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My Coastal Proposal

Inspired by the gorgeous beachfront wedding I featured yesterday, it seems quite apt to share with you the story of our engagement and my beloveds beautiful coastal proposal…

Above the beautiful sands of Croyde in Devon sits a bench at a spot called Baggy Point. This bench has been part of my life for many years. I used to sit on it with my grandparents as a child. I used to live in Hong Kong and the coastline of my mothers native Devon mesmerised me…it was so striking, lush and peaceful and I always felt so safe there…

And once my family had moved to Devon, my Summers were still spent along this part of coastline, as it was the perfect spot for us teenage girls to gawp at surfers! So it was the most obvious choice of a weekend break when my 19 year old self was intoducing her new boyfriend to the sights of my local area…after all, I wasn’t ready to thrust my ‘Ma Larkin’ mother upon him just yet!

Adam fell in love with Baggy Point before he fell for me, but as our love grew, so did our love for the rickety bench and it’s view across the sea. We’d always stop and sit on our bench en route to my parents…it’s our little haven, the place we go to defibrillate…so it seemed very appropriate that Adam should insist on stopping there on our way to visit my folks for new years eve…

As we parked up, put on our welly boots and hiked up to our little bench, I didn’t suspect a thing. It was beautiful, dusky and impactful, the sea was grey and the sky was a sharp mix of dark blue and purple…we sat and talked of the last year and our hope for the new one – and just as I started to complain of the cold (with my nose running and my lips turning blue) my darling boy got up…and then went down on one knee…

It was the most perfect moment of my life so far and I will never forget the sensation of my face feeling cold, my face feeling salty and the dramatic sound of the waves lapping below.

Photo credit: Jen Bryant Photography

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