Engagement: Ashley & Maggie(!!!)

Remember when we said we had some exciting news to share? We got engaged! For about as long as we’ve been working on A Bicycle Built for Two, we’ve been talking about this occasion, but last month, I finally put a ring on it (as they say).

Ashley and I met while studying abroad at Oxford, so when we decided to go back for a quick visit this June, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to propose in the place where it all began! With the help of a few of her friends, I concocted a series of increasingly improbable scenarios that led us to the beautiful Worcester College gardens, where, way back in 2011, we had spent many happy hours strolling, drinking Pimm’s, and yes, occasionally studying.

After eliminating possible proposal locations #1 and #2, I led us to location #3: the main quad, where I got down on one knee (just like a straight man in a movie!) and pulled out the ring, which was secreted away in my purse. After many exclamations of “Oh my god!,” Ashley said that “Of course!” she would marry me, and we celebrated with tea and scones—as well as this lovely photo shoot.

Finding an engagement photographer from across the pond was actually trickier than I had been expecting, that is, until I found the awesome Marianne Chua, who calls herself the world’s only “funtojournalist.” Although she doesn’t normally do engagements, I somehow charmed her into coming up from London to frolic with us around the amazing Bodleian Libraries, the gorgeous Worcester College gardens, and finally, our favorite kebab stand, where we celebrated the end of a perfect day with fried chicken, chips (a.k.a. french fries), cheese, and a healthy dose of “burger sauce.” As promised, working with Marianne was a blast—and as you can see, the final product was (in our humble opinions) nothing short of stunning!

Photos courtesy of Marianne Chua Photography.

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Event Credits

Location: Oxford, U.K.Photography: Marianne Chua Photography // http://www.mariannechua.com/
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  1. Posted Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos! I love a good proposal shot! Huuuuge congratulations. What better way of celebrating than with chips!?

    • A Bicycle Built For Two
      Posted Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      Agreed! Food is always the best celebration!

  2. Anonymous
    Posted Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photo series! Congrats to you both – much love!!

    • A Bicycle Built For Two
      Posted Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      Thank you!! We, too, were amazed by Marianne’s photo prowess!

  3. Erica
    Posted Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    AHHHHHH!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!! How wonderfully exciting and so perfect to propose back in the place where it all began! Massive love to you, two! <3 <3

    • A Bicycle Built For Two
      Posted Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much! It was pretty perfect! 🙂

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