Thursday, 16 June 2011

Engagement; She said Yes!

I first started talking to Brandi on 20SB in March, 2010. We quickly started speaking for hours and hours, literally every day. She got her first mention (kind of) on my blog in October 2010.

In February this year we decided to meet each other face to face. It could have potentially been the most awkward 3 weeks ever, but instead I instantly loved her loads, so much so that I knew I wanted to spend my whole life with her. Quickly after the holiday I booked a two week vacation to see her in Vancouver, and she had decided she would come to Birmingham in September for a few months.

I would never normally move things this fast, but I had thought there is no point waiting if I know exactly what I want. I knew I wanted to propose, but couldn't decide whether I should do it when she comes to see me in England, or when I go to see her in Vancouver. All I knew is that I did want to do it.

I decided that since I'd planned on doing it regardless, I wanted to do it in her country, so she could celebrate with friends and family, instead of having to just make a phone call. I could live with having people think that I might have rushed it too much, if it meant that it would make things more perfect for her.

On the 4th of June I flew to Vancouver, with the ring in my bag. I knew exactly how I would propose, and that I would do it at the start of the second week of being there. We had planned to spend that weekend at Ucluelet, on Vancouver Island, a stunningly beautiful part of British Columbia.

On Sunday afternoon we hiked along a forest path, that followed a cliff overlooking the sea. I scouted the perfect spot. I had gotten a bit worried, since there were loads of nice views, but none of them were exactly how I pictured, until one spot. The picture doesn't really do it justice. I think I was too nervous to take a good one.

On mine and Brandi's first date we went Geocaching, so I told her that I had read that there was a Geocache in that location. While she went looking for it I quickly placed a box near a bench. I called her over and said I remembered it was meant to be near a bench, and waited for her to look.

She found the box instantly, and I became really, nervous. She gave me the box to open. I took the lid off the box, revealing a ring box. She didn't look like she had clue'd in yet, until I got down on one knee, revealing the ring, and asked her to marry me. 

She looked really shocked, but I could tell she was happy, so I was relieved, though still eager to hear her answer. The 'yes' eventually came. We hugged and kissed for ages, until another couple came along who I asked to take a photo for us.

You can see the ring box on the bench.

And of course... Captain Vestman was present.

When I get home I will crack open the Birth Whiskey for my first taste.


  1. That is such a perfect story, Andy!!!

    I am so excited for you guys. I started telling all my co-workers when you made the announcement.

    I love the picture of her with the ring, it just captures how adorable she is.

    This was so romantic. I'm probably going to keep gushing about it for a long time, because it's just amazing. You guys are WAY more interesting and cool than Kate and Will :)

  2. Congratulations! Great pictures too. She looks wonderful in your ring!

  3. ohh love on 20sb. This is pretty much the most adorable thing ever. All the best !

  4. You guys are so fricken cute together! I Love it. Congrats!!!!

  5. So much cute, it's overwhelming. <3

    Congratulations, you guys! Dead pleased for you <3

  6. Congratulations you two :)

  7. Congratulations! You really are great together. :')