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RMW Real Bride Diary {Emma & Dean: The Proposal}

This afternoon I’m really pleased to welcome lovely Emma to the blog, she’ll be sharing her wedding planning journey with you all this year as our RMW Real Bride. Emma has been a loyal follower of the RMLtd brand for a long time, so we were absolutely thrilled to hear that she was engaged to Dean. Emma is a girl after our own hearts, she loves weddings, loves to travel and just generally has a really positive outlook on life. These two are a super cute couple and we hope that lots of you will be able to relate to their planning trials and tribulations.

Emma will be blogging on Sundays twice a month from today until her summer wedding. But for now, we’re chatting about how she and Dean met (a slow burning love) and their romantic (international) proposal story. Right, I’ll pass you over to Emma…and do share your proposal stories too, we’d love to hear them!

Hello fellow RMW readers! I am super excited to be an RMW real bride so that I can share the planning journey with you all.

I have to confess I’ve been hanging around Rock My Wedding for years now. Not because I’ve been hankering after a proposal for that long, I promise, but because I’ve been wedding obsessed since I first waitressed at a wedding for my Mum’s catering company. I love the pretty, I love the dresses, I love the love.

But it’s the super sparkly bling that has wound up on my finger that has led to me appearing ON these pretty pages.

First thing first, here’s the love story…


Dean and I have known each other for over 15 years, but our story is a bit of a slow burn.

He is friends with my bestie’s brother, so we have always moved in similar circles. We had a laugh whenever our paths crossed but weren’t particularly close.

Several years later, two of our closest friends got married, I was bridesmaid at the wedding and Dean was best man. We saw each other more frequently, but it wasn’t until 2014 that we started talking regularly.

Dean kindly offered advice and motivation for a triathlon I was training for. Dean is the athletic type, regularly taking on crazy challenges. On the flip side, I was challenging myself in memory of a friend purely because she would have found my participation in such an activity utterly hilarious. So I was in need of the advice.

The more we chatted, the more we found that we were at a similar stage in life; both in relationships that weren’t working out as we had hoped. Though we became much closer, the light bulb still didn’t quite go on. When I became single Dean was keen to set me up with various people. Perhaps he was testing the ground, but I politely declined – life was hectic with the prospect of moving house and starting a new life after seven years in a relationship.

These protestations miraculously disappeared when Dean plucked up the courage to ask me out himself though.

The Proposal

Dean will deny that he is romantic, but given that our dating escapades involved lazy afternoons in Stratford-upon-Avon, prosecco picnics and the London eye, I knew that when a proposal came it would be perfection.

We had talked about getting married within a very short time of being together, but I didn’t see the proposal itself coming at all. All of our spare pennies were going on travels (making up for lost time and quickly ticking places off our bucket list). I just didn’t imagine Dean would have anything to spare on a ring.

Little did I know that ahead of our road trip to America in August, he had bagged the ring and planned the proposal. It happened in San Francisco, in front of the golden gate bridge on a beautiful strip of (almost) deserted beach. (Luckily the pack of dogs and their doggy walkers, that were making Dean quite tense, wandered off. Eventually).

Just as I got up and strode across the beach announcing that we should get on with the rest of the day, a slightly wobbly voice pleaded ‘wait for me, I have a question to ask you.’ And then the penny dropped. Right about when I turned around and Dean was down on one knee with the most beautiful sparkly, square cut, vintage style ring in his paws.

The sparkler is exactly what I would have picked for myself, so the boy certainly did good.

Emma & Dean Engagement Photograph

As the proposal took place at the start of the holiday we had two weeks to bask in its glory before we headed home and became emerged in planning.

Here’s a quick fire round so that you can get to know us a bit better:

I love: chocolate, prosecco, reading, blogging, the beach, anything that sparkles, and pretty dresses.

Dean loves: Arsenal, Formula 1, cycling, (actually any kind of sport), photography, beer and cheese.

I will be back soon to tell you all about my planning so far, but first I want to hear all about your proposal stories. Pop them in the comment box below, pretty please?

