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That's Amore for Dale and Catherine
5:27pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
DALE Connelly’s hands were shaking when he got down on one knee and proposed to the love of his life...on a pizza.
The Colchester gardener hired out Southend Pier and got Pizza Express to send the couple’s favourite pizza to the spot to make the cheesy moment perfect for girlfriend Catherine Scott.
Dale, 23, spent weeks planning the surprise and proposed with a preserved Haribo ring.
But it almost went wrong for the couple with Dale having to trick Catherine to the very end.
He said: “The logistics of planning an engagement at the end of the world’s longest pleasure pier can be quite hard.
“I had to make sure the photographer I had hired and the pizzas arrived before we did.
“The pier closes at 8pm and Catherine knows that. I’d also told her we were going to Pizza Express afterwards and she got a bit upset thinking we might miss our table.
“She sat down on a bench at the end of the pier and I asked her to get up. She turned around and I got down on one knee with the table set up behind me by Pizza Express.”
The proposal all went to plan and the pair sat down to their favourite goats cheese pizza to celebrate.
A special message on the topping read “High tide, low tide, I’ll be by your side” and “Time to start our happily ever after”.
Dale, who is one part of Colchester gardening duo Skinny Jeans Gardeners, said: “It was the most nervous I have ever been. I’ve been on Sunday Brunch in front of a million people and that didn’t bother me half as much.
“Catherine has made me the happiest person. I will always remember her face when I asked because she had no idea.
“I chose Pizza Express because we are both big fans. They did me a really big favour. I might have to ask them if they’ll do the catering for the wedding.”
Dale decided on Southend Pier because it was their first holiday as a couple.
They spent the rest of their weekend in a beach hut on the Western Esplanade and Dale bought Catherine a diamong ring on Saturday.
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