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A magnificent fairytale setting, panoramic views, violins and church bells. Not only sounding and looking like something out of a Disney film, Fisherman’s Bastion boasts some of the best views in Budapest from its seven lookout towers.

Visiting between Christmas and New Years, this ornate, hundred year old looking castle will be remembered for an even more memorable reason in my travels.

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Our last day in Budapest, and the first sunny day of our Winter Eastern Europe trip, we caught the tram up to Castle Hill for the highly recommended views looking towards the Pest side of the river. We went early to beat the crowds and watched the fog lift, slowly revealing the Parliament Building across the Danube.

Walking around taking photos (as I spend a lot of time doing), I was unaware Mike was intending on proposing and was scouting around looking for the perfect spot while I was distracted. Having already asked permission from my parents nearly three months earlier, my Dad was recruited during our holiday to help.

Picking up the sign, not knowing Mike was behind me.

Picking up the sign, not knowing Mike was behind me yet.

The boys said “Let’s look at the views through here”, so with my Dad leading, we walked through an archway onto a balcony tucked away from other tourists. Without me seeing, my Dad placed a sign Mike had made onto one of the low fortress walls ahead. Nearing the wall, I looked down, saw the sign and picked it up. A little confused it took me a few seconds to realise what was going on. The sign was made up of passport sized photos of Mike holding cut out letters to spell ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME?’ and the last photo was of him holding a ring.

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Not realising Mike was behind me, I turned around to ask what was going on (I was a little bit in shock as you can see) and there he was, down on one knee holding out a beautiful diamond ring in a box. With the faint sound of violins being played nearby, there were some happy tears at this point as he said a few words and asked “Will you marry me?”. Of course I said “Yes!”.Β  It was the most beautiful, treasured moment to share, not to mention the biggest surprise of my life.

With the most coincidental timing (or really well played on Mike’s part), just as I said “Yes”, the church bells of Matthias Church started ringing out in celebration for us.

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Mike slid the ring onto my finger, then there was lots of hugs and kisses!

Meanwhile my Dad was discretely to the side and had filmed the whole proposal and engagement. A few people had gathered behind him as they realised what was happening, so we had a small audience who made excited noises of ‘awwwws’ in approval. I love having the video and being able to watch our engagement all over again. It’s our own real life romantic movie moment. Seeing it still gives me butterflies. My Dad felt very honoured to be there and be a part of it (and I am sure my Mum will have watched the video hundreds of times).

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The setting was incredible. Standing on the balcony, we had the backdrop of Matthias Church (constructed in the 14th Century) behind us, then in the other direction was the Hungarian Parliament Building. My Dad did a great job of capturing everything and it was special to have an impromptu engagement shoot while we were there.

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Mike and David_Matthias Church_Fishermans Bastion Budapest

A proud Dad and his seal of approval!

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We stopped to listen to the musicians playing their guitar and violin to take in all of the moment.

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After calling some of our family and friends to tell them the exciting news we went to a cafe nearby – Piknik Pavilon – to celebrate with a bottle of midday bubbles.

I was impressed Mike and my parents had managed to keep it secret for so long and that I had absolutely no idea of what he had been planning. Especially that Mike had researched and chosen the ring all on his own.

So, there on Castle Hill in Budapest, surrounded by views of the Parliament Building and Fisherman’s Bastion we got engaged to the sounds of violins and church bells.

Real life romance,

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  • This is such a sweet story! How special that your dad was there to capture the moment πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Charli! Very special that my Dad was there. He was pretty honoured πŸ™‚

  • This is the sweetest and props to Mike. What a way to do it! x

    • Thanks Catherine! Mike did very well. Such a special memory and so happy to have had it captured x

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  • Congratulations! This is so romantic and cute! Looking forward to the Vegas wedding photos!

    PS great interview with Brooke!

    • Thank you Zainab! The boy did extremely well. Still the biggest surprise of my life. Still trying to talk him into a shotgun Vegas wedding… Glad you enjoyed Brooke’s interview. Hope you found some of it helpful πŸ™‚

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  • This is such a gorgeous engagement story and you are so lucky that it was all captured on camera! The ring is so lovely; congratulations on your engagement xx

    • Thank you Kelly. Very special that it was all caught on camera. Mike did very well with the ring and proposal! x

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  • Satomi

    Hi Nicole, congratulations for your engagement. I am sure you are wondering who i am πŸ™‚ We met few times in Queenstown, i saw your mom today in the SPA! Do you remember me? i did massage couple times in the past.
    I dont know why but you have been always in my mind, when your mom mentioned about her daughter i realised the daughter would be you. I am so happy to be able to connect you again. Hoping everything fine over there and your health and happiness! Satomi @ SPA

  • so romantic! I almost could not restrain myself to cry.

  • Oh so beautiful, what a wonderful memory to treasure, in amongst so many future ones!

    • Thank you so much Emma. It is such a nice memory. I want to do it again πŸ™‚ Shame it only happens once! Very, very special x

  • Congrats again Hun! Such a fabulous proposal too!!! Well done Mike πŸ™‚ x

    • Thanks Lulu! Mike did such an incredible job. The sign he made absolutely blew me away. Love that I have that to keep as well πŸ™‚ x

  • Em

    Awww this is the first time I’ve visited your blog after finding it on my friends activity feed of bloglovin but what a day to visit πŸ™‚

    How absolutely stunning a location for a proposal and a lovely way to have planned everything out – he’s definitely a keeper! You two make an absolutely gorgeous couple – but just think now you need an even more impressive wedding venue so it’s not overshadowed by the engagement venue πŸ˜‰

    Huge congratulations.

    • Hi Em, thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Lovely to connect with new people. Haha, yes. Hadn’t thought about the wedding venue, so as to not get overshadowed by the surroundings in Budapest. It will be in New Zealand, which is naturally beautiful, so I’m sure it will be just as stunning.

      Thanks for stopping by and your wishes.

  • Ahh what a lovely way to propose. Congratulations Nicole!

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!! Well done Mike! and I love the people taking pictures of you guys in the background! haha YAY FOR LOVE! x

    • Thanks ChΓ©! Yay for love and special romantic moments. Big brownie points for Mike. Haha, yeah there were a few people across from us taking photos. Might have just been of the views though πŸ™‚

  • My dear, lovely Nicole, this is soooo romantic, conratulations again!! I wish you all the luck in the world.

    • Thank you so much Tina. Lovely of you to stop by and comment. Still feels like a dream πŸ™‚

  • this is so beautiful and perfect, congratulations Nicole <3

    • Thank you so very much Mariel. It was very special and a beautiful setting!

  • Best engagement story ever! I love the ‘Will you marry me?’ sign. How cool that it is made up of passport photos. Congratulations!! What a special moment. The ring is amazing! Okay, I am going to stop gushing now haha

    • Thank you Sammy! I was completely blown away by the sign as well, especially from a guy who doesn’t usually do that kind of thing. Very special to have something to keep. His story of cutting out the letters and going down to the local photo booth (and getting some of the letters the wrong way around on his first attempt) was so sweet in itself. A lot of thought and effort went into it which was the most special.