London: The Big Surprise

The weather in London was absolutely beautiful this weekend, the sun was shining and the skies looked crystal clear. Me and my partner went down for sight seeing and a weekend away to celebrate my 21st birthday, little did I know, a surprise was lurking around the corner.

We arrived in London after a 6 hour travel at 10am Friday morning. James had never been to London before, so I decided to take him on an open air bus tour.  The tour gave him a thorough insight into the city of Westminster, the City of London and all the sights - it was a perfect day for the travelling.

During the tour we stopped off at a few places, one of which being Buckingham Palace.  The area was incredibly busy and bustling with different personalities and accents. One thing I adore about London is the multi-cultural society. I love hearing accents from around the world combined into one city and most importantly, I love to learn about culture. 

Whilst away we spent a lot of time at Hyde Park and Kensington Park. It was lovely to walk around the scenery alone, holding hands like a hollywood romance - I loved every second of it.

Before heading back to the hotel, we went on the London Eye. The view was beautiful and it was great to spend some more quality time with James. 

We stayed at the Shaftesbury London Hyde Park hotel which was beautiful. The service was impeccable and the room was cosy. Whilst getting ready for a night out, my partner was getting slightly agitated. I kept asking him what was wrong. He started telling me how much he loved me and I told him I loved him more, he then got down on one knee and I giggled. I really didn't think he was being serious, until he said: " I heard that diamonds are a girls best friend, will you marry me?" The above picture was taken several minutes after the proposal.

We then went to the Roof Gardens restaurant, Babylon in Kensington High Street. We celebrated with a special meal and cocktails!

Here's a picture of me and my fiance on the way back from the meal.

This is my fiance, James McDonnell. I met him when I was 14 and i've always had a soft spot for him. Our love for 50s/60s music brought us even closer together and 7months ago we began to date. We've been through so much together in a short-time and even though some of the experiences we have haven't necessarily been the best (Being in hospital for one), I wouldn't change them, it brought us even closer together. I love him so much and I can't believe he proposed to me for my 21st birthday, it's the best present he could have ever given me.

Here's the ring:

We are having a long engagement, but I'm already starting the planning. I really can't wait for our special day. Feel free to check my Wedding Inspiration board on Pinterest!

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  1. congratulations :) i got engaged last august and just started booking our wedding for 2014 :) its so much fun! :D x

  2. Wow Congratulations! I am so happy for you two!!!!

    The Urban Umbrella

  3. Wow, huge congratulations lovely!! sounds like a perfect end to a lovely break in london!! xxx

  4. Oh my goodness, that is so so amazing!! Congratulations! A proposal in the greatest city in the world? How perfect!

  5. Yay, congratulations! Your ring is beautiful! :)

  6. Huge congratulations and I love your ring, it's stunning. I love how the diamond is raised up from the band - mines very similar.

  7. Aww congrats darling :D What a lovely surprise x


  8. Congratulations! The ring is beautiful x

  9. Congratulations to the both of you! I've been in Fiji and only returned, I sure have missed a lot! What a truly beautiful surprise. Off to check out your wedding inspiration photos :)

  10. New follower :)
    This post is so lovely!
    and I love your outfit :)


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