‘He was surprised but he knows I’m always up to something’ - Norfolk woman proposes to partner on Leap Day
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It all started with a card.
Oliver Warren-Ward, 25, sent a secret Valentine's Day message to Emily Hannant, 26, and when she worked out who the mystery sender was they started dating.
Three years later, Miss Hannant played her own surprise card – proposing to her boyfriend with a romantic written message on Leap Day.
Mr Warren-Ward, who works at Anglian Water in Norwich, was none-the-wiser when his girlfriend arranged a short break for them at Sprowston Manor.
'We had a nice meal there on Sunday, then I popped the question the next morning,' said Miss Hannant, who works for Thurlow Nunn in Holt. 'He was surprised but he knows I'm always up to something – he just didn't know when.'
He did not hesitate to say yes.
Miss Hannant said she first had the idea while on holiday in Miami last summer, and bought the engagement ring recently. The pair, who both live in Westwick near North Walsham, met through voluntary work.
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She didn't tell a soul beforehand, but on Leap Day she shared her feelings with the world.
For 23-year-old Dana Creedon proposed to her boyfriend Daniel Turner, 42, with a message in a national newspaper.
The Norwich model seized her chance on February 29, in line with a once-in-four-years tradition which sees women propose to their boyfriends on Leap Day, and she was delighted when Mr Turner said yes.
'I couldn't really sleep the night before,' said Miss Creedon. 'I got a message from my other half on Leap Day asking if what he had seen in the paper was serious.
'I said I was serious, and he said yes straight away.'
The couple met in a pub in Newmarket, where Mr Turner lives, in December 2015 and clicked immediately.
Miss Creedon said she decided to propose after Mr Turner's daughter Lottie, aged seven, put the idea in her head.
Lottie said she would love it if Miss Creedon married her father, and Miss Creedon thought she would love it too.
She measured his ring finger while he was asleep and chose an engagement ring.
The couple have already set a wedding date – in June this year.
Miss Creedon said her mother found out when she took her a copy of the paper.
'She was shocked but she's happy,' she said.