Me & Mine // A unique Peruvian proposal

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!


This is my post to enter Oliver’s Travels bloggers competition to win a long weekend in the Algarve to Vidamar BeachVilla.

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  • DonnaMarch 31, 2016 - 10:05 pm

    Oh his poor puffy face! But look at your wedding photos – you are just the most beautiful couple! xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyApril 1, 2016 - 6:24 am

      What a lovely lovely comment to wake up to Donna! You’re making me blush! Thank you! XxReplyCancel

  • Kara GuppyApril 1, 2016 - 6:42 am

    What an amazing experience, I would have love to have travelled. Did you ever find out what he was allergic to?ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyApril 1, 2016 - 6:46 am

      We had the most amazing trip Kara, and I’m so glad we bit the Bullet and went. They think it was the suntan lotion. I won’t name the brand on here but it’s one of the big boys and a fair few people have come out in the press since saying they are allergic to it as well! XReplyCancel

  • JoannaApril 1, 2016 - 9:32 am

    What an amazing trip the views look fab, I’d have loved to have gone travelling. what a lovely proposal even if ur hubby was puffed up it must have been such a magical moment for u.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca | aaublogApril 1, 2016 - 10:09 am

    such lovely pictures – such a special thing to treasure. Your hubby looks completely different, bless him – allergies are the worst!ReplyCancel

  • Harriet from Toby & RooApril 1, 2016 - 8:41 pm

    Oh your wedding photos are beautiful – and what a handsome husband he is, such a startling reaction in your proposal pics! H xReplyCancel

  • Michelle MurrayApril 2, 2016 - 6:42 am

    Aww this is such a beautiful story. Look at his poor face. I was just about to ask what he was allergic too but saw its Suntan lotion. My son had that and can actually on wear one specific brand. Such lovely photosReplyCancel

  • emma amoscatoApril 3, 2016 - 7:56 pm

    Machu Piccu is one of the most amazing places I have been so what a fabulous place for a proposal!ReplyCancel

  • Alex Lamb & BearApril 5, 2016 - 7:44 am

    Wow! Firstly wow at where he proposed!! And secondly, wow at how different he looks in your wedding photos!! xxReplyCancel

  • Jemma @ Celery and CupcakesApril 8, 2016 - 1:52 pm

    Such stunning photos! You both look gorgeous in your wedding outfits.ReplyCancel

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