A lovely little ‘feel good’ story started a few weeks ago when we received a phone call out of the blue from Martin. Apparently, his girlfriend, Jessica, has had a keen eye on our wedding campervans for some time. So Martin thought he had better set about a proposal.
He explained that on the 8th June it would be a thousand days exactly to the day they first went out with each other, that he would love to propose to her in one of our campervans and was wondering whether we could help him out.
We were only too pleased to get involved, but unfortunately found ourselves at full stretch on Saturday the 8th June with weddings across the county. However, the following day, between us, a cunning plan was executed.
A few days before, Martin confessed that he’s not good at keeping secrets but was getting rather excited and anxious as Sunday approached. He had a lovely bespoke engagement ring made and was doing his best to keep it hidden along with the surprise and his nervousness!
Despite a very hectic schedule of weddings on Saturday, Kate and myself were up early on Sunday morning valeting all three campervans, Lola, Lulu and Lily. We lined them up in our grounds as planned and planted a complimentary bottle of champagne in Lola along with two glasses and had some music playing. At least it looked like an open day of sorts!
At 11.30 Martin arrived with Jessica. I greeted them, “good morning, I assume you are here for the open day – you’re a bit early but are welcome to look around”.
As pre-arranged, I left them to their own devices for 30 minutes or so, covertly trying to gauge whether Martin had popped the question and, above all, received an ‘I will’.
From a distance I could see that Martin was giving me a ‘thumbs up’.
The happy-couple were near to tears, but smiling for ear to ear as I swooped in to open up the champagne and congratulate them.
We chatted and laughed for some time about the subterfuge – I think I was just a nervous as Martin!
Later that the same day Martin sent us the following email message…
Hi bob, thank you so much for doing that for me, it was truly fantastic. After Jess had calmed down a bit she said it was a really romantic way to do it as it will tie in with the wedding (whenever that may be). Thank you so much again you do not know how much I appreciate it.
Read about it in the West Briton…