The leap year tradition of ladies taking the reigns of their relationship and popping the question led to a super romantic proposal at the 5 star Merchant Hotel.
Aisling Megahey, from Belfast won an amazing prize package to help her get engaged to her partner of seven years Chris Kennedy and dad to Aislings two gorgeous girls Ellie, aged four and Isabella aged one.
Aisling, a trainee make-up artist on Game of Thrones, entered a competition to win the special proposal package in conjunction with Lunn’s the Jewellers and proposal planning website, Propose2Me.com on The Merchant’s Facebook page earlier this month.
With the perfect cover story for their romantic overnight stay in The Merchant – Aisling told Chris it was a birthday treat for his 30th which he will be celebrating this week. The staff at The Merchant played along with the ‘birthday’ celebration story and even offered a special upgrade when the couple checked in as an added birthday bonus!
Their prize package included a ring to the value of £1500 from Lunn’s the Jewellers, a mouth-watering meal for two from The Merchant’s Tasting Menu in The Great Room Restaurant and an overnight stay in the hotel’s stunning C.S. Lewis Victorian suite. The grand scheme was planned by proposal planners, Propose2Me who set the scene for the surprise proposal, setting up props in the suite and arranging a photographer to capture the magical moment when Chris said yes.
This afternoon, Aisling and Chris paid a visit to Lunn’s the Jewellers in Victoria Square to pick out Aisling’s ring – a certified single stone diamond surrounded by diamond halo from Lunn’s Portfolio of Fine Diamonds. LIKE HELLO!!! What a prize!!!
Aisling said she felt that fate had a hand in their chance meeting and the proposal too.
“I first met Chris when I still lived at home with my parents. Chris’ dad had bought the house next door to my parents about a year previous but I had never seen him until one day he arrived at the door with a parcel for me, which had been delivered to his house mistakenly.
“When I saw him I fancied him right away – he’s gorgeous! After that we bumped into each other on a few occasions, on nights out and at parties. We had some friends in common and we became friends. One night he asked me to meet him for a night out in town, it was going to be just the two of us so I knew then he was interested too. We started seeing each other after that night and I knew even then that he was the one.
“Seven years later, we have two beautiful daughters together; he is the most amazing dad and the girls and I love him to bits. I entered the competition because I’ve always known that I wanted to marry Chris but life has its up and downs and things get in the way of your plans. We are so busy with our girls and work we rarely have any time for ourselves, it just seemed like the perfect time to take action and go for it. For me, winning the competition seems like fate… It was like it was meant to be!”
Aisling organized the most heart warming video complication of photos from the couple’s relationship with a video at the end of their two adorable kids holding up signs with a birthday message for Daddy – with a little added extra at the end! The video was set up on a iPad in the couples amazing suite with a message saying ‘Play Me’ on it.
Watch the video here – get the tissues ready – it’s a tear jerker!