Ad and I met at UEA in 2013 and became really firm friends. Two years later, after an enlightening New Years Party we saw each other in a different way. I started writing soppy poetry about his eyes and quickly realised that he was really special.
Fast forward a few years, we still live in Norwich, there is less bad poetry but the same knowledge that he is a really special human. I love his tenacity and his determination to learn. He has a fascinating outlook on life, and is always questioning if there is a better way to do things, and challenges me constantly. He loves to explore and has a deep love for nature and appreciation of the world. He is kind and generous with his love, and I am so grateful he chooses to share it with me.
Alice was first and foremost a friend but, over time, something changed. We confided in one another, helped each other through some of life's ups and downs and decided that we should be single and happy and wingman each other throughout final year in a sort of pact made up in a bar on New Year's Eve. Fast forward 12 hours and we decided to wingman each other, with one another!
Almost 4 years later Alice proposed to me whilst out enjoying a beautiful walk around one of our most cherished places, the gardens of Blickling. Over these years we'd become even better friends, opened up to one another in ways neither of us thought possible and spent many wonderous days exploring and marveling at the beauty of this thing we call life. I'd fallen long before for Alice's passion of caring, seeing the best in people, empathising, listening, learning and loving. She is a truly wonderful human being who leaves me awestruck every single day. I'm very lucky to have met her and even luckier that she asked me to marry her.
On the 6th October 2018 we wrapped ourselves up in waterproofs and set out to explore the gardens of Blickling Hall. Whilst exploring we found an amphitheatre made of yew trees, and sheltered from the drizel and poured a cup of coffee from the thermos. Alice began to tell Adam all the reasons she liked him and thought he was a pretty awesome person. Adam diverted the conversation to discuss the beauty of tree lichen. Alice reached into her bag and presented him a box, and asked if he would spend the rest of his life with her. Adam cried. Alice cried. Adam said yes. A week later Adam knelt on a bended knee and asked if Alice would spend her life with him. Alice cried. Adam cried. Alice said yes.