How did you meet?
We actually first started talking on MSN messenger as 12/13 year olds because that was the done thing; get home from school and log on to talk to your pals online (very sad). We ended up with each other’s email addresses through friends and we would talk most nights but the chat never really got past ‘Hi’ ‘U kk?’ ‘Wuu2?’ 🙈 then a couple of months later we ended up bumping into each other at a local under 18s disco (Rios in Whalley) and we swapped numbers. Elle then came around to mine the Friday after for tea and I asked her out. We dated on and off all through school, Elle went to the grammar school in the same town. Then we went our separate ways for a few years but a house party brought us back together and after seeing each other again the pair of us couldn’t resist texting each other… skip a few weeks and we were at another party together and I asked Elle again if she would be my girlfriend. 10 years later, 7 spent living together and now with cat and I got down on 1 knee.
When did you know you were meant to be together?
After a long break when we bumped into each other again, Elle was supposedly getting close to another guy but on seeing me rock up she just couldn’t help herself haha!!
Tell us about the engagement ring and why you chose The Workshop to make it.
I always knew the style of ring I wanted to get for Elle (as she dropped very unsubtle hints when we were out and about), I knew it had to feature a Sapphire (Elle’s birth stone and she loves blue). However when I decided to start planning, I did not know where to begin. Elle really likes Hebden Bridge as a place so thought I would start there and after some googling found The Workshop. After speaking to you guys over the phone I knew this is where I wanted to spend my money. The initial visit involved a brief chat with Jenny to talk budget and designs, Jenny then worked up a whole bunch of different ideas based on my brief. After going back to select the stones & diamonds The Workshop swiftly got to work on the ring and it was complete with plenty of time to spare for the big day!
How did you propose?
Once I had decided that I was going to propose, the next big step was figuring out how I was going to do it. We both really like the Lake district so I thought it would be pretty cool to find a nice spot up there. Again after a little research I come across a place called Errendale Water, a place I had never heard of. Elle was actually away for two weeks on holiday so while she was out of the country, I snuck up to Errendale to check out the location. Errendale was beautiful and the views breath-taking, I knew this was the place! I had a wander around and found a spot by the lake with a bench positioned across the path from a low wall where mountains on either side framed the lake perfectly – the bench an ideal opportunity to set up my camera to film as Elle is obsessed with capturing EVERYTHING with a photo.
December the 30th arrived (our 10 year anniversary) and I dragged Elle out of bed at 5am (she was not best pleased) so we could make the 2 hour drive up to Errendale to have the best chance of having the lake to ourselves. After a short walk I saw the planned spot and asked Elle to stand at the edge of the lake so I could ‘take a picture’ of the pair of us, I set the camera to record and wandered over, got down on one knee and popped the question. Thankfully she said yes (after a lot of crying/laughing/screaming)!
What is “your song” as a couple?
Hard to pin it down to a single song but we both enjoy a kitchen dance to Reggae – gin induced or sober.
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