Back in 2010, I was taken on a tour around my new work place. That was where I first met Sam. We instantly struck up a friendship and would often have little chats at work. It started as polite chit-chat “hello, how are you?” and then gradually we opened up to each other and started speaking of likes, dislikes and revealing a little more about ourselves every time we spoke. This went on for a few months and eventually Sam told me he was having a couple of drinks after work and he invited me along. I said I would go and he gave me his number. It was a chilly October evening and I had just finished work at 8pm, I text him to find out where he was, the instant reply was “is that Leyla?” so, thats how he got my number. I met him at the Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho where he was already pretty merry and I was stone cold sober.
He got me a drink and we settled into a space outside. We talked like friends and the time just flew by. Before I knew it, it was 11pm and I needed to head home before the last tube. Sam walked me to Oxford Circus Station, not before managing to convince me that one last drink was a good idea. Secretly, I knew him walking me to the station was just a ploy to get me on his own! We had one last drink in The Argyll Arms – well he had one last drink, I had water. Somehow or another, we started talking about food, specifically the barbecued taste sensation that is shish kebab. I really shouldn’t be surprised, we both love food! He admitted to me that he’d never tried shish kebab he’d only tried take away doner. I instantly thought, “well, I need to correct that!”. Anyway, by this point it was about 11:45pm and we both really needed to make that last tube! Sam then asked me if I’d like to meet up and go out, I smiled and replied “yes”.
Five and a half years later and we’re engaged! I’m so happy! I had no idea Sam was going to pop the question on my 30th birthday. It was a lovely surprise and romantic gesture. I suppose you all want to know how he did it? Well I guess it started the day before – he had called my Dad and asked his permission. A traditional move but one I and my dad appreciate as its thoughtful. Not that I’m a traditionalist but it is a gesture I appreciate.
The day of my birthday was a crazy one. I woke up in the morning, Sam made me poached eggs on toast (my absolute favourite breakfast, sooo good!). I necked a mug of coffee and headed to Kennady’s in Ingatestone to get my hair done. I wanted a couple of inches cut off the ends as they were so matted and dry and a nice chocolate brown colour put on. After a couple of hours my hair was done and I felt ready to face the rest of my first day of being thirty.
The whole drive back I was a bunch of nerves inside. I knew I had to call the estate agent and find out what was going on with the house we were buying. It wasn’t a situation I wanted to face to be honest, especially on my birthday. But I knew that I’d enjoy the rest of the day without worry once I had faced it. I got home made myself a cup of tea and called them. A few minutes later and we had lost the house. I instantly felt relieved of worry. With that done I was ready to spend the rest of the day on the up and feeling good about life.
The next feeling was excitement. I hadn’t opened any of my cards or birthday presents! EEE! I started with my cards and read all the lovely messages people had written. Then to the presents! I had so many wonderful gifts! I felt so incredibly spoilt. A few hours later and Sam and I were on the train into London. He had planned a surprise birthday outing for me! We made our way over to Westminster on the Jubilee line. Its not an area of London I’m familiar with at all and I had no idea what we were doing. Westminster station is like nothing I have ever seen – it was escalator upon escalator and so industrial looking. I felt like I was in some huge crazy underground nuclear bunker. I had a teensy bit of vertigo when by the third escalator we still hadn’t reached ground level.
Once we got outside I looked around and we were right next to the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben were behind us. I asked Sam where we were going and he was reluctant to tell me but I got it out of him eventually… we were headed to Westminster Pier for a sunset river cruise! We walked down and had to wait a little while to get on the boat but it was a beautifully warm evening so being outside was nice.
We sat on the top deck of the boat and admired the views of London. Its a totally different perspective when you are on the river! Theres all this modern architecture around the banks but occasionally you spy something that looks medieval! It reminded me of how old London is and how many different eras it has been through. We had a glass of champagne and enjoyed canapés while we cruised along. I saw so many buildings I’d never really seen before – MI5 and MI6 as well as ones I recognised – Battersea power station, the Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern. It was such a beautifully warm evening I felt quite blessed!
After the cruise we walked along Westminster Bridge. It was about 8:30pm and I was getting hungry. We decided to head home, grab a bottle of red and order a pizza. I still had no idea of what was coming. We got home, pyjamas on, pizza ordered and glasses of red wine poured. For me, it was a great way to end my thirtieth. Pizza is one of my favourite take aways – we ordered from Papa Johns and got a tub of peanut butter ice cream. I got to choose hehe. I can’t quite remember if the pizza arrived first or after but next thing I know Sam got down on one knee, opened a grey box and asked me to marry him! I looked at him, looked at the ring, looked back at him and said YES!
So thats my little story!
The ring is beautiful and I can’t stop looking at it. Its absolutely perfect. It feels so elegant and it sparkles in such a magical way. Every time I look at it I think of Sam and think of what our future holds. I’m so excited! I’m a little scared about organising a wedding but I’m planning to get myself an organiser to help the process. I’ve seen some lovely ones on Etsy. I think I might have a little splurge next month. I have no idea when we will actually get married or how but these are things we can talk about and figure out.