If you attended our wedding nearly six years ago (wow, how time flies!) you will know this story well thanks to the hilarious speeches. But for those of you that weren’t present, here’s a little post about Andy’s ‘unique’ Peruvian proposal….
Back in 2009, Andy and I had a ‘now or never’ moment, resulting in us leaving our jobs to travel the world for the following 8 months. We had an amazing trip taking in the wonderful sights of South America, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, S E Asia, India and Kenya and came back engaged after an utterly idyllic proposal at the sun gate overlooking Machu Picchu in Peru.
When I say idyllic, I’m talking about the scenery of course. The setting was absolutely breathtaking and the views out of this world. When you’ve been trekking for three days relentlessly, up and down the steepest of mountains, the first time you catch sight of Machu Picchu at the end of the Inca Trail is a pretty magical moment and the perfect place for a proposal; the boy did good! But unfortunately my handsome boyfriend who was down on one knee in front of me, wasn’t looking his best….
Sadly Andy had had a severe allergic reaction to something on the first day of our Inca Trail trek which got increasingly worse throughout our time in the Andes. So much so, on the penultimate day of the trek (day three) our guide insisted that the two of us carried on the trek alone to get Andy to hospital for urgent medical assistance. So we waved goodbye to our fabulous guide, porters and new buddies and set off to get Andy some help!
Despite his incredibly puffy face and body, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we arrived at the sun gate (where Andy planned to propose at sunrise on our final day) just before sunset and we pretty much had it all to ourselves. I was too busy marvelling at the sights when I turned around and Andy had got down on one knee. He asked me to close my eyes ‘as he didn’t want me to see him looking like he did when he asked me’ and he asked me to be his wife. Although we’d always talked about marriage, it came as a complete shock and despite his puffiness it really was the most romantic proposal in one of the world’s most idyllic settings.
A teary first photo as fiance and fiancee before heading to the Medical Centre!
A week after the proposal, we were at a market in Bolivia where we chose a bright red ring made of coconut shell which was to become my temporary engagement ring until I got the real thing upon our return to the UK.
I still love that ring to this day and treasure it dearly.
In 2010, we had the most brilliant wedding day and here’s a glimpse of Mr O looking normal again! Phew!