant, but until it finally happens, I don't think you quite believe it. Having the ring on my finger feels more right than anything (not to mention that it is absolutely stunning!) and knowing that when we get married, our little baby will be there too is something incredibly amazing.
Dan, I know you're reading this, so... you are a wiley coyote for organising everything so quietly behind my back, and you did so well keeping it a surprise! The detail you went to was incredible and it will be a moment that I will never, ever forget. I cannot wait to be your wife. You're my best friend, soulmate and I am more than lucky. I love you.
After our baby is born, I look forward to taking you on my wedding planning journey - what an exciting 2017 I have to come!