‘Jay, why am I blindfolded? It’s a cafe, I’ll have seen it before!’ Jay had called Jayne this morning begging her to let him have the day off. Eventually she’d caved but said he’d just have to do it tomorrow. We were both fine with the agreement! ‘I didn’t have time to book anything because I didn’t think I’d be here! I want to make it as much of a non-blag as I can!’ He kept steering me forwards until I tripped over a step he’d forgotten to mention. ‘Okay that’s it I’m taking this thi-’ ‘HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!’ What the? I opened my eyes and saw a room full of people in front of me, my family, my friends and then the rest of the band, with Hollie at the front trying to contain a huge grin. I looked up at Jay. ‘Happy anniversary Soph, I love you.’ ‘I love you too’ I whispered. I was in shock! Jay and I had been together for 9 months, not really a noted one to celebrate but here everyone was! I didn’t even know what to say, I was so overwhelmed. I buried my face into his chest and he picked me up and span me around. When he put me down I was facing the other end of the room and I couldn’t believe what had been behind me. Pictures of Jay and I were everywhere, there were beautifully decorated tables and banners. It was as if it were my birthday. I couldn’t believe Jay had done all of this for me. Oh god, this is what the phone calls and texts were about, why everyone was acting so weird with me the other day. I was such an idiot, I’d thought Jay was cheating and it made me feel awful, he deserved so much better than me! I turned around again and a tear rolled down my cheek. ‘Soph, what’s wrong?’ ‘Nothing, I’m just so happy Jay! I can’t believe you did all this for me, I don’t deserve someone as amazing as you.’ ‘I did it because I love you, it’s me that doesn’t deserve you! Do me a favour? Go look in that box on the table?’ I found the box and went to open it. At the bottom was an envelope and I pulled it out, opening it excitedly. Inside there was a piece of paper with intricate swirls and patterns all over it that read ‘Turn Around…’ I did as instructed and wasn’t prepared for what I saw. Jay was down on one knee holding a small silver box. OH MY GOD!! ‘Sophie, you’re amazing. You’ve stuck by me through everything, you’ve taught me so much and you’ve made me a better person. The fact that you stayed with me through the accident shows what kind of a person you are, especially when I couldn’t even remember you! I realise now that love isn’t about finding someone you can live with, it’s about finding someone you can’t live without. Will you marry me Sophie?’ ‘Yes yes yes yes yes yes!!!!’ I leapt at him and kissed him hard before he gently slid the ring onto my finger. Turning to everyone I saw that they were all clapping and cheering. Max, Tom, Seev and Nath all ran and bundled Jay whilst I ran straight for Hollie. ‘I can’t believe you’re getting married Soph!’ ‘Neither can I! Although I have a sneaking suspicion that you had something to do with all of this?’ ‘So you got me’ she laughed. She’d done well to keep it from me really, she was the worst liar I knew! Gosh, this was all so weird, I’m getting married! I’m going to be Mrs Sophie McGuiness, wow. I noticed someone standing watching me and I couldn’t believe who it was when I saw them properly. ‘Nicola!! Oh my god, hi!’ Nicola was my cousin, but we were as close as sisters, I’d tell her everything before I told anyone else but I hadn’t seen her for ages because she was at University in Plymouth. It was so good to see her, and I had so much to tell her! I gave Hollie a hug and squeezed her tight before filling Nicola in on everything.
