The Lovettes ~ Meet Kay and Sam

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Happy Friday readers! It’s time to hand the blog over to another of our Lovettes. Please give Kay a wonderfully warm Love My Dress welcome. Her tale of saying yes to her childhood sweetheart is a must read!

I know I have said this countless times, but I can’t quite believe I am sitting here blogging for Love My Dress. Even though 4 weeks have passed since Franky delivered the news, part of me is still expecting to receive an email saying that my invitation to become a Lovette was just an awkward administrative error. Until that moment comes, I plan to cast all my wedding joys and burdens onto you Love My Dress readers. My husband-to-be, Sam, is keen to have his moment as a blogging groom, so you can expect to be hearing from him as well – I might even let him take over a post!

There couldn’t have been a more appropriate month for me to share my first post with you; last week Sam and I celebrated our 8th anniversary and at the end of March I will be turning 21. Any maths savvy readers will have calculated that we must have been together since the age of 13, which is indeed true.

Kay and Sam

Our old form tutor proudly refers to herself as Cupid, after putting us next to each other on the Year 8 class seating plan, but the love really blossomed over MSN instant messenger where our deep and meaningful conversations ranged from ‘history woz well boring 2day’ to ‘have u dun the maths homework?’. But this eventually became the place where we both confessed we had a little crush on each other and decided to give the whole boyfriend-girlfriend thing a go.

Fast forward 8 years and we’ve managed to survive through GCSEs, A-Levels and nearly 3 years of university spent living on opposite sides of the country. Along the way we have built up an endless store of wonderful memories; being hopelessly lost in the back streets of New York, welcoming each of our five nieces to the world, several intense disputes over board games, the list goes on and on.

As crazy as it sounds, I was 15 when I knew for certain that I had met my husband. Some may say that you barely know how to tie your own shoe laces at that age and if I’m honest I would probably agree! But for some reason, there was no doubt in my mind at all. So when Sam asked me to marry him on a beautiful sunset evening by the Serpentine river in London last summer, I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a sneaky suspicion that the moment was coming; that of course didn’t stop me from crying my eyes out.


The weekend before asking me to marry him, Sam ventured out on his own to choose a ring. The process was made easier by the fact there was only one place we would have wanted the ring to come from; a small family-run local jewellers that we had visited over the years. I really don’t envy him having to buy anything for me as I am notoriously indecisive (and pretty choosy), but he managed to select a perfectly delicate white gold and diamond cluster ring, and I will happily admit that I couldn’t have chosen better myself.

The day after buying the ring, Sam sneaked my parents out for lunch to ask for their blessing. Thankfully, I am not the best at detecting unusual behaviour so even after speaking to my mum on the phone that evening it didn’t cross my mind that something was going on. At the time I had moved to a tiny East London studio flat while I was interning in the city, and Sam was working as a book designer for a well known publishing house based on The Strand, hence why I didn’t immediately suspect anything when Sam suggested we go for a scenic Friday dinner in London.

Kay and Sam (3)

It wasn’t until the day itself that I began to wonder if he was going to propose. The thought crept into my mind and settled there while we shared a lovely riverside dinner at sunset. When we walked through the park and sat down beneath a secluded overhanging tree, as we had done for years when we were kids, I just knew it was coming. That was when Sam got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.

So that brings us to March 2014, with just under 18 months of wedding planning to go. In my next post I will fill you in on all the progress we have made so far, but I would love to know if there is anything in particular you would like me to discuss as a real bride. Let me know in the comments below!

Lots of love,



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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.

20 thoughts on “The Lovettes ~ Meet Kay and Sam

  1. Hello Kay! Wow, you really are childhood sweethearts aren’t you? I love seeing all those photos of you growing up together- so sweet. You look like a very happy, in love pair, and you write really well too. Looking forward to following your wedding planning journey! X

  2. Hello Kay,
    You’re so spontaneous that turn in beauty any reality. You brought me to tears.
    I will continue to follow your steps … and I wish you a wonderful journey together.

  3. You seem like a pair of old souls who have known each other for aeons 🙂 Can’t wait to see your journey unfold x

  4. Hi Kay!! It’s so so lovely to see our Lovettes gracing our pages! Sat here beaming away reading your story and imagining how excited you are now about your upcoming nuptials.
    And I always LOVE a good childhood sweetheart story – you both look so young and sweet in that first image – it will be incredible to sit though an album of images since you met in years to come and see where life has taken you.
    Sam absolutely must start work on some of his own blogs – we’d love to share his perspective – get him on the case already! 😉
    Love Annabel xXx

  5. Thanks so much Sama, I’ve never really written before so it’s such a compliment to be told that I write well! x

  6. Thank you for reading and for your lovely comment Lígia. I would love to hear from you again on my next posts x

  7. Thanks Annabel, glad you enjoyed reading. We’ve kept a photo scrapbook for quite a few years now, it’s not in the best condition but I can’t wait to add our wedding photos to it!
    I’m always curious to know what Grooms are thinking so hopefully readers would be interested in hearing from Sam. He has a design blog (mainly techy/arty things) so writing shouldn’t be as alien to him as it is to me! x

  8. Loved reading your first post Kay! Really looking forward to following your journey and I cannot wait to meet all the Lovettes in real life some time this year.
    Franky xxx

  9. It really is lovely to read all of your comments, I’m feeling so encouraged by them all! Please do keep following for the next 18 months, I will be blogging again in early May with a wedding planning update. Looking forward to reading about Lindsey next :)x

  10. What a lovely journey and so beautifully written. I look forward to reading the rest of your love story and thank you for sharing it x Ps I too had to hold back a few tears xx

  11. Oh I love your story. I met my OH when we were 16 and I’m so happy we found each other when we did – looking forward to reading more x

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