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Proposal Hiccups

Simon and Hollie

Derby, Derbyshire

Simon: “I'd been single for some time as I felt that I needed some time to myself. I'd tried online dating before and had some interesting results, but fundamentally while these other sites covered what someone's looking for and their interests they were missing key pieces of information, such as beliefs and core values which cement a relationship and make that initial meeting so much easier. So when I saw eHarmony advertising itself as a relationship site, I knew I had to at least give it a try. Going through the initial questions I did have to stop and take my time as there was more than a few, but I could see that once completed it would be worth it.

My first date with Hollie went really well as we already had plenty of common ground, and while the initial nerves were present, we sat there as if we'd know each other for ages. After the third and fourth date we realised that eHarmony had allowed us to step straight into our relationship, by helping us to get to know each other really well.

As the weeks turned into months, the running joke became how long it would be before I proposed, so we started talking about moving in together. After eight months together Hollie's flat mate suddenly announced that she was moving to London, so this moved our plans forward a little. Before we knew it we were living together and I managed to pluck up the confidence to ask Hollie's parents’ permission for her hand in marriage. Fortunately her parents already had a ring from Hollie's grandmother and for her 25th birthday I booked a nice romantic meal and overnight stay at our favourite restaurant. 

As Hollie's parents had provided the ring I asked them along but knew that Holly wouldn’t want me to propose in a very crowded place, so I came up with a plan. Hollie’s parents were going to smuggle the ring into the restaurant and I would take it from them and keep it until my proposal later on. Somehow events didn't run according to plan! When we were ready for dessert, Hollie's Dad rather enthusiastically presented the final birthday gifts, putting them all on the table, including the ring! To our horror Hollie wanted to open the smaller of the two presents, the ring sized box first to which the table cried, ‘No, the other one!’ Baffled for a second we managed to convince Hollie to open the larger present first.

After the wrapping paper covering the ring was eventually removed, Hollie realised what the whole fuss was about and after some fumbling she opened the box and as per tradition I dropped to one knee to ask the all important question.”

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