Lockdown Love: Cáoimhe & Stuarty's Romantic Picnic Engagement
Ain't no mountain high enough for Cáoimhe and Stuarty's love!
Firstly, we must ask, how did you and your new fiancé meet?
"Myself and Stuarty first met each other during the summer of 2010. We live 5 minutes apart but never knew each other until we met on a night out in Banbridge. At the time I worked in a local bar and noticed Stuarty’s visits for a Lucozade became more and more frequent! Soon after our relationship began.
"We love nothing more than going to concerts, booking city breaks and heading on holidays. We feel very lucky to have created so many fantastic memories that we have been able to reflect on."
We're all dying to know; how did Stuarty propose? From what we can tell, it was pretty scenic...
"Stuarty had planned for a proposal up Slieve Binnian, little to my knowledge. So we set off early on Sunday 26th July 2020 and began the hike on a beautiful sunny morning, but shortly after the fog and mist came down thick and fast. We reached the top with a bit of a struggle and quickly made our way back down. There were long periods of silence but little did I know why! That didn’t stop him though! That evening Stuarty convinced me to take Lola, our dog, for another walk to Murlough beach. We walked the beach, stopped off for a picnic and soon Stuarty was down on one knee and popping the question along with a photo book of some of our favourite moments from over the past 10 years. The simplicity, location and having Lola with us was perfect."
Little did you (or any of us) know how the rest of the year would unfold. How are you finding wedding planning during Covid?
"Our wedding was originally planned for this August, in the Ballymascanlon House Hotel, but we have decided to postpone until next year. With the uncertainty of guest numbers, and being 1 of 11, it was impossible to guarantee our family could be there to share our day with us. We were also very lucky to be able to change all of our plans over to our new date - with all suppliers being very accommodating and understanding.
"Before postponing our wedding I had set up my own Instagram page @covidbridetribe to share our planning experience during Covid-19. It has been a fabulous way to connect with other couples in our situation and has become a place for everyone to share their tips and suggestions.
"We have also been into Jack Murphy Jewellers and have ordered our wedding bands (at Christmas before we decided to postpone) and again the service was fantastic! We both felt very at ease and were given lots of time to try on and choose."