Our Engagement Story - Aisling and Ronan
“It was really like a love-at-first-sight scenario.”
Aisling and Ronan’s love story got off to a fitful start, with the couple going on their very first date nine years ago. “We briefly went on a couple of dates,” Aisling recalls, “but we went out separate ways. We were both very young.” All was not lost, though, as the pair kept in touch over the years, “just as friends”, until, in December 2014, “after a few months of texting, we met on New Year’s Eve – and we’ve been inseparable ever since!” Aisling says it wasn’t long before she knew Ronan was The One. “I know it sounds clichéd, but it really was like a love-at-first-sight scenario,” she says. “Yes, we had dated briefly before – but this time, after only a week of dating, I was madly in love. I knew he was the one.”
“I had no idea at all it was coming.”
It was Valentine’s Day of that year before Ronan asked Aisling to make it official – and then a mere two years later, “on the sunny island of Gran Canaria”, Ronan got down on one knee and asked Aisling to be his wife. “Of course I said yes! It was the happiest day of my life,” Aisling reminisces. “I had no idea at all that it was coming. We were both in tears – it was so romantic.” Ronan proposed to Aisling with a promise ring. “He knew I’d want to pick out my own when we got home,” Aisling explains, but it turns out that Ronan wasn’t far off the mark with the promise ring he picked, “a beautiful halo style ring with a diamond band.” In the end, the ring Aisling picked out is “nearly identical”. The couple chose their engagement ring in Fields the Jeweller in Drogheda. “The girls in the shop couldn’t have been nicer helping me pick the perfect ring – a beautiful round centre diamond surrounded by a diamond halo and five claw-set diamonds on the shoulders. It really has the wow factor.” Aisling says she’d definitely recommend selecting the ring together. “It was so exciting going together to pick it out together. It’s such an important piece of jewellery and it’s great to get exactly what you want.” As for wedding rings, both Aisling and Ronan opted for diamond-set bands. “Mine matches my engagement ring – I hope to get a second to sit on the other side after the wedding,” says Aisling.
“It's the most exciting time of your life.”
Aisling says she loved the engagement period: “It’s the most exciting time of your life!” The pair have been engaged for two years now, and their “fairytale wedding” will take place in August of this year, in Cabra Castle, in Co Cavan. “We booked it about a month after our engagement,” Aisling confides. “Time has just flown by! I would definitely recommend taking a year or two to plan and enjoy it all. We’re on a high now, counting down the days until we say ‘I do’.”
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