For most grooms-to-be, the build-up to a proposal is nerve-wracking enough, but one Leicester romantic waited five years to pop the question in the perfect location.
Rob Hubbard and Amy Poynor, both 25, of Cheshire Road, Aylestone, were on the trip of a lifetime travelling across Thailand when Rob finally popped the question on a secluded beach resort last month.
But to keep it a secret, he had to enlist the help of Travel Counsellor Emma Savage who booked the itinerary for them and worked with a team of locals on the ground to ensure it all went to plan.
Rob said: “I had an idea of how I wanted to propose to Amy five years ago but have been waiting for the right trip to do it.
“As soon as we booked Thailand I knew it was the perfect opportunity, so I emailed Emma and asked for her help. I wanted it to be exactly as I’d imagined it.”
Emma, who started her travel agency six years ago, knew Phi Phi island would be the ideal spot for an engagement so spoke to her ground handler in Thailand to pick out the perfect spot.
She explains: “As a Travel Counsellor I have contacts in locations all over the World who are able to do the groundwork and ensure my clients are getting the best experiences.
“We spoke to the resort, picked out the perfect table on the beach and even ordered a bottle of prosecco so they could celebrate.”
But Rob still had to get Amy to the table without rousing her suspicions.
He said: “We went for a walk on the beach earlier in the day and Amy saw them setting up a secluded table on the beach, which I knew was for us, but she said we should try and book it the next night.
“Then that evening when we were getting ready she said she’d save her best dress for the next night on the beach, so I had to say I was wearing my best outfit that night and didn’t want to stand out so she wore hers.”
And as he had planned for years, Rob swept Amy off her feet (almost quite literally).
He said: “I’d planned on asking her after dinner but it was quite windy and I could see the ocean rolling in so I had to ask her before we got swept away.”
Back in England, Emma was also anxious to know how the trip was going.
She said: “I was thinking about them all day and sent Rob a cryptic email asking if he was having a good day.
“That evening I had a reply with a photo to say she’d said yes.
“As I have booked holidays for them since I started my business, I know the family and was delighted to have been asked to help with their engagement.
“That’s the best part of my job, helping people make special memories which will last a lifetime. I want all my customers to have the best possible experience, it has to be perfect.”
The couple, who both work for Next, are now busy planning a 2019 or 2020 wedding and with Las Vegas on the cards, Emma’s services may well be called upon again.
Notes to editors:
Photos: Rob and Amy on the night of their engagement
About Emma Savage:
Emma is a local travel expert, based near Stamford with over 20 years’ experience in the industry at travel firms including Thomas Cook.
She prides herself on offering a personal service at a time to suit you, including evenings and weekends and specializes in bespoke long-haul holidays and multi-centre trips around the world as well as quality family holidays.
Emma is an expert at arranging honeymoons and bucket list trips and with a 100% customer satisfaction score and one of the country’s leading travel agents on Twitter as voted by industry magazine Travel Trade Gazette.
All bookings are provided with 100% financial protection and ATOL cover.
Travel Counsellors is a multi-award award winning independent travel company with the highest customer satisfaction score of any travel company in the world.