Happily ever after following surprise proposal

A WHITE silk walkway scattered with red rose petals ran under a delicate archway of flowers with candles flickering gently nearby to set the perfect scene.And happily it was the perfect ending to the marriage proposal by Daniel Laithwaite to Charlotte Tilley at Rioja in October.

Daniel, 22, admitted he had been planning the event for five months with the help of Rioja owners Dillip and Pam Mistry to set up the special evening – and keep it a surprise.

The garden area of the restaurant, on Uppermill High Street, was transformed for the occasion, with romantic music playing in the background.

“It looks beautiful and I’m pleased we managed to keep it a secret after planning it for so long,” said Daniel, who runs his own company as an electrician.

“I told Charlotte we were coming for a special tasting event with a few other people so she had no idea!”

The couple, who live in Greenfield, are regular customers at Rioja since having their first date their about two years ago.

When they arrived, they went out to the back ready for the ‘event’ – when they were suddenly alone in the special setting and Daniel popped the important question.

Dental student Charlotte, 25, said: “It was a complete surprise and I am so shocked but happy!”The pair celebrated with champagne before being joined by friends and family later on in the evening.

Dillip said: “Danny asked if he could use our garden space to propose to his girlfriend and we said let us help get it set up as we thought we could make it really memorable for them.

“We spent all day cleaning up and getting everything ready and with the help of local businesses we made it look really special.

“The whole thing worked like a dream. They were blown away by the whole setting – and she said ‘yes’! Congratulations to the lovely couple from all at Rioja Uppermill.”

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