With a huge smile on her face, Lee-Ann recalls the moment the love of her life got down on one knee.
‘I had an idea that it was going to happen but I didn’t know when. I didn’t expect it to be in the sea!’
On the beautiful Island of Mauritius, John Williams, 48 proposed to Lee-Ann Reeves, 51, in March 2017.
John’s frustration after many attempts to find the right moment throughout the holiday gave the romantic proposal a twist when he laughs, ‘I’ve been trying this for a few days, just get it on your finger!’
‘I was scared he was going to drop the ring in the water,’ says Lee-Ann, ‘it was funny, but very romantic.’
John and Lee-Ann were hoping for a low-key wedding abroad, but with 5 daughters, they realised that might not be possible.
‘We planned on going away and having a really quiet ceremony, something quite simple. But we didn’t want to exclude our daughters so we said we need to do it at home, really.’
After six-and-a-half years together, the couple finally tied the knot at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth on July 21.
‘It ended up being quite big and it was a beautiful day,’ explains Lee-Ann, ‘I loved it. I loved every minute of it.’
Lee-Ann says although the wedding was slightly bigger than the couple had hoped for, she had everything she wanted and it turned out to be a lovely day.
‘Walking into the square tower and everyone’s face looking at me - I just felt so happy that all my friends and family were there. I loved that bit’.
The couple had their reception at Still and West, Old Portsmouth, with friends and family.
‘We had the top floor to ourselves - it was lovely,’ says Lee-Ann.
The couple saved some of the romance for the honeymoon at the beautiful Greek island of Alonnisos.
‘It was really relaxing and luxurious and it just gave us time to unwind.’
The newly-weds both have demanding jobs with John travelling to London every day as a computer draughtsman and Lee-Ann working in the heart of Portsmouth as a health visitor. Therefore, it’s no surprise they wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives.
‘We did nothing but eat, sleep, read books and flop on the sunbed.
‘It was lovely to reflect on everything that has happened and look at all the wedding photos,’ says Lee-Ann.
‘And we loved just spending time together.’
These fabulous photos are by Carla Mortimer Photography.
BY JESSICA HOWELLS