The proposal according to Naomi...
My sister’s partner Reggie was coming over to London and my sister mentioned that she was planning a weekend trip to Barcelona for his birthday and wanted Errol and I to join them. In the past, I had mentioned the idea of travelling to Barcelona to Errol and due to hearing lots of negative things about the city, he wasn’t keen on going there. So when I mentioned the idea of going to Barcelona with my sister and Reggie, I was surprised that he was really excited about going. To be honest, the last thing I was thinking of was a proposal because it was hard enough getting him there.
We were having a really lovely time in Barcelona. Charleen (Sim’s good friend) recommended a beautiful hotel for us to stay in and also organised for all of us to eat at a rooftop restaurant on the second night of our trip. Errol was really laid back about it all. I remember that when we was getting ready I was going to wear a pair of jeans and a top. Errol suggested that I should consider wearing a dress but I said I was comfortable in what I had on and he didn’t press me any further to change.
From the rooftop, we had a beautiful view of the city of Barcelona. It was such a lovely evening, the conversation was flowing as we ate tapas and drank cocktails.
Then Errol started chatting about how we met. I thought he was just keen to let Charleen and her husband Jeremy know because this was the first time he was meeting them. I remember that he went to the toilet a few times and I asked to go with him, which again he was cool about. When I look back, I still can’t believe how relaxed he was.
I walked with him to the bathroom to stretch my legs and he was in there for quite a long time and I wasn’t sure what he was doing in there. When he came back and sat down next to me, I put my hand on his leg and felt something bulky in his pocket and I said ‘What’s that?’ he said ‘that’s my lighter’. And I said ‘okay’ – I still didn’t think anything of it.
He proceeded to talk about how we met and how well things are going. Then he started to get a little deeper into the conversation. After a while I said ‘Alright, babe. I think they’ve heard enough’. I can be quite private and I don’t like to brag. Things had been going well between us, but I thought let’s play it down a little.
Then... before I knew it, he got proper serious and then my sister screamed as Errol started to dig into his pocket.
I could see what was happening but I couldn’t believe it. It was like it was happening in slow motion. But I kept on thinking ‘no, this is not happening’. I was so not expecting it. He has never wanted to come to Barcelona, it really was the last thing on my mind. It was such a surprise!
When I realised what he was doing, I started to take more notice of what he was saying, the words were so beautiful and heartfelt.
Such a touching moment. I wish I had it recorded, but I know how I felt at the time and it was simply amazing.
I felt blessed to share the moment with my sister – it was a surprise for her too. I couldn’t believe when he went down on one knee, he was waiting a while for me to respond. I was looking at my sister thinking is this for real? The people opposite us noticed and started to cheer for us. I had such mixed emotions, I wanted to laugh, cry – you are happy, overwhelmed, in shock and overjoyed, all at the same time.
After some time I heard Errol say to me, you haven't answered me yet and I eventually found the words to say ‘YES, OF COURSE I WILL A MILLION TIMES OVER!’
I gave him a big hug and then my sister rushed over and gave me a hug.
I’m so happy that I was able to share it with the people that were there! It was a really special and unexpected moment - in the middle of the La Ramblas, Barcelona.
Errol is such an amazing guy, that was his moment to tell me how he felt about me.
Now, You’re engaged to be married!
It still feels so surreal, I feel really blessed, content and happy. However it feels like you’re organising a wedding for someone else. That’s why I expect that it will be so emotional on the day of the wedding because during the time leading up to the wedding you are so focused on everything else – that you can lose sight of the reality that ‘you’re getting married’. I’m so grateful to have found someone so special. Errol has shown me a high level of love, respect and protectiveness – he is someone I can have a laugh with. I am so thankful.