This afternoon is our final shortlisted bride to be from our competition to find our next contributor. It is now the turn of the lovely Victoria, if you enjoy Victoria’s post and would like to see more of her planning on the blog you can vote for her by commenting on this post. We then recommend you share the post so that more people can see it and vote! Last but certainly not least, here is Victoria’s introduction.
I feel like I’m having a déjà vu…..telling you my name, (Victoria) information about myself (I’ve just turned the big 3-0- eek!)….it’s like I’m back in 2009 racking my brains typing an online dating profile; trying to find the right balance between too little/too much information whilst wanting to sound interesting, normal (because let’s face it, there’s an abundance of what appears to be the opposite out there!) and like I’d be a good catch rather than a desperado teacher trying to avoid marking books! Ironic really, as that’s actually how it all started- I was indeed ‘caught’ on plenty of fish by my fiancé, Dan who at the time was living in France for work.
He’s an aircraft engineer (logical, mathematic, practical) and I’m a Secondary school art teacher (minus the stereotypical blue hair, piercings and tie-dyed skirts- efficient, practical yet creative all the same!) Somehow it just works! He keeps me calm and has taught me many things, including how to ski, whilst he has had the privilege of being on the receiving end of my gastronomic concoctions as well as being ‘encouraged’ to go on as many holidays to experience the world as we can possibly afford!
It moved pretty fast and Dan relocated back to the UK 9 months after we met to live with me in the flat that I rented in Cardiff Bay. We haven’t looked back since! Well, in actual fact we haven’t looked down since, seeing as we ended up buying the apartment directly above the one we previously rented- yep, the view is that good!
It’s quite fitting then that our first kiss was in the downstairs flat as well as being the first place we lived together, whilst our current pad is our first owned property and indeed where Dan proposed to me. Now I’m writing about it it seems like I’m more content with this than I was at the time…..! Long story…. but after 3 failed attempts involving a castle, aeroplane and banner, a parasailing experience and also a hired speedboat (apparently I ruined them with changing plans and then of course there was the sea sickness….!) you can imagine that having the love of your life propose to you (not on bended knee I may add!) in the dining room whilst you’re in your pjs with no makeup on and your hair scraped up like Vicky Pollard, doesn’t quite stack up to expectation!
But anyway- of course I said “Yes!” after staring at the haribo ring for a minute thinking that it was some sort of weird joke! (It’s ok- he made it up to me as he wanted me to design my own ring- cute- and then when we went to Paris in the summer- he quickly became aware that the cliché Eiffel Tower proposal was all I’d ever wanted, so he read me a poem when we were at the top and held my hand!)
Here we are now in September 2014, a year since the engagement and 10 months to the wedding itself! We decided on choosing a venue in France: Bellevue, Charente, (Near Bordeaux) which is sentimental to us- it was our first holiday and that’s where Dan was when he sent me that very first, clearly very gripping online message- plus of course the croissants are out of this world! Roll on August 2015 in Charente, France; although there’s plenty of bunting to sew, frames to paint and jam jars to decorate before then; but I genuinely can’t wait to marry my other half!
Thank you Victoria! If you would like to see more of Victoria’s planning and of course the wedding photos from that stunning location in France then make sure you comment on this post and share it so your friends can see it too!
If you missed them, you can see all five of the entries here.
We will be looking at all the comments, viewing figures and the amount of shares for each post over the next few weeks and will announce the winner as chosen by our readers on the blog and on our Facebook page very soon so watch this space!