A wildlife photographer nearby captured the moment for the couple to remember.
Proposing to one's partner is such a beautiful moment. People often spend months preparing for the perfect proposal and the pressure is real. However, for this one couple, the proposal was more special and rather unusual as well. Bee Nichols, 29, and James Kavanagh, 28, accidentally proposed to each other at the same while on a winter getaway. Unconventionally, Bee went down on her one knee while on the dog sledding holiday in Riga, Latvia. However, she was in for a surprise of a lifetime, per Cambridgeshire Live.
James went down on one knee as well and presented her with the engagement ring she'd chosen from an antique store in London. She had simply happened to buy a matching ring for James a few days before the holiday. Bee and James attended the same elementary school and were members of the same running club and chorus. They reconnected during the pandemic when they both relocated to Leverstock Green, Hemel Hempstead, Hampshire.
I don’t know much about soulmates, but we had the same idea and wore matching hats. pic.twitter.com/tE1rCffZhH— Dr Bee Nichols 🌱 (@smileyplantlady) January 3, 2023
They became good friends and began jogging together, and when the initial awkwardness eased, the passion grew between the two and they officially started dating in January 2021. Bee said of that getaway, "It was such a romantic weekend. I booked for us to go dog sledding which was really beautiful. We went for a walk through the forest where it was snowy, wintery and lovely. We went up an observation tower and James had gone quiet. I thought they knew I was going to propose but it turned out they wanted to."
James added, "I didn't have an exact plan but I'd spoken to Bee's friends about a plan I had. I originally was going to do it on a natural history tour but they mentioned the holiday - they said to definitely do it on holiday." They added, "I had the ring on me and I was waiting for the right moment to propose. When we got to the observation tower I thought this moment is really perfect."
Bee, a plant scientist, stated that when she ascended the stairs, she considered backing out because she was concerned about others around them. James said that they are an "easy crier" and it was "overwhelming." They added, "It was like all my emotions were trying to get through one door at once. It was really wonderful. I kind of figured she must have been proposing as it had been orchestrated to be so perfect." They were surprised but also went ahead with their own plans and proposed to Bee.
Bee said, "James didn't want to steal the moment. Accidentally saying no to a proposal has been a fear of mine since I was little. It's nice for someone to say yes to your proposal but it's even nicer when they propose to you too. I was overwhelmed, it felt like we were so in sync." A wildlife photographer nearby captured the moment for the couple to remember. Bee told BBC, "I can look at those pictures and immediately be back there in that moment." The couple lived together for a year but were in a long-distance relationship as James studies pediatric infectious diseases at Imperial College London and Bee lives in Norwich.