We woke up early so that we could get ready for the side car motorbike ride and wine tour that I had organised.
I felt shattered as I didn't sleep much the night before because I had planned that while on the wine tour we would stop and be left alone for about an hour while I showed Cara a video that I had made for her and then I would ask her to marry me. The video was one that I had made with the assistance of Apertunity Productions and featured many of our friends and family in it saying a nice message to Cara.
When thinking about idea's I thought "what is it that Cara loves the most?" I decided that it was her family & friends as well as food & drinks, so the video was my way of making them all features on the day. It took some organising but with help of our friends and family I had an amazing feel good video. At the end of the video there is a photograph of me holding up a giant sign that says "Cara will you marry me?" So I had the video put onto my iPad in a secret folder all I needed to do was set the scene.
When I got up and looked in the mirror my eyes were bloodshot and I felt like crap. The night before I had purposely gone to bed early but still managed not to sleep. I was thinking the obvious thoughts like "what if she says no?"
I walked outside onto the balcony looked up and it was grey, cloudy and sprinkling with rain. I was devastated, I had built up to this day for most of the trip and now it wasn't going to be as perfect as I had planned.
I checked my email and I had received an email from the side car company who recommended that due to the weather forecast of rain and storms that it simply would not be worth the trip out to the wineries. I felt sad and told Cara the news. She was disappointed we couldn't go but obviously not as much as me as she didn't know what I had planned and suggested some other things we could do. I was overcome by a sudden panic because I hadn't made a back up plan. Every single day on our holiday the weather had been perfect, why did it have to rain and storm today!? Normally I would be able to talk it through with friends or family but Cara was with me so I couldn't even sneak a call in to phone a friend.
We left the apartment and went to a chocolatier. I got churros and chocolate to try and cheer me up. It was delicious but my brain was still racing about what I would do.
Cara wanted to go to the Picasso museum so we went there but it started absolutely bucketing with rain while we were standing in line so we bought a crappy umbrella and huddled underneath it for about 20 minutes until we got inside. The museum was pretty cool. Picasso was a pretty talented man. After walking around the museum for a few hours we headed back towards our apartment and stopped in and got lunch on the way.
After lunch back at the apartment I layed down on Cara's lap and fell asleep while the TV was on. I think she was on her phone writing one of these blogs.
I woke up a bit later and felt much better than I had felt earlier. Cara and I had booked dinner at a nice restaurant name Viana for 7:30.
I got ready for dinner and we walked just around the corner to this restaurant. The service was great, it had a nice ambiance and the food was incredible. There was lots of tourists sitting around us. I asked Cara what she would like to do after dinner and she said that we should go to the Magic Fountain. I agreed and after a lovely dinner and a bottle of wine we went back to the apartment briefly (so I could pick up my iPad and GoPro) and we caught a taxi to the Magic Fountain. Just quickly I should mention that while we were at the apartment I had pre packed a backpack containing the iPad, the ring and the GoPro but when we got back Cara didn't want me to bring a backpack to the magic fountain because she thought it was dorky and unnecessary. I told her that I was going to bring it and she said no. I was in a dilemma because Cara was being stubborn so I said okay and hid the iPad down the back of my pants.
When we arrived it was packed full of people. We walked up to the fountain and Cara immediately got teary. The fountain looked incredible. Cara told me that she was feeling overwhelmed with all the beautiful things that she had seen so far in Europe. We watched the lights show until 11pm while drinking beers that we bought off the street. After the show I suggested that we walk to the top of the Disney like castle and have a look.
We walked up and I went to the bar and bought some Cava (Champagne) we walked to a grass area and sat down. I pulled the iPad out and handed it to Cara and started playing the video that I had made. Cara started laughing at first because the first clip was of Alex playing a song he wrote about Cara and then she started crying. The video lasts for about 16 minutes and our family are towards the end of the video so the closer it got towards the end the more and more she cried. At the end of the video Cara put the iPad down and I handed her a fortune cookie which had a note inside it that said: "Cara Elizabeth graham, will you marry me?". She opened it, looked up and said yes. I felt totally overwhelmed with emotion as well and realised that I was also crying. Cara hugged me and said that she felt so lucky to have me.
We went to a bar and had a glass of Cava while I told her all the details of how wrong my plan had gone and why I had been so quiet all day.
Fortunately for us both it ended up being perfect and unforgettable.