• Katariina Holroyd

We're Engaged!

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

As the title suggests, and as you would have seen if you have me on social media, Didzis and I are engaged!! Very exciting news, especially during this worrying time when everything seems so uncertain. Now I am not someone who tends to write big, stomach wrenching posts but I will write a little bit about how we met, how it happened and how I am feeling.

A bit about us:

Didzis and I have known each other for about 7 years after we worked in the same hotel in London. At this time, we were just colleagues and I was only 21 wanting to have a good time. I do remember noticing how tall he was and thinking how exotic and Latvian he was with his deep voice and name I could not pronounce. This Aussie girl had never met anyone from Latvia before haha! Years later as I was passing through London on my way to Spain, Didzis slid into my DM’s (debates are still ongoing on who made the first move) and said he had a spare Britney Spears ticket and if I would like to join him and his friend. Of course, I went! You don’t turn down a free Britney ticket.

We ended up hitting it off and spent most of my week in London together. When it was time for me to go to Spain, we were really getting close so I invited him to join for a few days. We had a wonderful few days in Palma de Mallorca and when it was time for him to go home he asked me to come back to London with him. I moved into his old apartment and the rest is history! 1.5 years later and we are engaged.

We had spoken about getting married and it had always been something on the cards for us. It was just a matter of when. I had even shown Didzis what kind of ring styles I liked after a few aperol spritz’s during a holiday in Portugal.

So, how did it happen?

3 weeks ago, before all the world went into lock down. We were due to fly to Australia. Of course, this was cancelled along with my birthday party. Didzis apparently had bought the ring about 5 months ago and was waiting to get to Australia to ask my dad’s permission and then ask me on the beach in my hometown Noosa. With this not being possible and not knowing when it would be in the future, he said he did not want to wait until we were not allowed out of the house anymore. Unbeknown to me, he called my dad on the phone on the morning of my birthday and asked for his blessing.

I woke up on my birthday to roses and chocolates, the usual birthday surprises one would receive, so I did not expect anything out of the ordinary, especially a proposal. After breakfast we went for a walk along the Thames near our apartment. We had walked far enough that we were opposite Canary Wharf as Didzis was trying to find this small sand beach we had seen before, but the tide was in so it was underwater. He also tried to get me to catch the ferry across to the other side where we had first said “I love you”. I said I didn’t feel like it. The poor guy had planned this big romantic proposal in Australia, and I was not making it any easier for him! I am surprised he even went through with it after everything trying to stop him.

We were sitting on a brick wall overlooking the Thames and as I jumped off and turned around, he was on one knee with a ring asking me to marry him! I was so shocked; I don’t think I could’ve been more taken aback. I just said yes!

How are we feeling?

We are both super happy and have already decided that we would like to get married in Latvia which is where Didzis is from, next year in June. We had already decided that prior to being engaged. The guest list is growing larger and we have a few venues in mind that we will have a look at when this crisis is over, and we can fly over to Riga. Everything feels the same as it did, although I keep catching myself getting a glimpse of my ring on my hand. It really is beautiful, rose gold band with a beautiful diamond. He did well and I am super lucky and grateful I get to one day call this amazing man my husband!