A ten-hour marriage proposal led a loved-up golf fan on a romantic treasure hunt around the city.
Clues planted at her favourite spots led Marieanne McKenna to Abbey Hill Golf Centre’s Pirate Island where Ollie Taylor was on bended knee to pop the question.
The 27-year-old had been told she was going on a mini-break to Bournemouth, but woke up to discover Ollie was missing and he’d left a note with her first instructions.
“At first I was a bit annoyed because I had been looking forward to going to Bournemouth!” joked Marieanne.
“But after opening the first envelope I was so excited at where the day was going to take me.”
During Saturday, May 31, Marieanne travelled across the city to places like Willen Lake, Caldecotte Lake and Campbell Park to solve four-line riddles directing her to the next destination - each time picking up an extra letter that would eventually spell out ‘Will you marry me?’
Each location had been specially selected as somewhere they first kissed, first met or had memories for the couple and Ollie had even roped in family and friends to help out!
“It was amazing,” said Marieanne.
“I met my friend at TGIF’s for lunch and then got my nails done with my mum. I actually started the first clue at 12pm and didn’t meet Ollie until 10pm!”
The big moment came when Marieanne arrived at Adventure Golf to find 25-year-old Ollie waiting for his bride-to-be.
The management team at Pirate Island had been fully-briefed on Ollie’s plan and closed the facility just for them, decking out the central pagoda in candle-light for the romantic final rendezvous.
Ollie said: “It took about six weeks to prepare everything, including planning it out on a giant map of Milton Keynes.
“I just wanted to achieve something special for Marieanne: you only get to propose once after all.”
“When I spoke to the team at Abbey Hill they were more than up for helping out. To be able to propose at the place we went for our first date was wonderful.”
Now, Marieanne and her fiancé from Great Linford are planning their big day in May 2016 after meeting in March last year.
Jenny Bull, wedding and events coordinator at Abbey Hill Golf Centre, said: “The couple’s first date was at Adventure Golf so Ollie thought it would be fitting to make his proposal here. Of course, we were happy to assist him and supplied champagne for him to pop the question.
“Everyone at Abbey Hill Golf Centre wishes them both the very best for their future together and we look forward to welcoming them back and Mr and Mrs Taylor!”