How did you to meet:
Stuart and I (Daena) met briefly for the first time while I was traveling through England after completing High School, but it was only when I returned several years later, to study in the UK, that the sparks really flew! It took me well over a year to realize that I was in fact in love with him, and even then he had to follow me back to California before I would agree to date him… But he fought hard and eventually (after 4 years of long distance) won me over & we are now engaged!
Describe the proposal:
The night Stuart proposed was something truly unbelievable. He flew over from London taking me completely by surprise. I arrived home to find a trail of candles & paper hearts leading me through my house and into the garden, which was sprinkled with hundreds more candles and a canopy of twinkle lights. Under the lights he had hung a hand made cherry-wood swing, complete with our names engraved into it…. It was while sitting on that swing that he proposed, saying that he’d had the swing made so that “no matter where we lived we would always have the place we got engaged to take with us!” Knowing that I loved literature, he had hidden the ring in an old novel that I had given him as a gift years before. It was truly breathtaking!
What’s your favorite memory from your proposal?
One of my favorite parts of the engagement was that he’d created a sort of canopy using strands of twine. At the end of each strand, he had clipped one of hundreds of keepsakes from our 4 year relationship… every love letter, card, Polaroid and cinema stub, as well as all his plane tickets and so many other random moments and memories. He hung them above and around the swing so that we could gaze at the stars through a cascade of our journey!
What do you love most about each other?
She said: What I love most about Stuart is his tenacity and courage… he fought long and hard to make our relationship work and even when the long distance took its toll, he never gave up fighting for us to be together!
He said: Two of the MANY things I love most about Daena are her uniqueness and her strength. She’s that kid that makes you laugh, makes you smile, confidently going about life to the beat of her own drum, but with an air of strength and integrity that I haven’t seen in many people… I don’t know anyone quite like her and I have just never been able to quit her! It also helps that she’s drop dead gorgeous and sings like an angel ;p.