Sophie ran off to see all her family and tell them everything, I was so proud of Jay. He did all this, it was completely his idea and he did it. It was amazing. At the end of the hall there was a little stage and tables all around it with assigned seats. I saw Jay walking around and giving everyone hugs and asking them to go find their seats. He had planned something, and I knew nothing about it. ‘Nathan, what is that stage for?’ ‘He’s got a surprise’ I stared at him then blinked at the stage. What on earth was he going to do? Nathan took my hand, we went to go find our seats and waited for Jay to get up on stage. We looked behind us and Jay was gathering the last couple of people to their seats and then jogged up the stairs on the side, he tripped, hoped no body would notice, everyone did. He laughed and grabbed a mic. ‘Yeah, that was funny’ he said and looked around at everyone. ‘Thankyou so much everyone for coming, this means so much, you all know that Sophie means the world to me, but I have something to.. say to her, in front of everyone’ Sophie was sat with Nathan and I at the table at the front right in the middle with the rest of us. She looked up at him and smiled. ‘You just, complete me’. He got many aww’s as replies and Sophie blushed. ‘And I want to prove how you make me feel’. Nathan, Tom, Max and Siva stood up from their seats and walked up to the stage, grabbed mic’s from the side then stood beside him. Everyone went silent and music turned on, it was magical. Jay looked into Sophie’s eyes, then lifted the mic to his lips. ‘Baby come over here’ I gasped and looked at Sophie. ‘I’ve just gotta tell you something, something’ She put her hands to mouth and gasped too. Jay sung the whole of Satellite to Soph, the boys joined in on the chorus and the atmosphere was incredible. Tears ran down her face and her face beamed, she looked at me ‘Hollie, this is unreal’. As the song ended I took my eyes off the boys and looked around me, everyone was cheering and clapping- we were so proud of them. Sophie hated dancing, but with his charm and good looks, Jay somehow managed to convince her to have a little slow dance later on when the DJ was playing soppy songs. I was sitting on Nathan’s lap and we were dramatically singing along to all the classics, as you do. Kelsey and Nareesha were walking around taking photos of everyone, they laughed when they saw us and took photos, but that didn’t stop us. ‘Have you seen Sophie’s ring?’ I said and stared at it as she was talking to someone. ‘Yeah, its beautiful’ Nathan smiled and agreed. ‘He’s been a pretty good boy today hasn’t he’ ‘Jay?’ ‘Yeah, hes done all this for her, its amazing’ ‘I could do so much better’ ‘Okay, 1. doubt it. 2. You are just looking for banter’ He laughed. ‘That’s true, I could never pull this off’ ‘Oh great, that’s good to know!’ I knew what he meant, but it still made me laugh. I waved at Sophie and she walked over towards us. ‘Please come dance with me, I look like an idiot’ We rolled her eyes and got everyone on the dance floor and showed off our ‘best moves’.
Hours passed and we spent the entire afternoon celebrating and spending time with a lot of friends and family. It was around 6pm by the time people started leaving so Jay and Soph stood by the door thanking everyone for coming and hoping they had a good time. Nicola came up to the door and hugged Soph for about a minute. I saw them talking for a while and Soph eventually nodded, they hugged again then she left. Nicola was the last person to go and when the door closed, Sophie practically screamed ‘That was amazing oh my god i LOVE you’ In Jay’s face and he lifted her up and span her around. ‘Eesh you guys, get a room’ Tom said as he nudged Soph and walked away laughing. I walked over to her and everyone else gathered. ‘Look at it’ She said and we looked all around the hall… ‘Do I have to clean that up’ She gave all of us evils and smirked. ‘I don’t think any of us do… Hotel staff?’ Jay said. ‘Come on we should do a small bit, I would feel mean otherwise!’ Nareesha said. ‘Yeah we’ll help’ I said and started collecting plastic cups. ‘Oh right, good point’ Jay lifted a bottle of wine and went to go put it away. ‘Guys look!’ Jay practically screamed and pointed at a corner in the room. My heart raced and I span around and searched to see what he was talking about. ‘What? Jay there’s nothing t-’ I turned back around and saw Jay grab Sophie’s hand and they ran out together laughing. ‘JAY’ I ran and the door shut in my face. We all stared at them both run away in awe. ‘…They did not just leave us to do all the cleaning up?!’ Michelle said. ‘They bloody tricked us, how do they, what?!’ Nathan rubbed his head and sat down. I raised my eyebrow and dropped the cups- ‘Oh my god, they are so getting it’.