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Danielle & John

CONGRATULATIONS TO LOCAL BRIDE-TO-BE DANIELLE ROSS WHO IS OUR AUTUMN ISSUE’S ‘MY PERFECT PROPOSAL’ WINNER

It’s not a very romantic thing to say, but I don’t remember the first time I laid eyes on my fiance John but I imagine I was about 11 or 12 when we rode the same bus to school.

I have no doubt John teased me when we were kids. He’s always joking and having a laugh. At the age of 15 we had some friends in common and I got to know him a bit more. I knew I fancied him and I was fairly certain he liked me too – a mutual friend betrayed his confidence and told me so!

Soon after my 16th birthday we started going out and have been going strong ever since.

So here we are eight years later and living together when John told me we had Saturday night dinner plans with his sister. I was really looking forward to it and was a little disappointed when he told me last minute that his sister had to cancel but not to worry. To make up for the cancelled dinner he told me he had booked us tickets to go see Good Vibrations in the Queen’s Film Theatre, but it starts at 4pm so I’d better get ready quickly.

As we were leaving I noticed that John was wearing a shirt. This was very unusual but he just shrugged it off saying that he had spent time ironing it for our dinner date and he wasn’t letting his effort go to waste. I thought nothing more about it.

We entered the QFT and went to the Box Office where John asked for, “Two tickets for John Black”, and we were casually told to go to screen two. As we made our way into the screen another staff member stopped us and said she wasn’t sure if anything was showing and John showed her our tickets. “Oh sorry, my mistake!” was all she replied.

So I settled into my seat in the theatre and noticed that we had the screen all to ourselves but it didn’t seem that strange because it was a sunny day outside. The lights went down and the trailers played and the The British Board of Film Classification certificate appeared and as far I was concerned nothing was amiss. How wrong I was! ‘Here in your Arms’ by Hellogoodbye started to play and “Boy meets Girl” slid across the film screen, “they quickly fell in love”, and then “Here is their eight years together…”, and I remember thinking “This is just like us-we’ll have to go see this movie.” Yes, I thought it was another trailer…

Surprisingly John had made a beautiful video of the past eight years which featured all our travels, nights out, birthdays and graduations. It was incredible to watch our time together play out on a huge cinema screen. Finally John himself appeared on the screen. He was wearing a very dapper suit and I recognized our living room wall in the background, “Hi Danielle”, he said.

“The last eight years have been amazing and I’m sure you know by now what’s about to happen next. So I’ll hand you over to the handsome man next to you who has a very important question to ask you.”

John then got down on one knee and popped the question and of course I said yes. It was so dark in the cinema I didn’t see the ring until we got outside and it is amazing. It’s exactly what I would have picked for myself. Later John told me as he was down on one knee he could see the projectionists leaning through the glass to watch him and it was a little distracting.

Once outside, John told me his sister hadn’t cancelled dinner and there had never been one planned. He said that she was waiting for us in The House Bar and that we’d drive out to see my parents after a quick celebratory drink. When I got there all our friends and family had assembled for a surprise engagement party. I was literally the last to know about my own engagement but I couldn’t ask for a more prefect proposal than that. Danielle Ross

It’s not a very romantic thing to say, but I don’t remember the first time I laid eyes on my fiance John but I imagine I was about 11 or 12 when we rode the same bus to school. I have no doubt John teased me when we were kids. He’s always joking and having a laugh. At the age of 15 we had some friends in common and I got to know him a bit more. I knew I fancied him and I was fairly certain he liked me too – a mutual friend betrayed his confidence and told me so! Soon after my 16th birthday we started going out and have been going strong ever since. So here we are eight years later and living together when John told me we had Saturday night dinner plans with his sister. I was really looking forward to it and was a little disappointed when he told me last minute that his sister had to cancel but not to worry. To make up for the cancelled dinner he told me he had booked us tickets to go see Good Vibrations in the Queen’s Film Theatre, but it starts at 4pm so I’d better get ready quickly. As we were leaving I noticed that John was wearing a shirt. This was very unusual but he just shrugged it off saying that he had spent time ironing it for our dinner date and he wasn’t letting his effort go to waste. I thought nothing more about it. We entered the QFT and went to the Box Office where John asked for, “Two tickets for John Black”, and we were casually told to go to screen two. As we made our way into the screen another staff member stopped us and said she wasn’t sure if anything was showing and John showed her our tickets. “Oh sorry, my mistake!” was all she replied. So I settled into my seat in the theatre and noticed that we had the screen all to ourselves but it didn’t seem that strange because it was a sunny day outside. The lights went down and the trailers played and the The British Board of Film Classification certificate appeared and as far I was concerned nothing was amiss. How wrong I was! ‘Here in your Arms’ by Hellogoodbye started to play and “Boy meets Girl” slid across the film screen, “they quickly fell in love”, and then “Here is their eight years together…”, and I remember thinking “This is just like us-we’ll have to go see this movie.” Yes, I thought it was another trailer… Surprisingly John had made a beautiful video of the past eight years which featured all our travels, nights out, birthdays and graduations. It was incredible to watch our time together play out on a huge cinema screen. Finally John himself appeared on the screen. He was wearing a very dapper suit and I recognized our living room wall in the background, “Hi Danielle”, he said. “The last eight years have been amazing and I’m sure you know by now what’s about to happen next. So I’ll hand you over to the handsome man next to you who has a very important question to ask you.” John then got down on one knee and popped the question and of course I said yes. It was so dark in the cinema I didn’t see the ring until we got outside and it is amazing. It’s exactly what I would have picked for myself. Later John told me as he was down on one knee he could see the projectionists leaning through the glass to watch him and it was a little distracting. Once outside, John told me his sister hadn’t cancelled dinner and there had never been one planned. He said that she was waiting for us in The House Bar and that we’d drive out to see my parents after a quick celebratory drink. When I got there all our friends and family had assembled for a surprise engagement party. I was literally the last to know about my own engagement but I couldn’t ask for a more prefect proposal than that. Danielle Ross