So guys, I just have the most exciting news… I’m ENGAGED! Uh huh. He only went and put a ring on it! I couldn’t feel luckier or happier. Not only was this the last thing I expected, but to propose in Bali: well it couldn’t have been more perfect! So if you love a bit of romance and are a sucker for big gestures -like me- I thought I better share all the juicy details for you! 😉 Okay so let me start by setting the scene for you a little…
It was our second night in Bali. We’d just touched down the night before, ready for the trip of a lifetime: three weeks island hopping through the beautiful paradise of Indonesia that has been on my wish-list for SO LONG! We’d had the most perfect day: exploring the Sacred Monkey Forest, wandering around the market, visiting the beautiful Saraswati Water Temple & Ubud Palace; really getting a feel for the place. I’d quickly fallen in love with Ubud and was excited for a nice meal out together, to really celebrate our arrival. So we got dressed up and headed over to the Swept Away Restaurant on the Ayung River; the longest and, arguably, most picturesque river in Bali.
Upon arrival, we had security buzz us through the gates before getting a short golf-buggy ride from the hotel, down to the restaurant. (What a way to arrive right?!) We then had the most beautiful greeting by friendly staff full of smiles, before being walked through a secret pathway to our special table for the night. Away from everyone else, we had our own wooden platform right on the waters edge; hidden away from for ultimate exclusivity and private dining experience. Amongst a breathtaking Balinese natural landscape, we could hear the gentle water flowing over the rocks of the river with 100 magical candles dotted over the rocks leading up to us. There was also an abundance of rose petals all around us, writing the words ‘I love you’ on the floor, and with a love-heart candle centrepiece to finish it off right on the edge. It was the most romantic setting I have ever set eyes on and even at that point, I was completely lost for words!
After a welcome cocktail and canopies, we watched dusk fall and the candles glimmer brighter on the riverbed. It was like something out of a fairytale and -right then- we felt like we were the only people in the world!
Our butler then came to introduce our menu, which had been handcrafted by Luke’s instructions; gathered into a truly spectacular 10-course culinary journey! We had seared scallops with chicken, avocado and caviar; lobster with a garlic foam & soy dressing; green gaspacho with prawn; wagyu beef with tempura lobster, soy beans & prawn air; beef medallion with roasted baby potato, mushroom, baby carrot & a red wine reduction; chocolate lava, apple soufflé with apple pie ice-cream and a beautiful little cheese board. Each section had fruit sorbet cleansers, and all was complimented with great wines and beer!
Everything was cooked to perfection, with michelin-standard flair. The flavours all tied together perfectly and it was just so good to sit down, have this quality time together, sharing this incredible experience. I had no idea what I’d done to deserve it, but I felt like a real princess; absolute royalty in fact! The conversation kept flowing, with so many laughs and giggles. And before we knew it the night was coming towards an end. But boy, had it been special!
We then had a couple of drinks on the sofa chair, cuddling into one another as we gazed up at the starry night sky. Luke then took my hands and walked me over to the candle-filled heart frame, with the river backdrop. He started stumbling a little (I’m now not surprised!), looking into my eyes as he said the most beautiful, heart-felt words before pulling out a delicate, little ring box, getting down on one knee and asking,
“Will you marry me?”
Tears welling up in our eyes, I said,
“YES! Of course I will. Oh my gosh. Yes!!”
I was so overwhelmed with the shock, love, and joy: it was almost a whirl of disbelief! It wasn’t just the setting or the food, the experience or even the ring (although that is by far everything I could have possibly wished for and more!!). It was the closeness. The intimacy. The huge gesture. And the MASSIVE surprise- because not once did I have any idea!
In that moment, I had never felt more complete. My best friend. My love. My future. And now, soon to be: MY HUSBAND! I am so excited to head into this whole new chapter together and cannot wait for everything that is to come. A special thanks to all our friends, family and you lovely followers who have said congratulations or celebrated with us. It’s an incredibly special time and your love and support means the world!
So here’s to a happy engagement and a long life together! Sending lots of love your way!