Lots of wedding love, Emma {Year of the Yes}

16 thoughts on “RMW Real Bride Diary {Emma & Dean: The Proposal}

  1. What a lovely story!

    Me and my fiance met at sixth form, got together within three weeks of meetings and have stayed together ever since. We headed off in different directions to university and spent every other weekend travelling to gatecrash the other’s flat – to the point I’m in the prospectus for a university I never attended (whoops). In our final year I was heading home for Christmas when I received a note – I needed to pack a separate weekend bag and meet him at St Pancras. In short, he intercepted my journey home by getting down on one knee – then whisked me up to Edinburgh for the weekend. I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

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    1. Chloe that is such a lovely proposal story – the boy definitely did good (Edinburgh is one of our favourite cities, I bet you had a fabulous time)!! When are you getting married? It’s such an exciting journey isn’t it?! x

  2. Such a gorgeous couple! I imagine San Francisco is special enough but adding a proposal must have been out of this world.

    I got engaged during a trip to Granada, Southern Spain. It’s my favourite place in the world. My boyfriend took me to a night tour of the Alhambra Palace (astonishing place) and as we entered the kings court everything went quiet, there was no one in there but us and our daughter and he got down on one knee and popped the question. Like you, I didn’t see it coming at all. He’s a poet who makes just enough, I had no clue he’d been saving and looking for the most perfect ring for months. We’re now planning our wedding for September and so can’t wait to follow your journey too. Honestly it has all been a bit blurry and dream like since that proposal in August!

    All the best 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Tahnee, that’s really sweet of you.
      That sounds like such an incredible proposal, and particularly lovely that your daughter was there too. He must have planned this all so carefully!! And wow, love that you are marrying a poet, I imagine he had a way with words with the proposal itself too!!
      So excited to share the journey with you – and hope you will pop back to tell us more about your plans for September. A lovely month to get married – my birthday’s in September so I am biased, but it’s always been my favourite month!! x

  3. So happy to be sharing your planning journey Emma 🙂

    And Chloe & Tahnee, your proposal stories are so romantic – do pop back and tell us how you’re getting on with planning!

    Fern x

  4. Hey Emma, I absolutely LOVED your proposal story. The boy definitely did good. Can’t wait to hear what you have planned for your big day and share your journey. It’s going to be fabulous. Lots of love Lorna xxx

  5. Hey Lorna! Thank you so much – he really did do good!! I was so convinced I would know when he was going to propose but he totally took me by surprise AND managed to incorporate a beach (my favourite place in the world) with a bit of city travelling (one of our favourite things to do together). I often wish I could go back to soak up the moment again 🙂 xx

  6. This is a lovely proposal story and look forward to reading your posts!
    My fiancé and I met through mutual friends in 2014 and really our relationship was a dream come true from the beginning. I am a avid gardener and this past summer Nate cleared a section out of yard with his father so I could have a garden at our house (previously been growing at my parents house). We are both chili heads and we grow hot peppers and bottle our very own hot sauce!
    It was Labor Day and I had gone for a long run in the morning and had planned to spend the afternoon lounging by our pool soaking up the last of the pool days and Nate was in the garden ” checking out the peppers for awhile” so I walked over and around the peppers and he was down on one knee! I cried and laughed and could not control my emotions for hours! Most exciting day to know I get to spend the rest of my life with the man of my dreams:)

    1. Oh Noreen that is absolutely lovely!! So well thought out. The proposal made me quite hysterical as well, so totally know where you are coming from.

      Have you set a date for the wedding yet? Can’t wait to hear about some of your plans, I hope you will keep popping back in to share your journey as well. I completely agree though, it’s the prospect of forever with my Mr that is so utterly exciting and to have a day with everyone we love to celebrate that is just going to be incredible x

      1. July 8th is our big day-Plans are coming along nicely so far and it’s been really fun! I’ll continue to check back to see how everything is coming together with your planning – cheers!

  7. Oh Emma we are in very similar situations and can’t wait to hear about your planning journey! Me and my boyfriend (fiancé creeps me out) have been together for 9 years, and got engaged this November in NYC on top of the Rockefeller! Like you I have been an avid rock my reader for a few years (shhh) so it’s such an exciting time!!

  8. Chloe it’s so lovely to hear from a fellow RMW groupie!!! And even more exciting to be going on the journey at the same time. Your proposal sounds lovely – NYC is beautiful in winter. Talk about memories to last you a lifetime (and here’s to many more)! I hope you’ll keep checking in and telling us about your plans – when are you getting married?! x

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