A newly-betrothed bride-to-be has spoken of her surprise and delight when what she thought was a normal trip to Dudley Zoo turned into a proposal themed around her favourite animal.
Katherine Spooner went with childhood sweetheart Dean Wood, from Walsall, to celebrate his 24th birthday, and was thrilled when they were chosen to go up on stage to feed the rare Rothschild giraffes.
Little did she know it had all been carefully planned by her besotted boyfriend to set the scene for the ultimate romantic gesture.
Katherine, who is also 24, said she was taken totally by surprise.
I didn’t expect a proposal at all. I had no idea any of this was happening, I just thought we were having a day at the zoo with Dean’s parents, as it was his birthday.
I love giraffes and didn’t think I’d ever get the chance to feed them, so that was a huge surprise in itself.
It is the closest I’ve ever been to them and I couldn’t believe how strong they are.
Then I turned around and Dean was on his knee with a ring. I was totally shocked.
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