Alicia and Phil

How We Met

Phil and I met over 11 years ago when I was just 18 (he was 19).

We went to the same secondary school and his younger brother was even in my classes but we didn’t really know each other that well. One Friday night I went out with a friend for a few drinks and Phil was also out. I really fancied him and I’d had a few so approached him, we were joking and chatting and dancing and at the end of the night he offered me & my friend a lift home – whilst I’d been on the vodkas for a bit of Dutch courage he’d been on water ?.

Alicia and Phil's Engagement in On the beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

When we got to my house he asked for my number and I gave it him in his trendy flip phone and he flipped it shut without saving it!! The next day he wanted to text me and realised he didn’t have my number so went out again that night hoping to bump into me but found my best friend instead who passed on my number. He rang me straight away and asked to see me the following day and we’ve been together ever since!! ??

how they asked

Despite being together for over 10 years, we’d never been on a long haul holiday so we decided to book 2 weeks in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. On the second to last night of the holiday, Phil said there was a “pop up restaurant” on the beach and he’d booked us a table and I didn’t think anything of it.

When we got to the beach it wasn’t a restaurant at all it was a candlelit dinner for two in the moonlight and it was gorgeous!! I began to hope maybe this was the night but Phil pretended to be as surprised as I was and said he didn’t realize it was just us two. He waited until the very end of the meal (and the first bottle of champers) and then he finally asked me the big question!!

What made it really special was the ring box. Shortly before my 21st birthday, my mum had bought a red heart-shaped ring box as a “subtle” hint that he’d pop the question on my birthday – he didn’t!! Haha! But he did keep the ring box and when he proposed he said that he felt it’d only be right to give it to me in that box and as he pulled it out I recognized it instantly and started crying!! ???

It was amazing and well worth the 10 year wait!! ????

Special Thanks