This instalment of our True Stories blog series is written entirely by Mandy Nicholson. It’s a true love tale that starts in New York with a Photo Book and marriage proposal along the banks of the Hudson River. We’ll let Mandy tell you the rest of this real-life fairytale…
“Glen and I met on an online dating site (as you do 🤣)! We had both been married before, but as soon as we met, we knew it was going to be something special. That was 10-and-a-half-years ago!
Neither of us had really discussed marriage and, to be honest, I had always said I would never get married again. But, after 8 years of being together, it just felt right.
So, two years ago, I decided I was going to propose to him. I just wanted to get in there first, but also wasn’t sure if he’d ever ask me as we’d often said we were happy as we were.
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I decided on Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, as the place to propose, as it’s our favourite place in the whole world. When we’d visited previously, I’d noticed ‘love locks’ attached to the bridge. So I got a padlock engraved with our names, place, date and ‘Glen will you marry me’ on the back.
I planned to present to him at ‘almost’ the exact same spot we had previously had our picture taken on the bridge 6 years previous when we visited for my 40th birthday.
It was a weirdly hot day for April and I think Glen had finally had enough of me walking him “forever” to get to the bridge, then to the exact spot I needed us to be – but it was all worth it!
As he flicked through the Photo Book I gave him, he hadn’t a clue what was going on. Until he got to the last page which had no photographs, but simply said ‘page reserved for our wedding photograph’. I still didn’t think it had hit him until I got down on one knee, in front of tonnes of passers-by, and presented him with the padlock.
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He said “YES” immediately!!! It was a wonderful moment. As it happens, we didn’t attach the padlock to the bridge after all, having noticing that there were no longer many there and lots of CCTV cameras and a notice saying ‘$1000 fine for anyone locking padlocks to the bridge’ 😂. So we just kept them (I had a spare made just in case).
The Photo Book just set the whole scene. I had wanted something to give to him to keep, leading up to the proposal. Something that showed all the amazing and happy times we had shared throughout our years together. What can do that better than photographs? The book was brilliant. Fabulous quality and just what I wanted!
Our wedding day earlier this month was amazing. A perfect setting at the mouth of the River Tyne, overlooking Little Haven Beach in South Shields. We had a marquee and the weather was absolutely perfect!
We had such a happy day, shared with precious family and friends. The ceremony was very emotional, the speeches fab. In fact, during Glen’s speech, the Photo Book came into play again, as he mentioned what I’d done for him and how I’d done it, as he re-flicked through the book – this time on the Top Table!
The food to follow was lovely and there was an outdoor bar and seats so guests could enjoy the warm weather and we could have lovely photos. It was a magical day. One we’ll never forget.
It was over in a blur but at least we have memories preserved in photographs to bring back the precious memories of our amazing day.
The following day, we had decided to ‘lock’ the two padlocks we had together (as once locked, the links can’t be broken as these padlocks didn’t have keys). We thought that was symbolic and also nice to keep!”