Charlotte and Graham had a rather unorthodox first meeting – at a trampoline club.
“I used to jump at uni,” Charlotte recalls. “After graduation a year previously, I wanted to get back into it, so I went along to the adult class at the local trampoline club.” It was there that she met Graham, who owns the club – “people are always surprised when he says he’s a self-employed professional trampoline coach!” – and, though it did “take a while to convince me”, Charlotte confesses, “we just clicked.”
Charlotte says that, despite the fact that friends and family were “asking when we were going to get married all the time!”, when Graham did finally pop the question, she wasn’t expecting it. The pair went out for dinner in their village pub, “which we tend to do about once a month”.
When they arrived at the pub, “Graham wound me a story, saying they were fully booked – so would we mind moving outside to sit in the gazebo.” When they made their way outside, “there were balloons… and it crossed my mind that he might propose, but then I just wrote it off as the landlord being lovely, as he always is!”
Graham proposed with a rather unorthodox ring, too. “When the waitress brought our drinks outside, Graham went to take the tray – and I thought I saw a pink Tupperware, identical to one we had!” She saw correctly, because “the next moment, he was down on one knee presenting me with the box – inside of which was a chocolate cupcake, with a ring iced on it – and asking me to marry him!” Graham is not, says Charlotte, an avid cook, but “on our first official ‘date’ we’d made cupcakes for a friend’s barbecue, so he knew how significant it would be!”
Of course, Charlotte said yes – “mixed in with some tears and hiccoughs.”
As Graham proposed with a cake, the couple had a shopping expedition to do. “Now that it was real, I didn’t have a clue what sort of ring I wanted,” Charlotte says. “I went online and had a good look around immediately!”
The couple made their way to Hatton Garden one weekend and into Bernstones. “It was the first shop we went into,” says Charlotte. “I saw the ring I chose in the window! The woman who served us was so friendly and helpful, letting me try on different rings and telling us what changes we could make, letting me take photos and videos of the ring – which I’d definitely recommend, it’s a better way to see the sparkle when you look back on them!”
The couple had slightly different ideas of what ring to go for – Graham, says Charlotte, “wanted to get me the largest solitaire diamond he could manage”, but Charlotte couldn’t get her floral cluster ring out of her head. “It’s just so different to what most other people have and really suited my personality.”
The ring was put on order, with a platinum band, and Graham told Charlotte that it wouldn’t be ready until mid-December. So, when, at the beginning of December, Graham pulled the box out of his pocket “with my ring… it was almost like he was proposing all over again!”
The couple will have been engaged for about 18 months when they get married – “anything quicker probably would have stressed me out,” says Charlotte. “I wanted some time to enjoy being engaged.”
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