Today, Chris and I have been engaged for nine whole weeks - I can't believe how quick it's gone! I now can't imagine not being engaged!
My mum booked us a trip to Milan for Christmas and Chris (unbeknownst to me) decided this would be the perfect time to propose. He had already bought my ring - again, I didn't have a clue - so set about planning the perfect proposal.
On Monday 24th February we got up and decided we would go to Milan Cathedral, the Duomo. My brother and Dad went a few years ago for a football match and told us the one thing we had to see was the Duomo, so that was top of our list. The pictures will never do it any justice, but it is just the most amazing building, it's like nothing either of us have ever seen before. The attention to detail is just incredible. We bought some tickets and stupidly decided to take the stairs to the roof terrace rather than the lift. I thought it would be a nice scenic walk with views of Milan on the way up. Oh no, it was 3295748075 stairs of pure hell in a dark claustrophobic cave.
After catching our breath on the first level of the roof, we spent a while taking in the 360 views of Milan and beyond - on a really clear day you can see the Alps! We then made our way up to the very top of the roof. It was a glorious day, it was only about 10am but the sun was beaming down on us and there wasn't a cloud in sight. I was photographing everything in site and stopping for a few selfies, obviously. We were stood overlooking the whole city at the highest point of the roof terrace of one of the most amazing cathedrals in the world, then the next thing I know, the colour drains from Chris' face and he pulls out the most perfect ring I've ever seen. I was so gob smacked I had absolutely no idea! It was perfect.
I spent the rest of the day feeling like I was floating and didn't take my eyes off my ring. When I came back down to Earth and decided to text people back home, I found out that most people already knew! My mum had known for months which explained a lot of weird visits to her house and her over eagerness to pick us up from the airport!
Everyone was so happy for us which made it so much more special.
We haven't started any solid wedding planning as of yet due to my job situation mostly and partly to my dire want (need) to buy a house, but we're aiming for Spring/Summer 2016. I have a short list of venues, I've seen the dress, I've picked my bridesmaids, I know the colour scheme and I know the florist. It's pretty much all planned in my head, but nothing has been booked as of yet, but I'll keep you all up to date with that.