Popping the question was made a lot easier for one nervous groom-to-be this Valentine’s, courtesy of a £5,000 diamond ring from the Belfast Telegraph.
David Wand managed to gather up the courage last Friday to ask the love of his life Grania McAughey to be his bride.
She said yes and the lovebirds, who are expecting a baby in May, will be celebrating a sparkling engagement on this most romantic of all days.
Grania, from south Belfast, says she feels like the luckiest woman in the world after her boyfriend of just over two years surprised her over dinner.
Grania and David had been talking about marriage for a few months when David spied a Belfast Telegraph competition to win the £5,000 sparkler.
The 23-year-old couldn’t believe his luck when he received a phone call last week to tell him he had been drawn as the winner of the gorgeous platinum-set gem.
Of course the real winner was Grania and Friday was picked as the proposal day because David had work commitments today.
Ever the romantic, David picked a favourite restaurant of the couple’s as the location to ask “the girl of his dreams” to marry him.
“We were out for dinner in the Moghul in Botanic and I just waited until she went to the toilet and I set it in front of her.
“I initially tried to place it in her dessert but I broke the dessert plate as I was shaking so much, so I just placed it on the table,” David said.
“When she came back I lifted the box and showed her the ring.
“She said ‘what is this?” and I asked ‘will you marry me?’.”
Grania beamed: “I couldn’t believe it when I came back and saw it sitting there.
“It is so beautiful, not too big, not too small, just perfect. I am so lucky.
“There was a big table of eight women behind us, so he wouldn’t get down on one knee,” she added.
Wrapped up in the moment and overwhelmed about sharing their special news with family, David forgot to share one detail with Grania — that he had won the ring.
“I didn’t tell her until Saturday morning. I didn’t want to ruin the mood. She was shocked to hear I had won it,” he said. Surrounded by engagement cards and delighted with his new-found status, David added: “She is my world, she makes me smile and I love waking up beside her.
“She is everything to me and I would be lost without her.” For Grania it is the perfect start to what she hopes is a perfect year for the couple.
“It is going to be a very exciting year and this is the perfect way to start.”