Alex on proposing to Kelly
"Kelly & I met on Tinder, we had a connection in common which was her brother, I took over from her brother's role at Outstanding Branding. We met at the right time, for both of us it was the last roll of the dice using it, after that, I thought I would have to reside myself to one night stands for the rest of my life. First off when we matched on Tinder conversation ran dry, she even thought I was boring...
She ghosted me for a bit, and then when I was at a Christmas party a work colleague who knew her brother Jared, egged me on to message her again. It worked, we had our first date 3 years ago on the 28th December we went on our first date in Shoreditch. She was late which wound me up no end but meeting her more than made up for it. Thankfully my personality changed her boring opinion of me.
It was refreshing to meet someone so honest. We both decided to be super honest with each other from the start. And we both still are to this day, I think that’s why we work so well together. Sometimes I think my family likes her more than me, I needed a strong woman in my life
We purchased our London property in October 2019 and made it our own after living with my parents for a year to help us save.
Kelly is from Durban in South Africa, her mum still lives there. Sadly her dad passed early last year who I got on with very well. When we were over there early last year I asked for Kelly’s hand in marriage to which her mum said yes. Kelly’s godmother’s daughter works in the Jewellery trade over there so I worked with her to get the perfect ring for Kelly she’s always wanted and had it shipped across for when the time was right.
Over the years in the Industry, I had built up a good rapport with Scott Pearce who owns and runs DATUM design & print. Due to COVID and not being able to go anywhere to do the deed I thought a seaside-style Foamex face in hole board would be just the ticket. I worked with his team to create the attached. I’ve devoted most of my working carer to the merchandise industry, I couldn’t propose using a bit of merch, could I?
I knew it had been delivered to our home address when Kelly called me whilst I was in the office asking what the hell I had been ordering as when it came flat packed it was about 6 feet long! Little did she know what it was for!
When the big day came I arranged for Kelly’s Brother & Girlfriend to take Kelly out for the day as she’s extremely nosy. To say I was nervous was an understatement. I managed to set up the living room and the rest was history!"