This is the moment that two little girls helped their mummy ask their daddy a very special question.
With the 29th February Leap Year date falling earlier this week, mum of two, Aisling Megahey (30), from Belfast took the opportunity to flout the usual customs and asked her partner Chris Kennedy (29) to marry her after seven years together.
The trainee makeup artist got their two little girls Ellie (4) and Isabella (1) to help with the proposal by holding up signs with messages to their daddy.
They told him how much they loved him and how they love being Kennedys but there was a problem - their mummy wasn’t a Kennedy… yet.
Aisling 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.
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.
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!”
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.