Madrileen first set eyes on Stefan when her friend’s friend brought him along on a night out. They were both in their fourth year on Varsity, and spent the evening talking and dancing.
After over two years together, the couple went to Ramsgate with Stefan’s parents during the December holiday. Stefan suggested a walk on the beach as the sun began to set. Madrileen found a message in a bottle as they walked along, and with a little help from Stefan, she opened it.
At first she felt sorry for the recipient of the letter, as the writer explained the girl could no longer be his girlfriend…until she read on and realised it was because he was asking her to be his wife instead. The last sentence read ‘Madrileen, will you be my wife?’ and she looked up to see Stefan down on one knee. Her answer was ‘yes, yes, YES!’.