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The ‘showmance’ that turned into forever.
Mason and I met whilst being in a play together at The Sewell Barn Theatre in Norwich last year. Once the play’s ‘run’ had ended we decided to keep our relationship quiet for a while to see how it go and make sure it wasn’t just a “showmance”. Whilst we were together in ‘secret’ we would spend time in one of our favourite places, Blickling Hall, in particular The Orangery, where we would have a picnic and take a nice walk. It was here totally unbeknownst to me that Mason first decided that after about two months together, he wanted to marry me. We were anxious about revealing our relationship due to the 20 year age gap as we thought some people might not approve and we would get a mixed response from our friends and loved ones. This was a tough time for us, particularly myself, but we have made it through the other side and are a picture of happiness today.
Just before Christmas last year we planned a trip to Paris, and without my knowledge, Mason had visited Winsor Bishop in November and purchased my engagement ring. The plan for the proposal; Mason had got the ring, booked the trip, bought me a little black dress, arranged for champagne at Mandolin Oriental Champagne Bar in Paris – perfection! Once we had arrived at the hotel we began to get ready for the evening with Mason getting increasingly nervous! We both enjoyed champagne, a walk along the River Seine with the Eiffel Tower glittering in the distance and ended up at The Notre Dame (my favourite iconic cathedral in Paris). It is here that I started taking pictures of the beautiful trees and festivities, whilst Mason waited nervously for me to finish.
Finally Mason plucked up the courage to say, “I have a confession to make, I’m not taking you anywhere, I want to ask you to marry me” to which my surprised response was “are you kidding?” Mason knelt down on one knee and waited for my response before he stood up; I burst into tears and said “yes”. Members of the public stopped and witnessed the proposal, some even started taking photos.
Once the beautiful ‘princess cut’ ring was on my finger we went to celebrate with further glasses of champagne, followed by getting a padlock with our initials on attached to the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, before throwing the key into the River Seine to signify the eternity of our love.
We have set a date to be married in June 2015 at Blickling Hall in The Orangery, our favourite place, having The Blythe String Quartet play a piece of our favourite music. In preparation of the first dance as a married couple we have started to take dance lessons and have a wonderful honeymoon in the Maldives booked just after the wedding.