Lucy Ella, 25, met her husband Sam when they were both students at the University of Sussex. She proposed to him in 2011 and the couple were married in 2013. Here, the University of Surrey PHD student shares with us how she did it, why she did it and what it felt like to be the one to pop the question...
"Then I saw a little bandstand and as we walked towards it, I knew I would propose there. We were standing in the middle of the bandstand and because the floor kind of looked like a compass, Sam said, 'Imagine if something amazing happened right now because we're in the centre of this'. I replied, 'Or maybe I could just ask you to marry me?'
"Sam said afterwards he had no idea I'd planned to propose, but did say it was definitely the type of thing he could see me doing. When we were on holiday in Greece a couple of years later he proposed back to me with an engagement ring, so it was completely equal. We were married in East Sussex in a gorgeous place called Swallows Ost in September 2013 and it was a really beautiful day.
"To anyone else who wants to propose to their boyfriend, I would say you don't have to wait for them to ask you. If you think it's right then you can do it too and it will be just as special.
"You don't necessarily need to buy them a ring but I think it's nice. Sam's engagement ring is now his wedding band and he still says even now he can't stop looking at it - I'm the same with mine."
JUST ENGAGED? These rings are completely beautiful...
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