I knew right away we had to have a engagement shoot with the magical Kitty Gallannaugh. Something for us to treasure always- the most exciting and precious chapter so far in our lives together. So thank you dearest darling Kitty for these romantic shots. You really are incredible my friend.
I've had so many people ask how Jonathan proposed and he often gets a little bashful about it when it comes to telling the story. So what better way than to let him tell you? Yes today's post is officially a JC takeover! x Rebecca
The Jon Blog Takeover
It was a beautiful day in Kefalonia when we woke up on Becky's birthday. I knew I was going to propose on her birthday (I needed some occasional camouflage for my scheme!) so I'd been nervously waiting for the moment for the past three days while on holiday. I told her I wanted to take her for a walk so that we could find a nice secluded spot for me to give her her 'presents and card.' It's no exaggeration to say we walked for miles!
I was determined to find the perfect place so, much to her dismay, we were walking through the Mediterranean heat, up and down cliff faces, fighting through thick woodland and clambering over rocks and broken walls (don't worry, it gets better, I promise!)
Anyway, we eventually gave up and went back to the first beach we found, which wasn't perfect but I'd decided would have to do. Just as we were sitting down, Becky saw a little gap in the cliff and so we climbed through to find a secluded cove, shaded by trees and overlooking the turquoise sea. We sat on towels and I gave her the 'card'.
I had made a scrap book full of photos of our time together over the last four years. Every page was narrated and as she flipped through the photos I read it to her. It told the story of our first flat we had while we worked our first crappy jobs in London, our holidays together in Turkey and Paris and all the wonderful adventures in between.
It then went on to tell her all the reasons I love her; her kindness, her sense of humour, and all the small things that only I notice and that make her the fantastic, beautiful and unique person I have always known her to be.
Lastly it talked about our future together, of how we're going to get a dog, have children, grow old together and of the hundreds of adventures yet to come.
It said "I can't wait for our future together, and I don't want to wait anymore...
"And so, Rebecca Tan, my love, my best friend, my soul mate,
"Will you marry me?"
The last page was a photo of the ring. Then when she looked around at me, I was holding the ring out to her.
Luckily she said yes (if she'd have said no, throwing the book away afterwards would've been tragic!)
I'd had the ring designed and made specially for Becky with a company called Good As Gold, based in Dorset. The ring is stunningly made and exactly what she wanted. The only issue was that it didn't quite fit (her hands had shrunk since we last had her ring finger measured).
So what did she do to test the size? On a pebble beach? When she'd had it for 2 minutes? She SHOOK HER HAND! I said it at the time and I'll reiterate it now: it was the single most stupid thing she has ever done!
Of course the ring flew off onto the pebbles and we spent a frenzied 5 minutes looking for the diamond ring with Becky on the verge of a panic attack. I warned her that if I found it first the wedding was off. Luckily she found it before me hiding under a rock and we are still engaged to this day.